Langham Hotel responds to Kia Ora Gaza’s hate speech comments

On Sunday we posted about a woman who has commented with quotes from Adolf Hitler at Kia Ora Gaza’s Facebook hate speech site.

Her Facebook profile stated that she worked at the Langham Hotel and when I called the hotel they put me through to an extension that went to voicemail.

This morning I received the following correspondence from Franz Mascarenhas the Managing Director of the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

Dear Cam,

I am writing in relation to the comments made on your website in relation to Ms Sophia Pahulu who claims to work at the Langham.

At the outset, may I assure you that this lady does not work for us and has not worked for us in the past as well. I have spoken with our Telephone Operator who took a call around 6pm yesterday from someone whom she recalls as David, and she told this person that she is familiar with the name as she received an email about her. She clarified that the lady Sophia does not work at Langham, to which he asked ‘ So is she using a fake Facebook page? She responded saying ‘We will look into this.’  

We do not encourage or condone extreme views that attack people based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or any form of hate mail. Our Employee guidelines also prevent staff from publishing online content that may bring the hotel into disrepute. Should an employee disregard this policy, we follow normal NZ law that ensures we investigate and based on findings take relevant action that can include termination of employment where necessary.

I would be grateful if you could please assist in correcting this situation on your website as Ms Pahulu has obviously misrepresented her employment details. The Facebook page where she has claimed to work for us is no way associated with the official Langham Auckland website and has a notification at the top end clarifying that this is an unofficial site. We intend to write to Facebook as well and request that they take down this page.

If you would like any other details please do call me on my mobile which is [REDACTED]

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind regards,

Franz

That is a good response from Franz Mascarenhas, showing some real commitment on behalf of his company.

This case also hows the lengths that haters will go to obscure their real occupation when placing such appalling comments in social media.

Congratulations to the Langham Hotel for showing the correct and proper way to respond to such hate speech.

If only Kia Ora Gaza would show some remorse instead of just deleting the comment and saying nothing. It is their constant force-feeding of anti-semitism that breeds commenters like this.

Kia Ora Gaza and Roger Fowler are apologists and enablers for anti-semitism in New Zealand.

 

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