Ratbag Rhys Coffin says he will pay outstanding wages by Friday, let’s see if he does

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

Rip-off ratbag Rhys Coffin reacted quickly after our first post about him appeared here on Monday.

Within hours he had emailed one former We Love Media Group staff member – owed $6k – to update him. Amazing as there had been no contact since mid-December.

At 12.01pm, the following was received:

“I have been trying to get hold of people in my network over the christmas break who can help me to get cashflow in so this can be resolved and I’m at work today to continue with this. I will have a concrete outcome this week. 

“Will keep you updated.”

Fifteen minutes later, another email followed:


“I’ve got hold of 2 debtors just now and have set up meetings to collect funds for we and thurs. Will update as I know.

“There is $10k outstanding FYI”  

So it seems he jumped into action pretty quickly after being outed on this blog.

The former staff member is, however, taking these emails with a grain of salt.

“I’ve heard it all and been promised payment so many times before …

“I’ll believe it IF I see it in my bank account,” he says.

At the same time, the former general manager of WLM confirms that Coffin has asked him for bank account details for three former staff members.

Coffin also called me yesterday, during which he told me he was looking at invoices.

I will be monitoring the situation closely and have now identified another 9 victims of this serial ratbag, all owed thousands.

During my discussion with him I pointed out that staff get paid first, and his excuses were the excuses of broke ratbags the world over. He was silent when I pointed out that he seemed to have plenty of money for lavish restaurant celebrations with his missus…but nothing for his staff.

I also pointed out that given he can’t pay staff, nor presumably their PAYE that it was highly likely his “business” was insolvent, unable to meet day to day expenses. He should recognise this because he has a string of failed and struck off businesses to his name.

He said he would pay by Friday.

We’ll see!

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