Culture Vultures (Glasgow) Meetup — malicious conduct by the organiser
The organiser I am complaining about is Michael Wilson. Over the past several months, I attended his events around twice a month: usually talks about paintings in an area of interest to myself and my social acquaintances; coffee house events; restaurant events and suchlike.
I did happen to notice over the months that he frequently severely criticises many of his own members and other organisers. He has also surreptitiously raised insulting issues regarding such as Art Centre guides and volunteers, claiming that they have poor knowledge compared to his own / do not know what they are doing and also demanding online that they "do not talk at all" or waste time e.g. I have now raised this latter matter directly with Art Curators in Glasgow with whom I keep in direct contact, in relation to my own love and involvement in the art and cultural sectors.
For the record regarding specific, deeply insulting content in his latest email to me, which I have copied and pasted for your attention below - headed [MW email content]: I paid Mr Wilson his membership fee in full and have reimbursed him in full for all events, including the Cathedral Concert ticket he refers to - I attended that particular event purely in support of the fact that he was in the choir and hardly any of his Culture Vultures showed interest. I went along to this event to demonstrate a vote of confidence and support for the man, contrary to what he implies in his latest email. I also treated him to a coffee and cake on a couple of occasions - for which I sought and seek no such similar "reimbursement".
Specifically, although Mr Wilson was certainly aware of serious problems which I have had with abusive neighbours (a circumstance which he purports to empathise and understand) I do not call him about these matters. He has however asked about these circumstances on occasion and I have normally responded by texting him with information about where things stand in those specific regards. I did so based upon the fact that he explicitly claimed to be "a friend". However, he is lucky if I call him once a fortnight, usually extremely briefly, according with specifics for his Meetup events, if at all - I certainly do not call him "for two hours several times a week", please be doubly reassured on this fact.
I come from and live in Glasgow, therefore I find my way to his and other events with particular ease. Referring to the content in his insulting email in this regard: on one occasion I was five minutes late because I guessed the place wrongly - he now chooses to raise this as a point of insult, which I feel beggars belief. Moreover, I have been in Michael Wilson's company several times with other of his members w wholeheartedly agree that at no point have I done or said anything to cause Mr Wilson vast stress, as he claims.in fact, as several of his other members know, I have been unusually supportive of him in face of what he previously, consistently claimed was other members' behaviours which bothered him and caused him to raise petty and insulting issues.
In summary, there is an unfortunate pattern of disturbed and disturbing behaviour such as I am describing here, which has recurred within both Mr Michael Wilson's and other Meetup Groups. Specific organisers who have caused me severe grief of experience of late include Ms Patsy Lau, who sent me a message which contained insults and profanities in block capitals, before she blocked me from a book group which she ran last year.in response, I (rightfully, I believe) raised an informal, confidential complaint about her to Mr Wilson when I joined his Culture Vultures Group. He agreed emphatically at that time that her conduct towards me had been insulting and unacceptable. However, he did not respond by rejecting her consequent request to join his Meetup Group at any time, which I feel is a moot point. There is simply no way of telling from the outset what these people who run Meetup Groups are like or of anticipating that they will retain malicious, insulting beliefs and thoughts which they choose to spit out without warning, before rejecting people from their Meetup groups and events - apparently in a fit of vehemence.
[MW email content] below, messaged to myself Wednesday 30th May 2018:
"To follow on from my earlier email. You have caused me more stress than all of the other CVs put together. I did put up a concert that one needed a ticket for. It wasn't a free concert but you were the only one that was insisting that it was free, and wanting to argue about it. You were asked not to mentioned me or the group to GMRC but you did. When I asked you not to do it again afterwards, you denied me ever having said it to you. You never paid anything to the membership fee but were signing up for everything. You cannot even get my name right when discussing me with others, when you are arguing with me about whats been said. Didnt give me the right amount of money for the cathedral ticket so I was left short changed and having to make up the difference. Went to the wrong place which is another example of how inaccurate you are. Complaining if/when I dont get back quick enough. Expecting me to listen, to the poor choices you have made when dealing with your neighbours and expect me to phone up and listen you repeat yourself for 2 hours several times a week. You shouldn't have phoned me in the first place about patsy. people dont get on with everyone. deal with it. You've got no filters, if you want to find out about something just ask no matter how personal it is even if it's none of your business. I have had enough birthdays to know what I want to do. You were encouraging nothing. That invite was open to everyone. I am hardly likely to invite someone I barely know and haven't seen for 18 months. Nothing you can say is ever accurate. If you are not bad mouthing lots of other CVS, or gossiping then you are expecting to use up a great deal of my time just listening to you go on repeating yourself. I do wish that people who are uncouth, with serious mental health problems and with no social skills or love of opera would stop making requests to join my group, then causing me problems when the join and then unsuited to the high arts I want to embrace."
I look forward to receiving your response to the above.
Ms Jacqueline Bergson
M.A. Hons Psychology; Dip Hons Alcohol and Drugs; NEBOSH
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