A former public school teacher has finally given up on the 40th day of a hunger strike against a £ 20 billion hotel chain.
John Shepherd, 62, claims Mariott Hotels owed him £ 3m after a parking lot was built next to his previous home in Thailand.
The former English teacher at Harrow International School in Bangkok is starving for the ugly argument with the company in East London.
In his last online post, he said: “The hunger strike focuses on retaliation against whistleblowers that left me homeless and bankrupt at the age of 62. Others continue to fight corruption.
62-year-old John Shepherd, who is on the 40th day of the hunger strike, has been fighting Mariott Hotels since 2008 after a parking space was built next to his apartment in Bangkok
“Marriott is fully aware of my hunger strike. I got in touch every day. Friends also wrote regularly
“When I die, possibly the first death on a hunger strike to protest corporate misconduct, Marriott will knowingly and ruthlessly watch me and allow me to die without any intervention, including on a humanitarian basis.
“Marriott knows that it is the only company that can stop this action.
“At that moment, I have very little or no body fat left and this is probably my last farewell. I wish you all the best of luck. "
Mr. Shepherd, who is back in the UK, had become so angry about the parking lot near his former home that he started writing to local newspapers in 2012 to complain about it and about sewage.
The 62-year-old, who previously worked for Harrow International School in Bangkok, was so outraged by the sewage and unplanned parking lot that he started writing to local newspapers in 2012 to complain
Pictured: The St Regis Hotel in Bangkok
After the articles were published, the Thai police arrested the former teacher for defamation. He was later released.
But while he was abroad, a friend told him that there was another arrest warrant against him in the country.
Shepherd, who was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, lost his apartment in Bangkok because he decided not to return because he feared the police would act on the arrest warrant, he claims.
The former teacher, who taught music in the UK at Croydon Trinity School and St. Edmund & # 39; s School, believes the law enforcement measures were part of a targeted harassment campaign against him.
Arne Sorenson, the managing director of Marriott (pictured in April last year), met with Shepherd on an earlier strike, asking for a resolution that was "fair for both sides".
Marriott Hotels dismiss Shepherd's allegations, claiming the hotel is run by the chain but has different owners.
Minor International was the company that started building the St. Regis Hotel in Bangkok in 2008.
Control of operations was transferred to Starwood, a hotel operator that later merged with Marriott.
However, Shepherd firmly believes that the mistake was made by Mariott, and says that they are targeting him in an alleged harassment campaign.
Arne Sorenson, the managing director of Marriott, met with Shepherd during a previous strike, asking for a resolution that was "fair for both sides".
Shepgerd's case has caught the attention of right-wing pastor Dame Sarah Mullally, the bishop of London, who has compelled the hotel chain to sympathize
Shepherd stopped starving herself during the negotiations, but Marriott decided the chain wasn't to blame and the damage wouldn't be handed over.
A Marriott spokesman told The Times and denied having initiated a police investigation against him.
"We have given Mr. Shepherd numerous opportunities to substantiate his claims against us – which he was unable to do," they said.
The spokesman emphasized that Minor Hotels, not Mariott, were responsible for the construction of the St. Regis Hotel – and that all complaints should be handled by them.
The case of Shepherd, who is on a hunger strike at his home in East London, has also caught the attention of the right-wing pastor, Lady Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, who has compelled the hotel chain to sympathy.
Lady Sarah wrote: “Given his current situation and fragility, I urge you to contact John again.
"It would certainly be tragic if he ended his life because he saw no other solution."
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