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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby 936trt » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:56 pm

Moxey is 'phoning Barry after his trip to Godalming.

Moxey: " Hi mate ,everything ok?"

Barry: " Just as you would expect Mox,few things left off the snagging list for that last extension to the factory. Anyway the tests with the freeze drier look good I will talk you through it when you get back. So what did you learn from your visit?"

Moxey: "I had a look around and called in to see Wendy like you said. She looks a bit hassled but the 'phones didn't stop while I was there. I said I was here a few days ,had seen your stuff in a spa my missus went to and did they want to consider my super quality aloe vera. Surprised when she very quickly said no, and followed that by telling me all their raw material comes from Asia and is high quality and low cost.
I left one of Wymans cards ,you know the AV Supplies ones."

Barry: " Interesting you should say Wendy was hassled,that sounds a bit suspicious to me ,she was always very steady. Anyway you went back at night through the allotments at the rear?"

Moxey: " Yeah no problem ,took me back a few years I can tell you, but no safe to open this time! Anyway I will email the photos , the shelving you told me to look for is only about quarter full ,and the packaging rooms have a lot of containers and jars with other brand names - I have pictures of those as well. In the storage area by the car park there are half a dozen shipping containers so I took a few snaps of those. I'm back at the hotel now Barry but if you want me to do anything else let me know. We promised to take the kids shopping and maybe a bit of a run out while we wait for their passports. Chris is having meetings in London later this week and said if we wanted he would give us a lift back.We'll get brownie points with Guy and Beattie if it works out!"

Barry: " No I think you've done very well Mox, it's confirmed what I'd been thinking. I was looking closely at the turn over recently while doing the deal with you and Chrissy, and noticed a downward trend over the last month or so that didn't make sense. Increase in raw materials but no corresponding increase in product, looks a bit blatant I thought."

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby Tracy » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:54 pm

Can just hear Mox, "It takes me back, it really takes me back." :D
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Re: Aloe Goodbye

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Pru and Nev had joined Dennis and Dagmar for a meal cooked by Ofelia.

Oz: " Well not long now bonny lad."

Nev: "Aye just two days. I was glad to hear that Moxey and Chrissy will be back .Barry said the two youngsters will make a big change to Moxey's lifestyle."

Ofelia: " It will be a good thing for them all. Children can sometimes have problems when they are orphaned like that. It is very sad . I had a friend who was left like that. Very sad."

Dagmar: " This is a first time for Moxey. He has no children until now. It is good that he has Chrissy in the picture I think, Beatrice is only seven ."

Pru: " Yes and both of them have been boarders at that school since the accident. Barry said the head was not Moxey's favourite person."

Nev:" Could I have a bit more of that casserole Ofelia .I really like the way you've done the black beans as well pet."

Pru gave Nev a sideways look and he went back the subject ." Aye well there'll be some rearrangements at Uncle Percy's ,but Den didn't you reckon they should be ok for places at the school Anna's at ?"

Dennis: " Aye that's what Barry said. Mind can you see Moxey on the school run, helping out with the PTA ,supervising table tennis."

Dagmar: " That's a little unkind Dennis, I'm sure he will do his best."

Dennis: "Nah pet ,I know he will ,I was just saying it's not a picture I have in my mind of Mox being so ,well, so domesticated. I remember when he was looking after Seymour....." He was interrupted by Oz.

Oz:" Leave him be Den , us younger fathers have to stick together . What do you say Nev?" Oz was grinning ,winking and nodding in Nev's direction. Suddenly he yelled " Shi....What was that for?" Ofelia had just kicked him hard on the shins.

Pru ,a little pink faced turned to Neville and gave him a look.

Neville: " Don't look at me pet ,I never told him .I think I might have mentioned something to Den."

Dennis looking a bit sheepish asked Ofelia if he could have some more Cuban casserole.

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby Tracy » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:12 pm

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby 936trt » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:42 am

Barry is 'phoning his accountant in the UK.

Barry: " Hello Treeeeevooor old fruit ,how's it hangin'?"

Trevor: " Barry old man,good to hear from you. How is your good lady wife and little Anna?"

Barry: " They are both fine thankyou Trev,and your family on good health?"

Trevor: " Yes , they are all fit and well. Barry is this call related to your recent staock take?"

Barry: " Indeed Trevor ,nail on head as they say. I would ask how you define stock take but that would be to insult you. I want to know have you got it sorted out?"

Trevor: " I don't know what you're getting at Barry."

Barry: " Ok Trevor ,I'll cut to the chase.The stock take is a load of shit and you must know it. I have an inspection report which includes photographic evidence of work in progress and finished goods. Copies are available if you are interested but I'm having serious doubts about your loyalty to my company. However I was hoping I wouldn't have to get legal but I will if I have to. So Trev, once again ,have you got it sorted?" There was a longer pause before Trevor answered.

