Pizza Hut. Keeper of state secrets. Or something.

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Hi Team

Decided to call in some pizza after a hard week.  Look at the confirmation email.


That does seem a little over the top.

Is this one of those Americanism that we just blindly add to our corporate emails, or would it actually have legal standing in a New Zealand court?


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  • Troy

    It is strange, especially when it talks of “Any review….” that is weird. So if I ordered this food and my grandma wanted to look at the piece of paper to “review” it – that’s not allowed. What rubbish. It is Americanism at its worst, cover ya ass or i’ll sue it off.

  • Since I’m not the intended recipient, how do I now destroy it?

  • Essen

    There is no way that a receipt for pizza gives rise to privilege.

  • Michael

    knee jerk reaction to the “leaked” emails from ACC/WINZ/who ever.. perhaps? Kinda weird NZ’s worst pizza shop would care who go your order confirmation.

  • fecnde

    From what I’ve heard they have no legal standing what so ever.

    Something about a principal that you can’t unilaterally place an obligation on someone. I can’t send you an email and then require you to do (or not do) anything at all with it.

    But then – I am not a layer (but did hear this from one)

  • wiltinpenis

    Exactly. Corporate for ” cover one’s arse”
    And, in today’s world, I don’t see why the addition of the clause should be an issue – unless you feel obliged to actually read everyone of them you receive. Then , boring, boring, yawn.

  • MarcWills

    Yeah…nah. Think Bronwyn Pullar/ACC confidential email with disclaimer. Can get you a large payout if you play your cards right with a carefully groomed and selected Minister.

  • Sidey

    Hope this reader isn’t one of the Blubbergeddon contestants! Where’s the diet coke to balance the meal out?

    • RightOfGenghis

      Thought the same thing. This is not the food of a man serious about permanent weight loss. About to enter the compensation/reward phase ;)

  • Steve (North Shore)

    I just see it as someone in middle management justifying his/her pathetic existance

  • Bunswalla

    Interesting point about state secrets though – using the order number on the docket I was able to find the exact address in Nelson it was delivered to. Hope it was tasty.

    • Random66

      How did you do that?

      • I since edited the image to remove some information. When people submit material to the tipline, we offer them total privacy by default unless they specifically ask to be credited.

      • Bunswalla

        Tenacity and persuasion. And I’d never post the address; I also respect privacy :-)

        • Random66

          I didn’t think you would give out personal info :) I was just simply impressed with your super sleuthing skills and wondered how you did it. Not that I want to be able to do so myself, I just thought your ‘tenacity and persuasion’ was clever :-)

  • cows4me

    just more horseshit for the mindless masses to consume along with their pizzas.

  • a{random{reader

    You can’t bind a person to a contract without their assent.

    The conditions on the email are unenforceable.

    • peterwn

      Wrong – as shown by the Coco v AN Clark Engineering case. Although a UK case it has been ‘affirmed’ in NZ. See:

      “the information must be confidential in quality, it must be imparted so
      as to import an obligation of confidence, and there must be an
      unauthorised use of that information to the detriment of the party
      communicating it.”

      In this case Coco designed a moped and discussed manufacturing with Clark but no agreement was reached. Clark later manufactured the mopeds and sold them. Coco did not win as the design information was too generic to have any commercial sensitivity.

      Also by indicating the email may be legally priveleged, it may not be usable as evidence. So if plaintiff’s lawyer intends to send a privileged email to plaintiff, but instead accidentally sent it to the defendant, the defendant may not be able to use it as evidence.

    • Rodney

      It’s not about a contract. It’s about privacy, for example, the right of a fat famous person to eat as many large pizzas without anyone else knowing. Unless, for example, they made a public statement that they wouldn’t eat lots of pizzas, the fat famous person should be able to do that privately.