Rug dealer vows to blacklist Sir David

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 February, 1994, 12:00am

A RUG dealer who lost his lawsuit against former chief secretary Sir David Ford at the Small Claims Tribunal yesterday has vowed to blacklist him for any future transactions in his shops.

The decision brought disappointment to Richard Parsons, director of Tribal Rugs, who for the first time had sued a customer who failed to collect an order.

Following a hearing which lasted almost four hours, adjudicator Shum Chung-lau dismissed Tribal Rug's claim for $7,400 and $50 a day storage expenses.

Mr Shum said this was a simple case of offer and acceptance where there could be no return.

The case attracted particular attention because Sir David had been allowed to have Harvey Davis, an articled solicitors' clerk with Johnson, Stokes and Master, represent him as Sir David now lives in London as Hong Kong's representative.

Small Claims Tribunals bar representation by qualified solicitors and barristers.

At one point, Mr Parsons said: ''I feel that this case is like a boxing ring, where I'm an amateur and he's a professional with leaded gloves. It doesn't follow the Queensbury rules.'' Mr Davis said that in fact it was Sir David, who knows nothing about carpets, who was the amateur.

Mr Davis maintained that Sir David had all along acted with integrity and honesty.

Mr Parsons accused Sir David of being ''utterly immoral'', alleging that Sir David had reneged on his oral ''contract'' to buy two rugs.

''He [Sir David] must keep his integrity and dignity in a thimble and then stuff it with cotton wool,'' he said.

When he was asked whether he would appeal, Mr Parsons said: ''I will see about it, I might.'' Sir David filed an affidavit that had a number of differences to Mr Parsons' recollection of events, some of which referred to telephone conversations, and the dispute hinged on when Sir David irrevocably accepted two rugs he had taken on approval.