Rudy Lippan rlippan at
Fri Dec 9 16:34:25 GMT 2011


I have been lucky in that I have been able to pick and choose among
I may have damaged my reputation with some companies by posting, and I may
have harder time finding work now.


On Fri, 9 Dec 2011 12:46:41 +0000, Will Crawford
<billcrawford1970 at> wrote:
> On 9 December 2011 11:42, Smylers <Smylers at> wrote:
>> Rudolf Lippan writes:
> [...]
>>> 3) That NET-A-PORTER was aware that I let another opportunity go based
>>>    on my understanding that my employment was pending a 'final
>>>    signature'.
> [...]
>>> 4) That as a condition of final sign off [...] I agreed to this.
> [...]
>>> 5) That NET-A-PORTER decided to withdraw the position at this point
>> That's really unfortunate for you, especially since you'd turned down
>> other work. It certainly sucks from your side.
>> But I'm struggling to extrapolate from that into behaviour by
>> Net-a-Porter that I need to beware of.
> He may well have had the choice of whether to wait for this "sign off"
> instead of taking another role. But if they were aware of his having
> another offer, took their time, let him think the role was "in the
> bag" and then yanked it after it was too late for the other position,
> and knew this to be the case, they've very much left him in the lurch.
>> It sounds like they said they
>> hoped to do something but it hadn't been approved yet, then later
>> out that approval wasn't granted. That's unfortunate, and frustrating,
>> certainly, but it doesn't seem immoral.
> It's basically a sort of "bait and switch". You may not consider it
> "immoral", he does, and at the end of the day it's a betrayal of a
> trust which - apparently - they knowingly asked for and accepted.
> Hence the warning to the rest of us that this might happen. It's a
> salutory lesson, even if you think it's perfectly "moral", that we
> should all watch out for the possible effects of "economics", and to
> censure him for providing that warning to all of us is like telling
> the green cross code guy "hey, people get run over if they mess with
> cars".

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