GoDaddy Messes Up Big Time.
Nah, this post is not about their domain or hosting service greviance. Its about how the action of its CEO left their customers(incl me) angry.
Recently Bob Parsons, GoDaddy CEO, hunted and killed a 'problem' elephant in Zimbabwe because it was destroying the crops. When countered by PETA, his argument was that Elephants exist in Zimbabwe in tremendous numbers and are in no danger of extinction.
He uploaded the hunting video on his blog which seems to have been replaced. ABC News report video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXVH4OsfapI
Businesswise, I see it as a big blunder and the comments on his blog reflect the same. Customers like me are pissed off and will never buy GoDaddy products/services.
Here's the blogpost (view the comments, as the video has been replaced): Hunting Problem Elephant - My 2011 Vacation - Video.ME
Few comments from the blog:
Wow, this is some of the most despicable behavior I've seen in a long time. Hunting an endangered species in order to feed villagers in Africa and protect their crops? Let's be honest: This is trophy hunting done by corrupt individuals in a corrupt country with a corrupt government. There's no altruism here, and the attempt to make it appear as such is a complete sham. Absolutely shameful.
How absolutely horrific and shocking. This has nothing to do with philanthropy. The way you stand and smile next to a dead elephant is completely sadistic. I will promptly move my domain names, as will my husband and family, and never purchase anything from your site again.
Lesson learnt: Don't share stuff with the world that you can share only with your friends. Some people love animals more than coupon codes. Always keep a clean image in public.
helping those villagers eat was to kill a very intelligent and sentient being? You know what they say you can't buy class and you are a perfect example of that. I will be boycotting GoDaddy and encouraging my friends and colleagues to do the same.
Personally, I am quitting GoDaddy for good.