A former public school teacher said his last goodbye on the 40th day of a hunger strike against a £ 20 billion hotel chain.
62-year-old John Shepherd claims Mariott Hotels owe him £ 3 million after a parking lot was built next to his previous home in Thailand.
The former English teacher Harrow International School in Bangkok starves herself in East London after the ugly feud with the company.
In his most recent post online, he said, “The hunger strike focuses on the retribution of whistleblowers who left me homeless and bankrupt at the age of 62. Others continue to fight corruption.
62-year-old John Shepherd, who is on day 40 of the hunger strike, has been fighting Mariott Hotels since 2008 after a parking lot was built next to his flat in Bangkok
“Marriott is well aware of my hunger strike. I made contact every day. Friends also write regularly
“If I die, possibly the first-ever hunger strike in protest of corporate misconduct, Marriott will have knowingly watched and allowed me to die without intervening at any level, not even on a humanitarian basis.
Marriott knows that it is the only entity that can stop this action.
“Right now I have very little or no body fat left and this will probably be my last loving goodbye. Good luck to all of you. ‘
Back in the UK, Mr. Shepherd was so furious about the parking lot near his former home that he started writing to local newspapers in 2012 to complain about it and sewerage.
The 62-year-old, who previously worked for Harrow International School in Bangkok, was so outraged by the sewer and unplanned parking lot, that in 2012 he started writing to local newspapers to complain
In the photo: the St Regis Hotel in Bangkok
After the articles were published, Thai police arrested the former teacher on charges of libel. He was released later.
But while he was abroad, a friend told him that there was another warrant for his arrest in the country.
Shepherd, who was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, lost his flat in Bangkok because he decided not to return, fearing that the police would take command, he claims.
The former teacher, who has taught music in the UK at Croydon’s Trinity School and St Edmund’s School, believes the law enforcement action was part of a targeted campaign of harassment against him.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson (pictured last April) met Shepherd during a previous strike, where he asked for a ‘fair to both sides’ resolution
Marriott hotels refute Shepherd’s allegations, claiming that the hotel is run by the chain but has different owners.
Minor International was the company that started building the St Regis Hotel in Bangkok in 2008.
Control of the operation was transferred to Starwood, a hotel operator that later merged with Marriott.
However, Shepherd is firmly convinced that the fault lies with Mariott and says they are attacking him in an alleged harassment campaign.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson met Shepherd during a previous strike, where he asked for a “fair to both sides” resolution.
Shepgerd’s case has caught the attention of the Bishop of London, right-wing Reverend Sarah Mullally, who has called for compassion from the hotel chain
Shepherd stopped starving during the negotiations, but Marriott decided the chain was not to blame and therefore did not want to transfer the damage.
A Marriott spokesperson told the Times and denied that they had started a police investigation into him.
“We have given Mr. Shepherd countless opportunities to support his claims against us – which he was unable to do,” they said.
The spokesperson emphasized that Minor Hotels, not the Mariott, were responsible for the construction of the St Regis Hotel – and that all complaints should be handled by them.
The case of Shepherd, who is on hunger strike at his East London home, has also attracted the attention of Bishop of London, right-wing Reverend Sarah Mullally, who has expressed compassion from the hotel chain.
Dame Sarah wrote: “Given his current situation and vulnerability, I am writing to encourage you to contact John again.
“It would certainly be tragic if he ended his life because he saw no other solution.”