Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to address some things upfront.
- Is this post about Gary James of A4cwsn? Yes; but it’s equally applicable to a hundred other situations you may encounter with a romantic partner, a business colleague even someone you meet on the street.
- Won’t Gary threaten to sue you for libel in relation to this post? Probably. What do you want me to do though? Stay silent? The only thing I can categorically say that I know to be true about Gary is that he is unprofessional and consequently I would not do business with him under any circumstances. There is so much evidence of his unprofessional behaviour that I don’t understand how anyone could consider that statement as constituting libel. He insults and threatens individuals using his corporate Facebook and twitter account. I’ve been in the business world for 23 years and have never encountered anyone who would suggest that this is anything other than unprofessional conduct. Here’s a couple of examples:
Threatening a mother on twitter, telling her not to answer her phone or door:
- Are you asserting that Gary has done anything fraudulent? No. I’m not in a position to do that, but the Connecticut Attorney General’s office is, and they are actively investigating him on charges relating to fraud.
- Are you saying that Gary is a sociopath/psychopath? No. I am not a psychiatrist and even if I were, I don’t believe you can accurately diagnose someone from a distance. I am saying that if you are trying to determine whether to align yourself with him professionally or to trust him with your money, let his behaviours speak for themselves.
- Isn’t this just professional jealousy because you are an admin on other app-related Facebook sites? No. I actively support and promote other app-related sites and pages – the iTeach Special Education group on Facebook, the iMums, Digital Storytime, Technology in Special Education… the list goes on.
- Don’t you just hate the A4 community and want to see it destroyed? I have 65 Facebook friends that still ‘Like’ the A4 page. I have A4 members who ‘Like’ my blog page on Facebook. I interact with these folks on other pages and other sites with no problems. If you read my prior posts in relation to Gary, it will become clear that I loved the A4 community, which is why I became so involved in it and participated with ample amounts of both my time and money.
- Why don’t you just let it go and move on? Well, I pretty much have. I haven’t mentioned either Gary or A4cwsn anywhere in quite some time. The reason for this post is because Gary is again starting to solicit funds from both developers and the special needs community. There are people out there who are getting involved because they aren’t aware of his history. I have a duty of care to these people to say something and at least ensure that they make informed decisions.
So, having addressed those questions, let’s consider how you can tell if someone might be conning you. One of the things you learn as the parent of an autistic child is that behaviour is communication. You may not have a smoking gun that proves someone is trying to defraud you, but in personal and business relationships how someone behaves is an excellent way of discerning whether or not they are someone you can trust. I recently read The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and am embarking on The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Dr. Martha Stout. Here are a few character traits to watch out for together with comments regarding whether or not Gary has exhibited these behaviours or not.
Android reviews were coming ‘soon’ – on April 6, 2011 and never transpired.
…says the man who didn’t have the $850 to file for VSP to have tax-exempt status:
Dr. Robert Hare, the Canadian psychologist who devised the test to determine whether someone is a psychopath/sociopath said in his book Without Conscience:
“[Subcriminal psychopaths] appear to function reasonably well—as lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, academics, mercenaries, police officers, cult leaders, military personnel, businesspeople, writers, artists, entertainers and so forth—without breaking the law, or at least without being caught and convicted. These individuals are every bit as egocentric, callous and manipulative as the average criminal psychopath; however, their intelligence, family background, social skills and circumstances permit them to construct a façade of normalcy and to get what they want with relative impunity.”
Being a psychopath doesn’t mean you’re a criminal. It is possible to be one and not break the law, but these individuals cheat on spouses, act unethically, lie easily and often commit “white-collar” crime undetected.
Again, I want to reiterate, I am neither saying, nor implying, that Gary James is a psychopath. I am not saying he has done anything illegal. What I am saying is that he behaves in ways that should give people pause for thought. He is unprofessional and if you’re a developer you’re going to want to consider whether the messages from his twitter and Facebook business accounts are ones you feel comfortable being associated with. He has made promises that he hasn’t kept, so if you’re a member of the special needs community thinking of giving him money, or hoping to receive an iPad from him, weigh the evidence and decide whether you feel he is trustworthy or not. What do his behaviours tell you?