As many will know, the Legal Beagles forum had a “V.I.P.” section – where members could pay a subscription, and their threads would then be taken from public view to an area where they could only be seen by other “VIP’s.” In theory, this prevented other parties involved in a claim from seeing what the VIP member was doing, or being advised to do. In practice, anybody could join LB and pay the VIP subscription and view all of the VIP threads if they wanted to – so it wasn’t exactly 100% secure.
However, this was somewhat unfair to those contributors to the forum who no longer had their own claims, but who were staying on to pass their experience & knowledge on to others who might benefit from it, as they were then being asked to pay in order to provide free support and advice ! As a result, a small number of members were allowed VIP “permission,” so that they could continue giving this voluntary support to those who had become VIP. At least one site admin made it clear that he did not like this one bit – but it was seen as a ‘necessary evil’ at the time.
As the infrastructure of the LB forum now either slowly crumbles or is slowly dismantled, we see yet another depth of their ingratitude being plumbed. The PPI guru Turboman – who spent many hours of his time working on PPI calculations and spreadsheets, and in providing comprehensive explanations of how PPI redress was (or should have been) calculated – has now been denied entry to the VIP area. He was a hard-working VIP member for many years, but effectively joined the ‘Buggered-Off Club’ when he all but disappeared for a couple of years after the mass cull of many of his LB colleagues.
Following the emergence of the LBcompare, Turboman has now returned to the Legal beagles forum to (presumably) resume giving advice in the dying PPI section. However – his VIP status has now been revoked, it would appear. Does that mean his advice is no longer needed ? We can only surmise that – along with most or all of the advice that LB used to provide – they no longer have any interest in providing it, preferring now to leave their members with little or incorrect advice. They then become fodder for the legal & financial advisors that await them in LBcompare.
So – like the earlier LB core members – it appears that poor Turbo’s skills are no longer needed. The axe of redundancy has fallen, and yet again not a word of thanks is heard. Who will be next to get the door slammed in their face ? I expect we all have some ideas.
The Allsorts offer a sympathetic welcome to poor Turboman as the founder member of the “Not Very Important Persons” Club – ‘Abandon any delusions of adequacy all ye who enter.’