No show vendor, no refund – what would you do?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yikes, sorry that happened to you!  Since there are several other parties involved, I would investigate opening a class action law suit.  You could take him to small claims court but I wonder if the legal fees associated with hiring a lawyer & court costs would even be worthwhile?  

Post # 3
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

TaraMay_:  I’m really surprised the credit card did nothing! Small claims court for sure!!!

Post # 6
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Besides small claims court, look into your local news station to see if they do segments on consumer issues.  All of our news channels have segment where they investigate local businesses accused of scamming customers and help those customers get compensation.  Perhaps some public awareness will convince them to respond to your refund.

Post # 8
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Go down to your local Small Claims Court or JP court and speak with the clerk about filing a small claims case. Take ALL of your documents, including emails and contracts. Filing fees are generally small and you don’t have to hire an attorney. With your document trail, you should pretty easily obtain a judgment against him, although it probably won’t be quick or easy and will cost you a little bit of money. He may not even respond to the case, at which point you’d have to try to collect on the judgment. Which may or not be successful, depending on his company and assets. 

Post # 10
103 posts
Blushing bee


TaraMay_:  What’s the name of this vendor so future brides can be aware of this scam and avoid this one.

Post # 11
10 posts


TaraMay_:  Sorry to hear that.  I would agree with the PP who suggested first contacting your local news station.  If that doesn’t work, small claims court it is… I don’t know what state you are in, but many counties have free legal clinics or help desks to help you with the paperwork.  I wouldn’t recommend hiring an attorney because most will charge a fee upfront, and there is a possibility the vendor will never pay even after a court judgment.  I hope you get your money back!

Post # 13
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

TaraMay_:  Small debts court, here I come. You have plenty of evidence to win your case. You don’t need a lawyer in small debts court. You can ask that the award include the amount you paid to the vendor and your filing costs.

ps Failing that- JUDGE JUDY!

Post # 15
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

TaraMay_:  I would negatively comment on him/his business anywhere I could to stop him from doing it to others. Especially the site where you found him. Make sure to list his full name-company name in comments so when other brides do google searches on him, your comments will show up in the results. Most brides google at least once before booking. 

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