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My mistake and a bigger DB...

 

This is a smattering of stuff that has been keeping me up at night…am I out of line?

 

Understand that our club president sent him an e-mail at 12AM the night of (about 2 hours
after the fact) and called him first thing in the morning.  The club helps sponsor the league. 

 

What would your reaction be? 


Original stlouisdiscgolfclub.com post:



Yesterday was a blast! As always, it is a lot to handle and stresses me out quite a bit, but it is all done.

Everything went off as planned...other than one mistake I made. Everyone that
played yesterday got to shoot at a CTP on Hole 11. It was the Gateway Super
Bonus CTP package - thank you Dave! Dave Mac donated a starter disc set (3
discs and a mini) and pair of tye dye shorts for the CTP. This was an extremely
juicy CTP all on its own. He also offered to sell the basket that was used on
this hole (a brand new Titan Portable 24) to the winner for $150 (retail $299).
So, in essence, it was a 50% off coupon for the basket. Don Heiple won the CTP.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of awarding him $150 ($79 in merch and $71 in
cash), when in fact he was not supposed to receive anything other than the 50%
off coupon. I think the stress of the day had caught up to me and I made a
MAJOR mistake. So, basically, unless I can get Don to very graciously return
the merchandise and cash, the league/course is going to be out $150. If anyone
knows how to contact Don, could you please call him and let him know about the
situation. I would REALLY appreciate it.



As far as everything else goes, Aaron Walther won the 1-Disc Challenge Pro
Division with a 42(-12) and Ryan Gorman won the AM Division with a 50(-4). The
disc was a Gateway G7i/Element with a sweet custom Neil Brown stamp. There were
17 CTP flags out on the course as well...pretty sweet!


 

And after the club president talked
to him with no hint of compromise…

__________________________________

 

Don,



I am not sure why you are unwilling to come to some form of compromise. I made
a mistake. This mistake needs to be rectified. I was fully anticipating
compensating you for your hassles. You have to understand that this is coming
out of my pocket...the club does not extend me any financial indiscretions. You
really need to think about where I am coming from and the amount of effort that
I put towards disc golf in general. I volunteer countless hours, donate
countless amounts of giveaways, absorb other leaguers financial issues, and
deal with various assorted other problems on a regular basis. Your inability to
work with me and the club is a literal kick in the teeth. Needless to say,
unless you can find a little kindness in your heart, I will not be able to
allow you, or Todd, to play in the JB Doubles. It is a public park, so you are
always welcome to play...just please try to avoid showing up on Tuesdays (or
Thursdays, Fridays, weekends, and any other day).



Please call me if you feel the need to discuss this any further. Remember that
this is a sport built on a much larger scale of volunteerism than most others.



Greg D'OH

_________________________________

 

Greg,




As I explained to Chris you guys
approached me with the offer I didn't ask you for it. I think it is really
unfair of you to expect me to give everything back especially when Chris had me
sign a paper stating that I was paid for the coupon so I couldn't go back on
the deal. As you stated JB is a public park but you then "suggest"
that I not show up there on anyday. If this is some sort of threat against my
person or my property I will immediately call the police if there is any hint
of trouble at JB park. I will be keeping this email just in case as evidence of
the threat if there is any trouble. Please cease to contact me further.



Thanks,

Don


____________________________________

 

After a few testimonials
on my behalf, here is a reply…



Josh,


I really do appreciate the kind words. Thanks for offering to help out with the
situation. Before I take you up on your offer, I do want to give Don a chance
to work with the club and I on coming to some form of compromise. I know the
term is over-used, but this whole situation is a matter of principle. Chris and
I realized our mistake relatively quickly after the fact. Chris sent him an
e-mail immediately upon arrving at home and called him first thing in the
morning. When Don returned the call later that afternoon, his response was
nothing short of selfish and rude. Because of his attitude, I can only come to
the conclusion that he knew he was getting more than he was supposed to and was
taking advantage of the situation to begin with (hence him taking off
IMMEDIATELY after getting paid). We contacted him quickly enough that it was
not a matter of the plastic already being thrown or the money already being
spent. I am not sure that he realizes how much volunteer effort it takes to
make this sport actually happen. He seems to think that we should absorb the
cost like a Wal-Mart would. The $150 of merchandise and money represents a
WHOLE lot more than its face value...it represents countless volunteer hours
and countless compromises on my part that you can't put a value on. All I want
is for him to work with us. At the moment, it honestly feels like a kick in the
teeth.

