“I have decided to silence my critics and show that I am indeed a man of honour,” Carl Freer told this stunned reporter last week.
I received a telephone call from Carl Freer who said he was calling from his hospital bed where he was receiving treatment for an old back injury. After 11 minutes of complaints regarding some of the sites articles he astonished me with the following statements.
“Critics point to the fact that in the past, in just about every one of my companies and ventures, my staff have gone unpaid and instead been left with fistfuls of shares and court judgements against me – both of which are unredeemable and therefore worthless.”
“I am tired of being touted as a criminal,” complained Carl Freer, his voice racked with grief. “It’s not my fault that all those companies failed – but people don’t see that. They blame me – all of these people have entitlement issues.”
A Most Amazing Mind and a Man of Honour
“I want to be recognised for what I truly am – one of the most astounding minds of the 21st century; a visionary entrepreneur who revolutionised the world of handheld electronics, spearheaded proper medical care for burn victims, and who is single-handedly ensuring that the development of AI is toward improving the human condition rather than another means of further increasing the power and wealth of a selected few.”
“I am sick to the core of people who only think of themselves and what they can personally get out of any given situation. I will no longer be such a person.”
Carl Freer seemed genuine as he told me this. This was not the man I expected – he was very convincing, and he seemed very open and honest. Carl Freer hates the lies spread by envious people on the internet and in the press – people who claim that he, the great Carl Freer, is a deceitful, multi-convicted, felonious scammer plying his trade in an ever shrinking environment as his criminal past catches up with him and funnels him toward life a cage where his undoubted persuasive skills will be fully tested in a portentially futile endeavour to preserve some sort of dignity and not end up as Big Baba’s bitch.
I will sell my art collection to protect my honour
I asked Carl Freer what he planned to do to ensure that his current staff would be taken care of. His raucous laugh used all the bandwidth before he explained, “Look . . . in the past, I would simply have employed delaying tactics against the staff.”
“I would have strung them along for months with promises of pay just as soon as some investor money came through – and I am good at that one. I can make it seem like the funds are just around the corner.”
“Then I could add in some personal situations – like maybe going to a hospital for a health issue or something like that. I have done that several times and it works every time.”
“And then I offer them stock in the company as evidence of my good faith. That shows them that I value the company and that I do not believe it is failing. They always go for that option.”
“There are all kinds of things I can do. I have often given people things – like watches or cars or whatever that are bought with a small down payment and ongoing financing. That one is great. They think they have something – until the repo and debt collectors come round and they realise all they actually have is a shit load of trouble . . .”
“All of the above are legitimate strategies for a start-up company pre-revenue – if you don’t like the environment of a start-up company then the staff should work for multinationals. I am tired of their whining.”
“What is different this time?” I asked persistently. “How do they know that this time you will actually pay them and not screw them?”
Carl Freer’s laughter grew louder.
“This time I am going to sell my art collection and raise the cash to pay them!”
The revelation was astonishing. But I knew his critics would just say that he does not have an art collection to sell, and this is simply another Carl Freer ploy. I asked him to provide some evidence.
Within seconds Carl Freer sent me this picture.
“Here,” he said, “are the three loves of my life. My painting by Marc Chagall called ‘La Concert’, my wife Ericka and my daughter Isabella.”
“That painting alone is worth more than ten times all the money owed to my staff / investors. In fact, a Chagall painting sold at auction last year for $28.5 million.”
Carl Freer forwarded a document and explained it to me. “This is a valuation created by independent experts of some of the art I have collected and own. Together these pieces were all worth more than $21 million – and that was at that time. I have added to the collection since, plus its value has risen substantially.”
I must have sounded surprised because Carl Freer then forwarded me other documents that proved the existence of, and his ownership of, Juanita – the company that holds all of this artwork.
Carl Freer asked me not to support his detractors and doubters, but instead to relay to them that he is an honourable man, a true humanitarian, a genuine philanthropist and that he is as good as his word.
He insisted that no one should doubt him – he will liquidate his art collection through auction houses and private sales – funds will be readily available to pay all the outstanding bills and past judgements against him. He said if his word was not good enough, he also needed to take care of everything so he could relocate his family and businesses to Vancouver, Canada.
I declined his invitation to join him in Dubai to meet with the auction house overseeing the sale of the picture La Concept. I cannot be sure if Carl Freer’s statements were genuine, or simply a delusional concoction resulting from pretended back-pain, too many drugs, and his natural propensity for dis-honesty. Time will tell.
But – always the optimist – I say that we should all give Carl Freer the benefit of the doubt once again and all hold our breath in anticipation of his, for once, doing the honourable thing. And may we all Rest In Peace!
To our friends in Dubai, “Thank You!” We are always grateful for the information sent – we would like to verify the sale of the collection.