Trevor: " I must stand by our last audit Mr Taylor."

Barry: " Ok ,my solicitor will talk to your legal office and you should expect a visit from the local constabulary." Barry put down the 'phone and waited. The 'phone rang twice and Barry picked up.

Barry: " Hello Trev,what can I do for you?"

Trevor: " Barry I don't want to seem unreasonable but get real, in a court of law you won't have a chance especially when our guys will reveal you have a history of using the face cream business for smuggling and who knows what else."

Barry: " Trevor don't be silly, you know that we were completely exonerated and frankly Trev, that's such a lame brain excuse I wonder what you are playing at. As of now you are no longer contracted as TIE accountants. I will confirm in writing and instruct to whom you should forward all relevant documents etc . At a personal level Trevor I am really disappointed .We had a history and I expected better. Goodbye."

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby Tracy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:50 pm

Haha, I can just see Trevor on the ground and Barry giving him a kick, "There !" :lol:
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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby 936trt » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:44 pm

After Barry had finished his call with the accountants he decided to speak with Wendy, he worried that was she was under pressure after Moxey said she looked hassled.

Barry: " Hello Wendy it's Mr Taylor, Barry, how are you?"

Wendy: " Oh Mr Taylor I'm so glad you 'phoned ,I've been so worried, what with the deliveries going missing and the accountants saying it was our book keeping." Barry stopped her in mid flow.

Barry: " Wendy,Wendy slow down I'm sure we can sort it out. I rang to see how you were and tell you I've just sacked the accountants and to say I have a rough idea that they might be behind the problems we've been having. First of all can you let me know when the deliveries of aloe vera stopped and when the last container was picked up. No rush petal ,you can email me here in Jamaica, and don't worry ,everything is going to be fine. I will tell the new accountants to contact you personally, you know that I trust you Wendy .Tara for now."

Wendy: " Wait,wait Mr Taylor I have to tell you. I overheard Trevor talking to someone a few weeks ago and it wasn't nice."

Barry: " Go on Wendy ,what was it about."

Wendy: " Well I know you were very friendly with him and so I didn't pay that much attention at first but then he made a certain comment about Mrs Taylor , and then how he could run the business so much better than you. It didn't seem like a friendly thing to say."

Barry: " Well that makes it easier to believe he isn't as good a friend as I thought."

Wendy: " Do you think Mr Taylor that he deliberately kept the plant short of raw material ?"

Barry: " You could be forgiven for coming to that conclusion Wendy. So much for running the business better than yours truly. Anyway thanks for telling me and he shouldn't be anywhere near the factory after today. If he tries to get in call the police. I will keep in touch, cheerio pet."


When the email arrived the first thing he did was contact Moxey.

Barry: " Moxey . Hi it's Barry again. When are you due to come back?"

Moxey: " Two days mate.There was a hold up with the kids passport. Why?"

Barry: " Do you feel up to another bit of skullduggery my friend?"

Moxey: " I have to say it's a bit like riding a bike, it soons comes back. What do you want?"

Barry: " You recall the containers you photographed,well they were not all the same. Can you go back after hours ,and check what's in the yard and take pictures again. You can scan them to me just like before."

Moxey: " Have you an idea what's been going on like?"

Barry: " I'm not sure Mox but you know we have been using the same type to ship from Jamaica as our Asian suppliers . The containers in the pictures you sent just recently are different."

Moxey: " Ok Barry I'll let you know how I get on."

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby Tracy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:39 pm

Secret agent Mulcahey ! 8-)
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Re: Aloe Goodbye

Postby 936trt » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:38 am

True to his word Moxey emailed pictures of the containers . Barry expected to see six refrigerated units but just as before there were only four and two normally ventilated. The photos sent by Moxey earlier clearly showed two different ventilated units. So Barry mused where did the other two go? According to Wendy's records empty units were picked up at the same time every week but Moxey's photos showed that only the ventilated units had been moved. Barry decided that there was little point contacting the local police with the information to hand, all that would happen would be that they would probably close down his business while starting an investigation. So he 'phoned Dennis.

Barry: " Dennis how are you mate?"

Dennis: " Fine kiddah,and yourself?"

Barry: " Well actually I have a problem and I think your lad Detlef might be able to help.Would you give me his mobile number?"

Dennis: " Sure, I know it must be serious and there will be a good reason."

Barry: " There is Den it's just that I can't see an alternative solution .Thanks mate."



Barry explained the problem to Detlef who said he could only advise not to take the law into his own hands ,but he would make a few enquiries ; the route the containers had taken would be revealing and he would let him know later that day.
Detlef 'phoned in the afternoon and advised Barry he was right to be suspicious. Two containers were delivered to Barry via Calais with aloe vera according to the paperwork. However normal practice for fruit and related products was to ship in refrigerated containers. Detlef said they would intercept the next two in Calais and instruct UK customs to have a look at the two in Barry's yard.


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