I am not sure what Paddy Power is seeking to achieve with its betting on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trail apart from making money, but I find it to be in extremely poor taste. How is it ethical to make gambling money out of the death (however caused) of someone?
Here is the email I just sent to the Paddy Power PR team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I do not know whose idea it was to arrange betting on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial, but I am deeply saddened that you should seek to profit from the death of Ms SteenKamp. Indeed your advertisement as shown here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-paddy-power-prompts-outrage-by-offering-money-back-if-he-walks-bets-on-murder-case-9163814.html is hugely offensive on many levels.
I am not a person who places bets regularly but I sometimes do. I will NEVER ever bet with Paddy Power again.
Please stop and remove this bet before you embarrass yourselves further. This is in very poor taste.
I just tried phoning them too. No one picked up but I was able to leave a message. Their number is 0207 8749156. You might want to text the mobile number given too: 07881 248373
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