It was a surprise to everyone yesterday when Optical Express HR Advisor Fiona Morton - allegedly 'stripping' with the Wee Shugster in Japan, 'Liked' the post mentioning this on OERML Facebook:
After embarrassing Optical Express the 'Like' was removed earlier today, presumably by a red faced Fiona herself.
In 2012 Optical Express appointed Lord Jack McConnell as a non-executive director. An insider told me this was because David Moulsdale knew I would eventually succeed in getting My Beautiful Eyes Campaign to parliament, which I did on 20 November 2013 thanks to John McDonnell MP.
I'm told that Jack haunts the Westminster corridors attempting to lobby on behalf of Moulsdale.
For more than two years I have fought for press cover in the UK, during which time three major Scottish publications interviewed damaged Optical Express patients for stories which never materialised. The journalists who wrote them were never told why not.
Following my reply to Optical Express' text inviting me to enter their competition for free surgery, I received a number of calls from their Glasgow call centre. Finally I found time this afternoon to speak with Stacey - who is probably now unemployed!
After querying the price and a few other things, all of which she fudged, I then told Stacey that I had dry eyes and was it OK to have surgery.
She said: "Yes"
I then lied and told her I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, to which she replied: "That doesn't affect you at all".
She qualified that by saying RA only affects the bones, and she knows all about it because: "...my mum's got RA."
Really? And all this time I expect her mum thought she had OSTEOarthritis!
Desperately trying not to burst out laughing by this time, I said I had a bit of a lazy eye. Straight back at me, Stacey said: "Laser will correct your vision".
I asked if it would correct my lazy eye and she said: "No, but it'll correct your vision".
Stacey also told me that her uncle had surgery at OE sixteen years ago and he's never needed to wear glasses since.
I told Stacey that whilst we were talking I'd googled Optical Express and found OERML, and were the stories I'd read true or nonsense. She hesitated - which for a few heartbeats made me think she had a conscience.
Then she blew it with this outrageous lie: "There's never been any reported cases of anything going wrong".
With laser or with lens replacement, I asked?
She replied: "...never had any reported cases of it going wrong".
I asked: "Never?"
Sadly for Stacey - and OE, she kept digging that hole deeper by replying: "Never!"
OE's training manager Richard Dickens and trainer Rhi Boxall should be proud of their protegée!
I hope to have a surprise for you in a few weeks time, and, if Stacey's voice can be enhanced, this recording may be included. If not I'll be posting it here and on FacebookL, but one way or another I promise you'll get to hear it soon!