12 April, 2017. 16:02
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
And just like that, Mikey Playmore was banished from the WhatsApp group.
Nobody knew why and nobody dared ask.
Most would agree he hadn’t really done anything to warrant – but that doesn’t matter. When Mark Dollarhyde has had enough of you, you’re gone.
“He was getting a bit big for his boots,” said fellow WhatsApp group member, Sam Peterman.
“Maybe that was what got him unstuck, we certainly didn’t see it coming anyway. It’s got us all on edge.”
The Advocate reached out to Mr Dollarhyde, as an impartial outsider looking for answers, for reasons why Mikey was kicked out of the group without warning.
“It’s none of your business,” said Mark. “You are failing to understand the dynamics of the group. There’s about 30 of us in it and somebody needs to run it. That person is me – and it’s my way of the highway.”
While the punishment for insolence isn’t as bad as being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night and shot with a Soviet-era 30mm anti-aircraft cannon, the manner in which Dollarhyde runs the group chat has been compared to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
However, Mark dismissed those claims, explaining that he’s always been democratic and fair when punishing group members for their trespasses.
“Nobody has ever expressed any disdain for the manner in which I run the group,” he said.
“So I don’t plan on changing anything.”
More to come.