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Interview with Joachim Peer
October 12, 2022
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Lindenau - On September 24, the TOPS Group, a major biscuit manufacturer, opened the company to the public. Despite the high enthusiasm, many in Weisserstein remain skeptical with the company, specifically with the company’s past.
The TOPS Group has been plagued by scandals, one of the more well-known one being the 1989 TOPS affair, when the company’s original founder, Jakob and Arno Denzel, were arrested for embezzlement, tax evasion, poor working conditions, nepotism, and other charges. Following the arrest of the Denzel brothers, the company elected Joachim Peer to the seat of President, which he holds from 1989 till today.
Joachim Peer in 1992
Joachim had attempted to reshape the company’s image following the 1989 affair. His efforts included the improvement of working conditions in TOPS factories as well as quelling nepotism, particularly towards anyone related to the Denzel brothers.
Today, Weissersteiner Welle was able to secure an exclusive interview with Joachim Peer, including his views regarding the past, the present, and the future of the company.
Joachim Peer during interview
Thank you, Mr. Peer, for accepting this interview.
Of course, I’m more than honored to be interviewed by the esteemed Weissersteiner Welle.
Alright, let us begin with something easy to digest. How is TOPS doing as of currently?
It is doing quite well, I must say. We saw our stocks rising higher than we could’ve possibly ever imagined. Our company ratings have been at its highest ever since the affair, and the people’s trust is once again handed to our company. We are more than honored, especially with all the scandals of the past, that people still believe and trust us, the good working people in TOPS.
Very well, and how would you envision the company in the next 10, 20 years or so? And how do you view the problems that still haunts the company after the affair?
Well, if the current growth remains for the next decade or two, we could see our company once again being one of the largest companies in Weisserstein, perhaps rivaling Kommerz and other food manufacturers once again on a more even field. The problems with the company would still exist, especially the lack of trust from the public. This is to be expected and we completely understand the frustration of the public back in 1989. With that note, we will nevertheless work tirelessly to shift the public image of our company far, far away from those years.
I see, speaking of the affair, how do you view the affair itself?
The affair back in 1989 is a stain on the company’s otherwise clean record. The amount of wealth stolen by the Denzel brothers from the company, and by extension everyone in the company, from janitors to factory workers to management, is unbelievable. Our hope is those wealth stealing is far in the past for our company. The affair however is, if you look at it from a macro perspective, is ultimately good for the company, as it rid the corrupt Denzel brothers and ultimately saved our company.
Very well, while on the subject, what are your views regarding the Denzel brothers?
The Denzel brothers are perhaps best described by the proverb, “the road to hell is paved with good intention”. In the beginning, the Denzel brothers built the company in order to create quality products. However, as time went on, their goals and intentions begins to be blinded by wealth and greed. Unfortunately, by that point, both can no longer be saved. The greed consumed them, and thanks to that, the company was beared to pay the price. Their greed is their own, and our, undoing. Luckily for us, the arrest warrant was only for them, and not the rest of the company. They have honor, respect, and the trust of the people, and by 1989, they lost all 3.
Alright, and now, let’s turn our attention to you. There has been rumors circulating that you were behind the 1989 affair and the fall of the Denzel brothers to gain power, and that you also misuse the position of president to commit crimes that were believed to be conducted by the Denzel brothers, such as embezzlement, tax evasion, and such. How are your views regarding these rumors?
These rumors are nothing more than people who do not understand the situation trying to make themselves seem knowledgeable. These people act like they are trustworthy to spread false information, believing that anonymity would save them. These are the types of people who write hocus pocus on the internet, spreading conspiracy theories like how the world is flat or how UFOs exist, from the safety of their apartments and hotels. These people are looking to profit through the amount of clicks generated by their false, flashy journalism. Some, I believe, are made with good intention, as criticism to the company in general, and to me as president in particular. However, the rest are made, if you look closely, to turn the public against our company. They believe that they’re fake news could sway the people against us, erasing and editing factual information and events to further their agenda, while deepening their pockets. Unfortunately, rats like them plague our news and media. Rats like them continue to push their agenda because either they feel powerful doing it, or they can pocket a Kronemark or two.
I see. Thank you once again Mr. Peer for your time.
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