The Lonely Planet Busted

14 04 2008

I like The Lonely Planet and have used their travel guides during treks through many countries. I always found their guides fairly reliable (apart from many a dodgy maps) and I rather like the fact that LP is based in Footscray, a working class suburb in Melbourne’s West. The following news comes to me as a bit of a shock:

The Lonely Planet guidebook empire is reeling after one of its authors claims he plagiarised and made up sections of his books and dealt drugs to make up for poor pay…

In one case he said he had not even visited the country he had written about.

“They didn’t pay me enough to go to Columbia,” he said.

“I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating who was in an intern in the Columbian Consulate.”

What doesn’t surprise me, is that it is rather typical for the left-wing Socialist types to be underpaying their own workers while decrying the evil exploitation of the poor by the dogs of capitalism. I suppose they may have plenty of first-hand experience 😉

via Andrew Landeryou




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