“Git”, “An Absolute Pig”: Consumers Slam Gerry Harvey
The reputation of Harvey Norman Chairman Gerry Harvey is on the line, with the billionaire property and retail store owner being described as “An Absolute Pig”, “A Git”, A Nasty Piece of Work” and “A Dirty Rotten DirtBag” on social media sites after it was revealed he has moved to kick a dying woman, the partner of a deceased man who worked for him for 50 years, out of a house.
The abuse is coming in thick and fast on social media sites. At the Daily Mail Nee, from Victoria, wrote “Doesn’t sound like the poor lady has a long life left. Can’t he just let her see out her days where she is.”
Another from the Gold Coast said, “This is the man who lobbied the government to put a tax on personal importation of goods from overseas, absolute pig.”
Criticism of the businessman has also reached the UK, and in a stab at the management of Harvey Norman, BooandWoo, Oakham, wrote, “What a nasty piece of work he is. His advisors should be ashamed, but I guess they are also on his gravy trail.”
In a quip at archrival JB Hi-Fi-owned The Good Guys, one commentator wrote, “Not ‘The Good Guys’ then”.
Ainslieberrafella from Canberra wrote, “He’s always been a POS.”
The damming comments of the Harvey Norman boss are endless, with questions now being asked as to whether his actions in trying to evict a dying woman from a house she shared with her late de facto husband, who was a friend of the entrepreneur for 50 years, is set to harm the reputation of the retail chain.
Gerry Harvey owns giants Harvey Norman, Domayne, Joyce Mayne, Seconds World and Space.
Described as a man who appears to be “digging his own grave”, the 82-year-old billionaire, who appears to be more interested in investing in horses over human beings, wants to kick Sydney resident Peggy Luker out on the street, after she lived rent-free on a property at Kurrajong, 75km north-west of Sydney, for eight years with her long-time partner Garry Dent until he died, aged 80 in 2017.
Mr Dent had worked as a contractor for Mr Harvey for 15 years before his death, and the Harvey Norman co-founder, now worth an estimated $2.8billion, delivered a eulogy at his funeral.
The actions of the billionaire were exposed when the case went to the NSW Supreme Court. It’s now listed for mediation later this month.
Ms Luker claims she believed until Mr Dent’s death the house they shared belonged to her partner, but that shortly after his funeral Mr Harvey told her to ‘move out and get the pension’.
Ms Luker’s solicitor said his client was too ill to comment on Monday.
The case is listed in the Supreme Court later this month for mediation.
Harvey Norman management have not commented on the reputational damage their chairman and largest shareholder is incurring on the retail group.