A former public school teacher is on the verge of death on the 40th day of the hunger strike over an unresolved complaint against Marriott Hotels.
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 Thailand.
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.
After the articles were published, the Thai police arrested the former teacher for defamation. He was later released.
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
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
After being arrested abroad, a friend told him that an arrest warrant had been issued against him in the country.
Shepherd 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 believes the incidence is part of a targeted harassment campaign against him.
Marriot Hotels refute Shepherd's accusations and claim that 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.
Pictured: The St Regis Hotel in Bangkok
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".
However, Shepherd firmly believes that the mistake was made by Mariott, and says that they are targeting him in an alleged harassment campaign.
Three days ago, on day 37 of his hunger strike, Shepherd said, “If I die, possibly the first hunger strike death to protest corporate misconduct, Marriott will knowingly and ruthlessly watch and allow me to die without entering. & # 39;
The 62-year-old claims £ 3m in damages.
Arne Sorenson, the managing director of Marriott, met with Shepherd during a previous strike, asking for a resolution that was "fair for both sides".
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.
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
The case of Shepherd, who is on a hunger strike at his home in East London, has caught the attention of right-wing Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, the bishop of London, who has compelled the hotel chain to sympathy.
"Given his current situation and fragility, I am writing to urge you to contact John again," wrote Lady Sarah. "It would certainly be tragic if he ended his life because he saw no other solution."
Shepherd said in his latest video: "I have very little or no body fat left and this is probably my last loving goodbye."
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