August 2nd, 2003

Public Notice

In the matter of Karl Koelbel's recent behaviour, we at Harsh Reality regret to inform:

As defined by section 624 of the Canadian Criminal Code (Where online mediums and forums are considered to be 'places' by the Supreme Court of Canada), which states that no person shall, without lawful authority:

  1. repeatedly follow the other person, or anyone known to them, from place to place;

  2. repeatedly communicate with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them;

  3. "beset" or watch a place where the other person is visiting, lives or works; or

  4. Engage in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.
And given that:

  1. There have been repeated posts immediately following posts by Leslie on various sites (LJ, XVI, etc)

  2. There have been repeated unwanted comments directed at Leslie on her own LJ site.

  3. There are repeated posts on Karl's site which remark on the current physical appearance of Leslie and Jairus both in public, and at their workplaces where either Karl or Karen were present.

  4. There have been repeated comments and posts by Karl which have been threatening to both Leslie and Jairus (Including, but not limited to: "fucking deadbeats. If I hear about one of you getting any sort of government compensation I'll be on the fraud line faster than you can eat a marshmallow broomstick" and "keep that bitch on a leash")
Karl Koelbel is no longer welcome at any events hosted by Harsh Reality Productions. This includes the Dark Carnival series, Industrial Strength Tuesdays, and any other events or places where Leslie or Jairus will be in any capacity as a promoter/performer.

This announcement is being made public due to Karl's comments that any further email requests to cease contact with Jairus or Leslie will be "thrown out", and in the hopes that he may choose to cease his activities of his own will, so that legal action is not necessary. We are aware, through his own admission, that Karl is an avid reader of these journals, as are some of his friends, so this is the best and most direct way to inform him of this notification. Additionally, this notice will also be sent via email.

Also, due to the fact that on the recent occasions where Karen Ripley has been present at a Harsh Reality event, comments regarding the current physical descriptions of Jairus and/or Leslie have immediately thereafter been posted by Karl, we unfortunately see no choice but to also refuse access to Karen as long as she continues to act in an eyes-and-ears capacity. We sincerely regret to have to include her in this ban, but we have given her every opportunity to distance herself from his activities, and it appears she has instead chosen to take an active role in them.

Additionally; after careful consideration the management at Zaphod Beeblebrox has decided to extend this ban to any and all events held on their premises, at any time. They do not wish do to business, or associate with anyone who is behaving in the ways outlined above, nor do they wish to expose their clientele to these forms of behaviour or implied harm. They, as well as Harsh Reality Productions, feel that this behaviour [cyber-stalking, libel, defamation of character, and now the implication of in-person surveillance] is a serious threat to well-being and peace of mind which can no longer be ignored, and has continued to the point where pro-active measures must be taken.

Harsh Reality Productions and the management of Zaphod Beeblebrox take these activities and threats, both explicit and implied, very seriously, whether directed to staff or patrons. It is in the hopes of providing a safe and comfortable environment for all those in attendance that we make this known publicly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our regular attendees; in the ten-year history of Industrial Strength Tuesdays, this action has only been taken once before, and we hope this second time will be the last.