Rob Gilchrist is probably the greatest living New Zealander. Out of brash patriotism and fervent desire to protect our nation from enemies foreign and domestic, he shouldered the burden of earning $600 a week cash to nark on Greenpeace, animal rights activists, anti-war protesters, unions, and that most terrifying of terrorist cells, the Green Party. Of particular interest to our brave boys in blue was the Grey Lynn festival, a known hangout spot for religious extremists, dangerous criminals, and Satan.
Among the very important information about clear and present threats to New Zealand’s national security provided to the Police by Gilchrist were nude photos of a teenage activist.
What a fucking hero.
His crusade against the forces of evil was tragically ended when he asked his computer-savvy partner to fix his computer, without backing up and deleting years of emails to and from his police handlers, or his porn collection, first.
On being outed as a dishonest scumbag, he protested that honestly, all the people he informed on were “good people trying to make a better world”. Which is probably why a lot of them remember him as the #1 shit-stirrer and dude-who-was-always-shoving-security-officers-and-egging-people-on-to-commit-criminal-acts.
Now, Rob Gilchrist thinks he deserves over half a million dollars to compensate him, including 100k for “factors such as distress and humiliation”.
I won’t say that Rob Gilchrist isn’t really depressed, or that he’s faking mental illness. Hell, if you’re predisposed to depression then I can only imagine living a complete lie for ten years and then being found out as a liar, an agent provocateur, and a fucking sleazebag could easily aggravate that.
What I will say? Is that of everyone involved in this story, Rob Gilchrist is just about the last fucking person who deserves compensation for distress and humiliation.
Rob Gilchrist betrayed people’s trust. He not only betrayed their trust, he actively worked to encourage them to do more extreme actions than they were comfortable with. He took nude photos of unconsenting and unconscious women and sent at least one to his police handlers with a dirty joke attached. He played a significant part in a very dark, disturbing chapter of New Zealand law enforcement, which treated mildly unlawful protest (OMG THEY’RE SITTING DOWN IN OUR LOBBYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! THEY BROKE INTO OUR BARN AND ACCURATELY FILMED THE CONDITIONS INSIIIIIIIIIIIDE!!!) like it was tantamount to car-bombings and political assassination. He threw other people under the bus to hide his tracks.
I’m sure he suffers mental pain after such a catalogue of douchebaggery. But compared to the people he screwed over for $600 a week? Go fuck yourself for once, Rob.