________________________________


And my final transmission…


_________________________________

Don,



Sometimes a mistake is made. Sometimes individuals need to step back and look
at it from a different point of view. We are a volunteer organization. I am
sorry that you saw it as an irreversible situation, when in fact it is nowhere
near this way. It only backs up the testimonies from several other,
non-involved, individuals that you sometimes rub people the wrong way. Maybe
you are what they say you are. Sorry to see you go. Have fun, buddy...I will
never contact you again. There are plenty of other courses for you to play. No
threats will EVER be issued, but your presence at JB will probably not be very
well received. I hope you enjoy your 6 discs and $71 enough to compensate for
your loss of St. Louis
disc golf as a fun and carefree activity.



Greg



P.S. "If this is some sort of threat against my person or my property I
will immediately call the police if there is any hint of trouble at JB park. I
will be keeping this email just in case as evidence of the threat if there is
any trouble." Do you honestly think
I would do anything remotely close to this? You must be a...



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I think the poor choice is on you, not him. You messed up and now you tell him not to show up for doubles...not cool.

Just a couple tid-bits of info before I move on and put the blunder behind me.  First, the Doubles League is not a club run league.  It is my league.  The club merely helps out with the merchandise for the AM payouts - if you are a club member, your merchandise vouchers are "juiced" 25% by the club.  If you are not a club member, then you don't get this "juice" and you lose out on some value.  Being that is MY league, I have the full right to ban you from my league when I feel that you have done me wrong.  This is the first situation that has ever warranted this type of reaction in the history of this league. 

 

I did attempt to contact the individual privately before making any of this public.  It appeared to me that he was not going to make any attempt to return the calls/e-mails so I made a post on the website (non-derogatory or defamatory in the slightest) simply explaining the situation and asking everyone for help in contacting the individual.  Guess what - it worked.  Someone else contacted him and he finally returned the call.  This phone conversation is the entire reason that I then made things public - his side of the conversation was, simply put, f'ed up.  He really didn't have an argument to defend his position, other than that he had talked to his minister and was told that he had no moral obligation to return the money and merchandise.  Honestly, what person is going to go to a man of the cloth to discuss a disc golf related dispute.  Total BS.  Is this the best that he could come up with?

 

A couple facts about the coupon - the details of the coupon were posted at league central and on a tee-sign.  It was a large 8.5" x 11" sign that was pretty hard to miss.  It was even harder to mis-interpret.  EVERYONE knew what the CTP was for - a 50% off coupon ONLY.  He saw a window of opportunity when I was making the mistake and did nothing to correct my mistake.  A normal, honest individual would not have tried to manipulate the situation, thay would have stopped my mistake from happening in the first place.  The payout scene was a mad-house and I made an obvious mistake that didn't need to be taken advantage of.  99% of my leaguers would have helped me out...too bad the 1% won the CTP.

 

I only suggested that he be careful at JB because this course is the biggest "homie" course in St. Louis.  The course is defended by its players quite vehemently.  There is a very large core of regulars that play here all of the time, and I can't control what somebody else will do.  I don't know how a warning could be considered legally improper.  Everyone at JB knows how much time and effort I put into this league (and the STL disc golf club) and they take this kind of behavior just as personally as I do...if somebody attacks your brother, wouldn't you jump to his aid?

 

"So you try to take his fairly won prize away"  This is the point.  He was given $150 worth of cash/merch that he DID NOT fairly win.  There was no cash value to the coupon at all, and he knew this without a doubt.  I guess his minister believes that taking advantage of a situation has no moral implications and that sticking it to a not for profit (unless fund raising for the course is considered profit) organization is perfectly fine.  His actions have defintely "black-balled" him from MY league...I don't allow thieves, period. 

