No reply from Capital Outsourcing Group Ltd to my phone call (where I was told someone would phone me back), e-mail, or Recorded Signed For letter (which was signed for on 18/09/13 12:07:00 at BST).
However, I have this minute just put the phone down from a very unhappy high ranking OpenReach bod. OpenReach take their good name very seriously, something which I was banking on. The bod has been doing some detective work, and thinks a third agency is involved between OpenReach and Capital Outsourcing Group (UK) Ltd, an agency he trusts, and he knows neither OpenReach or the agency would ask for anything other than unspent conviction details as per the law. He is fairly sure that once this agency is told about Capital Outsourcing Group Ltd's conduct, the shit will hit the fan.
The guy was super nice, very supportive and understanding, and even went so far as to give me his personal e-mail and mobile phone number should I ever need anything. I replied a job would be nice (half in jest).
He's asked me to send my CV in to him and he'll earmark me for the next round of suitable jobs in my area! Might come to nothing, but it's the most positive news I've had on the job front yet.
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
Now, I should just point out that not everyone with a criminal record will actually have been found guilty of a crime, or have even committed a crime. Some people might plead guilty. Now, why, you ask, would someone plead guilty to a crime they didn't commit. Well, I imagine there may be many reasons, but I can think of a couple straight away:
A: Because pleading not guilty would result in a full court case and a secret would become public knowledge. When you're young, or otherwise not got your head screwed on straight, priorities get confused.
B: The Police/CPS want a conviction, but you and your co-accused are all pleading innocent. It turns out that your co-accused all have previous and are in fact on parole. The Police/CPS tell you that if you plead guilty, charges against the others will be dropped, otherwise they face certain jail. The Police are quick to point out that should they be jailed, they'll probably 'not be very happy with you'.
Conversely, I was as guilty as hell and pleaded guilty. Does this now mean because of one incident where I made a silly mistake, resulting in two convictions, I have to put up with lawlessness for the rest of my life? We do get some very odd people frequenting STW.
you do realise you've now been moved onto the "do not employ" list for being awkward trouble maker rather than because of any convictions you may or may not have?
I would only be on the "do not employ" list of a company I wouldn't dream of working for anyway! The kind of organisations I work for would welcome my honesty, integrity, resolve, and determination.
Capital Outsourcing Group (UK) Ltd, I'm still coming for you.