When someone is murdered, it can never be business as usual.
Shame. Shame on D’ Corner Bar’s co- owner Chris Leacock.
The day after 24 year old chemical engineer, Chris Anthony Joseph, was murdered outside his popular watering hole, Leacock was quoted in the Daily Express as saying that while he was saddened by the shooting he was going to reopen his bar immediately.
“Business as usual," the Express reported him as saying,” we ain’t close."
Perhaps Leacock wanted to send a message to Joseph’s killers that he was not about to sacrifice his profits at the altar of their madness but the night of the murder was certainly not the time to make that known.
Instead Leacock should have expressed greater despair over the fact that someone was killed at his bar. He should have given more details on how he would augment security if only reassure his customers, and he should have closed his business as a sign of respect for the dead or at least wait until Joseph’s warm blood had cooled.
It is the first law of crisis communications when human life is loss to express sincere regret and make that the focus of your statement to the media.
If Leacock did not know that, then he should have kept his mouth shut.