Let's leave Paul from New Zealand out of this, shall we. As long as I have known Paul, I can honestly say that he avoids these kind of rancorous affairs in all cases. He was caught up in one years ago and that burned him. So sorry to disappoint you and now you will have to look extra hard for your victim.
Concerning dear Scobie, I was referring only to what and to whom I saw in the picture at that moment in time, nothing more nothing less. Yes, indeed, I am also shocked an appalled by the behaviour of Karl in this instance. I meant what I said that he was (excuse the tense) an excellent, excellent fellow and that there was no end to his kindness, to his hospitality, etc, etc. I warned him and warned him against Karl in many conversations in his apartment across the road and I even secured a exceptionally well-paid position for him in his field -- business and accounting -- at one of the best universities in GZ, with a salary and perks higher than that and than those of PZ. In the end, however, another nasty trick by Karl intervened to prevent him from leaving and this is a story that few know and which I tell.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which is BEFORE the Gang-of-Three around here came to the school, the Guangzhou PSB was being very, very strict with visas. In many cases, visas were denied to prospective PZ teachers because of Karl's ineptitude and the ineptitude of the then FAO, Farr. Karl took no interest in the visa process of his teachers. Scobie's renewal was issued with no problem but his poor, poor wife was ordered deported home because Karl, that slime, reported to the PSB that he as FAO Director did not believe that it was a real marriage. So poor Maya was deported to Indonesia and there she sat for the better part of one year until after numerous interventions by the Canadian Consul General in Guangzhou (not the Consulate but the Consul General himself) and the Indonesian Ambassador in Beijing, she was at long, long last granted a visa ... an "F" visa for six-months at a time. Karl showed no misericordiousness in this at all. He would not intervene and he just lied and lied to poor Bob.
And it was at that time that Bob landed an RMB 16,000 + a month job teaching specialised courses at the most prestigious university in Guangzhou (and also one of the best in China) and unfortunately he had to refuse it.
So indeed may dear Bob rest with the angels and with all the saints of heaven.
And termination, if properly done, can only be paid after one-month's sick leave and a determination by a proper doctor from Guangzhou that he could have not returned to work ever.
And here I will tell you another story that I have partially-mentioned to show you what a liar and what a disgusting Karl is, in agreement with all of you. This has to do with the one month's illness period.
There was Daniel DeV., a truly not stable American who caused no end of problems at the College, including throwing bicycles in the river, assaulting random Chinese on the street, throwing buckets of water at passers-by near his apartment, etc., etc. The list of those he assaulted was endless. Karl refused to fire him. Then this Daniel goes to a public-house in Shenzhen (in the Chinese meaning and not in the Western-meaning) and after a long weekend (according to the police) at the public house, simply refuses to pay the bill. The pimp-on-duty beat him bloody and he was returned to the College, nearly inert, incontinent and non-ambulatory, in a blanket a la the Godfather. Karl, in his confused state, took pity and for two-or-three months, this Daniel DeV. did NOT work at all and he languished in his room, where he was waited on hand-and-foot by some of the persons still in the picture you posted on the Internet. AND KARL PAID HIS SALARY FOR ALL OF THIS TIME, yes, indeed, and the school held and waived the electricity / water, etc,. etc. charges. Totally unlike poor Bob. Totally. As soon as Daniel became ambulatory, what did he do? He went to the Bu Bu Gao down the road from the College and assaulted the cashier, truly like a madman. Then he went to the Huadu, the same day, and assaulted a passer-by, hailed a taxi with the passer-by's money and returned to the College. The Huadu police and the PSB called Karl and told Karl that they had identified Daniel and they were coming to arrest him. What did Karl do? Daaaaaaaaaaaa..he called Daniel DeV. in his apartment and told him that the police would be there in twenty minutes to arrest him. Now I ask you -- was that dumb or was that dumb? Or was it intentional? In any case, Daniel fled to Guangzhou Airport on the first minibus and somehow, somehow, being miraculously recovered, arrived safely in Thailand, where he resides to this day.
What the different in how Karl handled these two situations? I have no idea. Maybe you all have a better idea than I do.
Bob upheld honor and dignity and hard work for the entire time that he was at the school. He was kind to all who sought his counsel and his home was always welcoming. And in return for all of this, Karl was just degenerate.
Daniel, on the other hand, was the lowest of the low, and brought shame and disgrace to the College, to all American teachers in China, etc., etc., and Karl went out-of-his way to protect him, to care for him, etc., etc.
And then there was B., a Canadian guy with level 2 or 3 diabetes, a truly great, great guy. B. had a severe diabetic seizure in his apartment and everyone heard (he was a big guy) and Paul was his neighbor. He hit the floor unconscious, all 250 pounds of him. Everyone called Karl who refused to do anything at all and said that Farr would take care of it on Monday (this was Saturday). By the time the concerned neighbors, not the administration, were able to enter the apartment by crawling over balconies, etc., etc. the poor guy was in a coma and at death's door step. And Karl, that sh*t, never even bothered to explain his way out of that one. B. was remanded to the Intensive Care Unit at the best hospital in Guangzhou and with the help of the Consulate he survived but only barely.
What did Karl do? He fired him immediately and put all of this things in storage. When the family finally arrived from Canada, Karl had some glib excuse. And worse, he even told the Consulate that B. was a drunk (hardly, hardly ever drank).
Now your dear Paul was involved in both of these in not good ways -- first of all, he was in deep with this Daniel creature and knew what was going on. That was bad. On the other hand, it was Paul's diligence that saved B.'s life, when Karl simply didn't care.
And no, I am decidedly not Paul. And perhaps I am not even a male. So you are quite wrong, me thinketh.
And thus now you can understand my DEEP, DEEP revulsion to Karl's boy-toy whom he uses to gratify himself in a hotel in Huadu and who benefits from all kinds of special perks at the College (and don't be blinded -- just open your eyes).
The College is really beautiful. The students are really sweet, most of them, even if they are quite challenged learners.
But Karl is the incarnation of evil.
And for your information, and here is something else that you never knew, Karl has been permanently banned from entry to the United States of America. He is not EVEN eligible to apply for a United States visa and so he has been told. And I will let you figure out why....