Hell (Pizza) Hath No Fury

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Yay ! Hell Pizza have responded (again) to the original New Zealand Herald article about their ‘missing’ donation to the KidsCan charity and the snotty outpourings of one of its directors – the charming Warren Powell. It has taken 3 weeks to get the latest version of the originally released response – which was pulled within an hour of publication – edited for public consumption. This latest release is a much watered-down version. No apology for Powell’s original (“… these dorks …”) email. No glowing tribute to the work of KidsCan. Still, they have coughed up as originally committed – it took a public shaming and pressure but, hey, PR makes the world go round.

We can confirm that we have now contributed $10,000 to the KidsCan Charitable Trust. We would like to acknowledge that the plight of the youngsters who benefit from donations to KidsCan telethon far outweighs any misunderstanding that may have occurred between HELL’s Pizza and KidsCan. We apologise to KidsCan for delaying our donation as a result of our misunderstanding.

“Misunderstanding” it may have been but it is a bit rich of Hell Pizza to write that “we are pleased that [Kidscan] have agreed to use the money donated … to help relieve the pressure on those children who face each day without sufficient food or clothing”. Typical that they manage to snatch arrogance from what should have been a well-meaning apology. Oh well. Apparently, Hell Pizza have already given “more than $175,000 to the Canterbury earthquake recovery”.  So that’s alright, then.

Compare their new and old PR releases:

What Hell Pizza are saying now (click on image to see the original on Facebook):

Hell Pizza Response to the Kidscan controversy against them published in the Herald

Hell Pizza Pay Up To KidsCan But Continue To Carp On














What Hell Pizza originally said (click on the image to see the full size original):

Hell Pizza Original Response To The Herald Accusations Regarding KidsCan

Hell Pizza Original Response To The Herald Accusations Regarding KidsCan















SimonSeptember 27th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

For fans of Warren Powell everywhere, check out this story from NZ Herald. Seems Powell talked down the price of Hell Pizza when he was negotiating the price for the buy-back. Cheeky bugger. Of course, it is also fraud ! Hope this charming chap gets what he deserves :


James GrayMay 3rd, 2012 at 11:28 am

Perfectly reasonable. Rubbish like Kidscan gives charities a bad name

SimonMay 3rd, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thanks James – care to expand on that ?