A Hell Of A Pizza Guy
Warren Powell is a founder and puff executive for New Zealand pizza franchise outfit, Hell Pizzas [sic]. The marketeer has been hauled up in the New Zealand Herald today for refusing to pay a promised 10 grand to a local Telethon. Going back to the Big Night Telethon in 2009 in aid of the KidsCan charity, this charming chap initially agreed that Hell would cough NZD10K “in exchange for exposure” at the Telethon. Powell had promised organisers that Hell staff would make and provide pizzas too, emphasizing that all “proceeds from the [pizza] van [would go] to Telethon”. Nowt was coughed up and KidsCan declined to waste money chasing the dosh in Powell’s pockets through the courts.
Not quite the philanthropist, Powell is reported as writing to colleagues, saying …..
“So how does this work ? We gave away pizza by the dozen to these dorks and raised good [sic] knows how much; now am I expected to give them a chq in return for nothing?”
Er, well, yes, Warren, sweetheart. That why its called “charity” !
Having sampled Hell Pizzas, I am not a fan but did like the product concept and the way it has been promoted; equally it would be naive to assume that all companies give of their time and money to charity selflessly. Still, Powell pops up here as a rather grasping soul who is no doubt destined to plumb to his corporate namesake come the day of judgement. Tweets following up on the Herald story suggest sour grapes on the part of a disgruntled employee were behind it (see #HeraldHELL) but it would be interesting to hear Powell actually refute the quotes attributed to him. The official response (on Twitter by @HellPizza666) says he is away and cannot therefore comment. Meanwhile, time to promote others and boycott the rather lacklustre fare from Hell Pizzas and its mean marketing muppet. Helluva nice guy ? Nope. Give me Dominos any day.
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