Again, I reported what was told me to the community in general as the story unfolded.
I posted the SAPS press release directly, as I did here. In my experience, if anyone misrepresents, nay, totally contradicts the facts like this, we normally say "this person is lying"
The press release doesn't state anything about how the police came to Search the house. Only your version of the story...
I spoke to various people in the Cape about this, not one of those told my they are under arrest, at the time that I spoke to them...
I reported what I was told as I tried to get more information.
I did not misrepresent, and I did not lie, and in My experience, when there are total contradiction in stories, It means there are more than one person's point of view on what happened ... Her version, His version and "The Truth"
Which is why we wait for the legal proceedings to take place.
At 9h37 PF Grobler asked:
"Sean do I understand correctly that the seller took the items to the police willingly and co-operated with them ? and provided them with all the detail of the where he bought the items ?"
To which I responded at 9h48:
"Yes, He is the one that reported to the police that certain goods he has for sale may in actual fact be stolen..."
Before I posted my next comment at 9h59, I updated my last post to read:
Just FYI - I am getting completely different versions of the same story from different people now. Will wait for SAPS to get back to me."
When it became apparent that the different versions that came in does not correlate at all... More than 8 hours before your next post on the forum.
And I emailed you at 10h04 asking exactly that, after posting the update on the forum...
If it insulted you that I asked in that email at 10h04:
"How exactly do you fit into this? I am getting conflicting reports from various people, as well as the SAPS"
Seeing that I have personally never heard your name before in my life... (I have heard tons about you since, though... )
After you started insulting me and the forum members in general I politely asked you again at about 21h31 on the forum:
I am sorry that you feel this is not factual information. I have emailed you in response to your earlier mail asking for clarification on who you are as well as the statements you have made, but you have not responded. I reported the information as it came to us from various sources. We are not the SAPS. This is a photography forum.
"Claptrap" and "pink unicorns" aside - nobody wants to be in possession of stolen goods and nobody wants to have much to do with criminal activity. Not the members, and not ODP, but to be fair, until a day ago, nobody on this forum has heard of you?
Please keep your comments civil and maybe identify yourself and your role in this more clearly. You are also very welcome to phone me at the ODP shop tomorrow morning if you do not want to do it publicly. I have been fielding calls from many members (buyers and sellers) this morning and have been responding to emails the whole day."
At which point you decided to insult a few more members (comments deleted but still available as screengrabs and admin reveal... just like all the comments you have made on FB, PiX, Modelbase, TurnItAround, etc - even the ones later deleted)
I have tried to remain courteous throughout, even though you have not afforded me the same, rather making sarcastic comments about myself and my wife (no, she is not a Somali Pirate...), inferring illegal activity on my behalf and ODP's community and membership, snide remarks, and outright accusations. Was the "Ja oubaas" comment supposed to be some kind of racial slur?
There is nothing more I can say to the Modelbase Community about this incident so I can happily now leave you to find another community to repost this blog that insinuates that ODP and it's admins (including me) is in some way trying to protect a criminal or criminal activity, at which point, I will come online again and we can start this dance over. Every time I can point to one more public location where people can read your exact words, and in the places they were deleted or removed or edited by you, I will post the screen grabs.
May I suggest that you rather spend your energy on a witch hunt for the thieves? And not forum admins and forum members that oppose crime just as much as you do?
(By the way, thank you for re-activating me on the modelbook portfolio site. Why did you delete the accusations you made against me on FB?)