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Des HagueVancouver – An elevator camera captured Des Hague, the CEO for Centerplate, repeatedly kicking a doberman puppy and yanking it up by its leash.

The video was released last week after someone sent it to the BC SPCA.  The surveillance video was from inside an elevator of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver.

The footage showed a man, later identified as Hague, kicking a puppy several times in the stomach as it cowers on the floor before hauling the dog out by its leash.

Centerplate is a $6 billion dollar business that employs 30,000 people. The company supplies snacks for sports and entertainment arenas around the country, including Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Superdome in New Orleans, the new Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco and Notre Dame.

So as you can imagine, when this video was released to the public and quickly went viral, damage control went into full effect – especially after some sports fans said they would not be buying any food supplied by the company.

Hague has released a statement that read in part:

“Completely and utterly out of character. I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”

Note that some are commenting that the dog was not a friend’s dog at all, but that it belonged to Hague. Not that it matters, in regards to the abuse, but it speaks more about Hague’s character if true.

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Centerplate also released the following statement:

“Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company’s clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review.”

Hague has only been CEO for Centerplate since 2009, but I’m going to go out on a limb by predicting that this won’t be for much longer. The public doesn’t like animal abusers, and social media can definitely put a large dent in the company’s profits for as long as Hague has a job.

There’s an old saying I agree with about a person’s true character being what they do when they think no one is looking. That means my character is covered in my own semen, sure, but what does that mean for Hague’s?

Fuck that guy.

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  • CT

    Who really cares if it is his dog or not? Big man — you kicked the shit out of a puppy. That makes you a major douche. The dog was just sitting there, doing nothing and he continues to kick it. It makes me sad. I wished I hadn’t watched the video.

  • Evan

    dude needs his azzzzzz beat

  • alohafuckers

    I’d never expect such sociopathic behavior from a CEO!

  • Craig Ellis

    And now for my next trick, watch my career eat toxic sludge!

  • King A sshole

    From now on when someone hurts a dog, they have to spread their cheeks and sit on a shotgun. What ever happens after that, happens.

  • ShelbySP

    He didn’t apologize to the fucking dog!!!

  • thebossessecretary

    You can really tell a lot about a person by what they do when they think no one’s looking.

  • Buffettgirl

    Fucking douche bag! And CLEARLY not a smart CEO if he didn’t realize that an elevator in an upscale hotel is going to have security cameras… Idiotard!

  • Texas Ranger

    I told you that you can’t trust them Canadians. I told you….listen to me next time I bet.

  • itsknotme

    “… a friend’s pet …”

    Is this Ravens Ray Rice’s dog?

  • CT

    It’s been years and I’m still not listening.

  • MrClayton

    In a totally unrelated story Micheal Vick has announced his move to Vancouver Canada.

  • Stormclouds

    You can tell far more about who a person is by how he treats those he sees as defenceless, kick HIM in the stomach… then blame it on annoyance… seriously, this guys a douchenozzle.

  • ScarletHarlot

    That poor pup, you could tell the dog was scared as soon as he cowered/ran into the elevator. Why have or look after a dog if you clearly don’t like them? Poor creature, it was stuck there on that lead, and all it could do was shutdown and lie there, hoping not to set off the monster holding him.

    I just don’t get it. How people like that take out their frustrations on a helpless creature. Sure, dogs have teeth and can bite, but they usually really, really don’t want to. All that one wanted to do was escape. Does he feel like a big man now?

  • Andy Deane

    What an absolutely despicable pile of shit. His apology sounds about as hollow as they come, and I hope the company will fire this guy. Not letting him go will say EVERYTHING we need to know about Centerplate!

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  • Sejanus

    Hardly out of character given he did it when he thought no one was looking.
    Then the pussy isn’t even man enough to admit he is a puppy abusing scumwad would should have his nuts scooped out of his scrotum with an ice cream scooper and fed to hungry dogs.

    Never giving his company one single dime of business.
    Hope he becomes homeless and is left to the mercy of others to sustain him…and they don’t.
    Such a little useless peckerwood.

  • Chinchillazilla

    CEOs are sociopaths. More at 11.

  • Chinchillazilla

    Heh, I made my comment before I read yours. Great minds.

  • Malodorous

    I’m sure the dog would have been deeply appreciative of such an apology.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am sure his wife and kids will support him when they get home from the shelter.

  • Lena60

    I can’t bring myself to watch it.My mommy puts me on a time out when I am bad.

