Maybe someone can help me with the answer to this puzzle?
As readers will know there was talk last week about a possible winding up order against “Rangers” in connection with a debt alleged to be due to Orlit Enterprises.
The statements state, admit or suggest the following:-
- There is a debt admittedly due to Orlit by “Rangers”.
- A part of the debt is disputed.
- Some of the invoices presented to Rangers regarding this were not legitimate.
- There has been a “spurious” request for money.
- Settlement has been agreed with only the “final wording” to be signed off.
- If raised in court the action will be defended vigorously.
- Rangers are paying more than they think is due, but less than has been demanded, for fear of giving critics ”an iron bar” to hit them with.
- Rangers will not pay out even £1 if it is not merited.
- Rangers will not pay anyone who comes along with “invented” invoices.
I want to make clear that I have no knowledge of whether the Rangers position or the Orlit position, or some combination thereof is correct.
Let’s take an example to see if I have got this right.
Let’s imagine there is a major company called Charlie’s Beetroot PLC (thanks cam).
Charlie’s Beetroot PLC engaged Orville the Duck Enterprises to source additional beetroot for them, payable on the basis of how much beetroot was located.
Charlie’s Beetroot PLC took over what was a poorly run Beetroot company, known for cost over-runs and excessive expenditure in an effort to surpass Les Betteraves de Paris, Das Rote Bete Munchen and Real Remolacha de Madrid.
Orville sent in various invoices to Charlie’s Beetroot PLC.
However, after careful scrutiny by Tim Jayner, former Chief Beetroot Editor of the Daily Root newspaper, Charlie determined that some of the invoices were “spurious”, “invented” and “illegitimate”.
Charlie prides his beetroot corporation on being careful of every penny, and no longer will overspend on foreign beetroot pickers.
So, against that backcloth, and upset by having Orville’s representatives speak to Channel Beet News about the dispute, what would Charlie be expected to do?
A Tell Orville where he can go – and I don’t mean up to the sky…
B Pay Orville what is legitimate and also report Orville to the Strathclyde Police Serious Crime Squad
C Pay Orville what is accepted as being due, and also reach an agreement to pay some, but not all, of the “spurious”, “invented” and “illegitimate” invoices.
D Send round the heavies to give Orville a “beeting” (ho ho!)
Option C seems a rather unrealistic one, although possibly the position has been muddied by Charlie himself being away at the European Root Veg and Pickling Association meeting in Las Vegas.
To come back to reality, why would Rangers, unwilling to pay anyone £1 to which they are not entitled, agree to pay a creditor anything billed in “invented and spurious invoices”?
Something seems odd.
Maybe I should get crinkle cut beetroot next time.
Posted by Paul “Beetroot” McConville