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.
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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