  • sweekymom

    Too bad I’m not Centerplate with a baseball bat. I switch hit, so as soon as my right side got tired, I’d commence to beatin’ on him from my left.

  • sweekymom

    An update from Fortune:

    “Centerplate’s CEO Des Hague has been placed on probation, will donate
    $100,000 to a dog charity, and will do 1,000 hours of community service.
    Centerplate released a new statement, its third this week on this
    incident: “Upon internal review of the incident, and recognizing that
    Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere
    remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him
    we have decided to take the following immediate actions: Mr. Hague will
    be given a written censure by the Board whereby he will be placed on
    indefinite probation stating that any further acts of misconduct would
    result in immediate termination. As a condition of his continued
    employment with Centerplate, Mr. Hague will personally donate
    $100,000.00 USD which will be donated towards the establishment of the
    Sade Foundation in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator to
    help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of
    Vancouver where the incident occurred. Further, we are requiring Mr.
    Hague to serve 1000 hours of community service in support of an
    organization that serves to protect the welfare and safety of animals…
    Mr. Hague still faces potential charges in Vancouver, where he is
    personally responsible for charges and fines in relation to the
    incident.” ”

    Codswallop. Bitches, please, 1000 hours of community service? Only if he’s cleaning out animal pens at the local animal shelter. With his bare hands.

  • Texas Ranger

    I know you can’t help it. Not listening to reason and logic is a Female genetic defect…you were born that way.

  • madshrew

    He’s only sorry because he got caught, and he probably makes that much money in the time it takes to wipe his arsehole. 1 million would be more heartfelt. He will just be more careful as to where he beats dogs from now on. .

  • Delirious Devil

    It shows that on top of being a heartless animal abuser, he is also a liar. He said it was a friend’s dog in his press release. If it is really his dog, he is a liar. Just additional levels to his scumbaggery.

  • CT

    I know, I know. You have to say these things to someone, so I am your scapegoat. I know if you were to say this shit to Mrs. Ranger – actually, I’d like to see that. Video, OK?

  • Texas Ranger

    I have CT, I have. Good thing I’m one hell of a man and not easily replaced huh?

  • Jessie

    Haven’t people learned that no where is safe anymore? If you’re going to beat the shit out of someone/something- try not to do it in front of a camera. I mean really now, people. Cmon.

  • LuvsHorror

    Oh, that fucking turd!

  • LuvsHorror

    And how was that tent in the front yard?

  • Texas Ranger

    Surprisingly uncomfortable. Hot and bugs everywhere. I apologized and was let back in. See? I’m pretty smart too.

  • Lena60

    Reason and logic? You mean , lies and excuses?Thats what Us females call it. I guess men call it reason and logic 😛

  • Texas Ranger

    Being a chick, You are not authorized to know that.
    I cannot confirm or deny your statement.

  • Lena60

    Lmao TR 🙂

  • Tania

    hmmmmmm this guy is going to get what karma has for him!! ahole!!

  • xobo

    That company is a sewer. I can say so because I worked there for four months and from the beginning was subject to nonstop hatred directed at me by coworkers… with a CEO like Des Hague in charge of the place, it makes perfect sense. Yes I signed a couple of online petitions asking for him to be fired and it makes no sense to me the corporation would want to keep him unless they have no problem with abuse of animals, which according to the Vancouver rescue shelter the dog is at now, had been going on for some time. Oh, and Des Hague is a Republican, too.

  • Defafan

    Sure, who keeps track of his 1,000 hours? I want video of that. What a creep. Not surprised that some rich CEO heartless POS is abusing the vulnerable, sort of goes with the CEO territory right?!! Someone kick him in the balls please.

  • Shari M

    What Delirious Devil said

  • Ursula Pine

    apparently this dude has resigned Hague was “truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere
    remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him.” Hague was “truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere
    remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him.” I don’t believe that. I bet it was very characteristic of him. The fact that all his ‘apology’ statements tend to make excuses, or qualify it says a lot. “extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.” This is less about feeling bad for other people than it is about in a roundabout way, deflecting. It is trying to do exactly what it purports not to do, which is distract. Blame the cubicle. blame the company, blame it on a bad day. I believe one of the first school shooters, a girl of I believe either middle school or high school age was quoted as saying “I hate mondays.” His fake apologies also sound very canned and not very sorry. Maybe if he said he was going to make a huge donation to SPCA or do community service, not just BS words, it would have some weight, but the insincerity reeks like the choking scent of Polo in a boardroom circa 1985..

  • Lori Lynn Abell

    I can’t watch it, it was hard enough reading it