 

 

You gave him the loot, then made him sign a piece of paper saying such. As a rec player this was most likely his biggest win ever then the next day you say you made a mistake and want it back? You act like 71$ is a million that he should not have been able to spend guess what a stop at the gas station and mc donalds later he has 8$ left. As for the value of the discs is that M.S.R.P or the amount the club paid for them?

Regardless of anything you are responsible, unfortunately someone always is. Chalk it up as a loss dude and pay attention to what you are supposed to pay out. The poor dude that won was probably half in the bag and so toked to win he did not relize he was walking away with m,ore then he should have

OK, I don't know either of you. Heck you are both probably good people (playing the % of disc golfers). All I can go by is what you post and it just comes off wrong...just saying. Also, I have a buddy who is waaaay religious and he consults with his "pastor" (not sure what you would call them) for EVERYTHING.

Heck, he may also think it's YOU that is trying to scew him? Having people call and bug him and banning him just seems kind of strong arming him too. I think you guys should sit down over a cup of coffee and try and figure out a fix.

Well I just hope you both can bury the hatchet.....

Here is a solution - offer this to the guy that won the CTP, have him give back 33% (even though he is under no obligation to do so) just to try to keep the peace, the club eats 33%of the loss and you eat 34%of the loss because it was your mistake. Everybody makes mistakes.

Greg,you really need to get this Hatred feeling out of your system.A " private" league is a subject all by itself,but "banning" and possible threat towards playing in a public park is another topic.Sounds like you and the "homies" would give anyone a hard time if one was not a "regular".That's one park I'll pass up.

Did you pay the rec depts any fee for holding your private league on public property?Was insurance bond taken out for such an event.Most Rec/Park depts ask for this in advance for any claims/injury to the public.

The matter of asking/seeking help from any clergy is one's own responsibility for handling a situation that one feels he/she needs help in/with.You, yourself went public after you needed help.What's the problem of someone seeking advice like you did on this site?

I'm glad you don't allow "thieves "in "your league", is everything else fair game?  I hope not.Enjoy your private league game,but have signed vouchers next time so you are covered and not losing sleep.

Maybe talk with one of the Basket manufactures and let them hear your story. They may even give you a Basket !!!!! :)

 

What Would Jesus Do?

 

Well, Jesus would've gotten an ace and multiplied the prize into K.C. Pro Aviars for everyone.

I think you're absolutely right... except, JC would turn my water (aviar) into wine (challenger).  I'm sporting my WWJD bracelet next tourney.  Okay, I don't have one, but I do kick it with JC.

WWHD? What Would Homer Do? AAAAAGH! and he's gone!

 

Yes, I pay the STL County Parks Dept. to rent the course every week...it is reserved for the league.  That said, I DO NOT tell anyone that they cannot play on the course even though it is technically reserved. 

 

The homies/regulars have to defend the course from the Section 8 housing right next door on a regular basis.  There are lots of shenanigans that you have to remain on your toes for (cars broken into, course vandalism, stolen discs, stolen bags, etc).  We do not give non-regulars/visitors a hard time.  Sorry you mis-interpreted this.

 

I do not disagree that consulting your clergy is not uncommon.  I just wonder what kind of context the whole situation was presented in.  Only feed him the info that you want to, and I am sure you can always get the answer that will make you feel righteous.  That is my point of contention.  How about I call the minister up and give him the whole story, and then we can get a fair asessment.

 

Sorry to take your time...

I offered for him to keep all of the plastic and just give back the cash in the initial conversation.  I felt this was more than generous (and more than 50%).  He said no and was unable to give me a good reason (other than that his minister told him to say no).

 

Exactly, everybody makes mistakes and should be given a little leeway when they do happen.  I tried to be fair and compromising and received no such return treatment.  Bye Bye! 

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