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Why is stealing a civil matter?
I ordered a bridesmaid dress for a wedding this past July, which was supposed to arrive in plenty of time. I did not get the dress until just days before the wedding after the bride, groom, and I called and visited Debbie NUMEROUS times! After lying to all of us she finally confessed that she was out of money and was trying to convince her parents to give her a loan so she could pay the dress companies so they would release the dresses to her. After even more lies the groom finally had to meet her at the Bridal Spot, walked her to her bank, and waited there until she withdrew the money needed to get the dresses from the UPS guy that she had turned away earlier that morning. I feel for people facing financial hardships, but my sympathy for Debbie ran thin when she continued to be dishonest. I contacted the attorney general to see if anything could be done to warn other customers, but nothing came of it. I wish an article could have been written to warn customers sooner, but I was told nothing could be done until her doors were shut.
Songczar - unless you know something that wasn't in the article - disputes between a business and customer over delivery, satisfaction with product, color of product, etc... are CIVIL. The only time it becomes criminal is if the owner of the shop threatens a customer, if the customer threatens the owner, if the owner takes the money and skips town without providing the product, etc... I work in the wedding industry and have seen some of the stunts pulled by both sides - ie colors aren't right, dresses don't fit, can't be altered, etc...
If she isn't good at managing money, wasn't properly funded, etc.. that is a failure on her part. The problem is that there really isn't a place to go for help - the SBA is a joke.
My Fiancé and I unfortunately had our Bridesmaids order their dresses from The Bridal Spot, in fact I am the one who spoke to the Plymouth Police Sgt. We did not know anything was wrong until we saw this same story on Fox 9. By that point it was too late. Our ladies had paid in full. The reason I contacted the Police was to ask whether we would have a theft case. Our Bridesmaids ordered and paid for their dresses on 12/22, and the shop closed days later, just after Christmas. We were given NO indication that something was wrong! I find it hard to believe that the owner didn’t know she was going to close just a few days after taking our orders, which means she took our money having NO intention of ordering our dresses. She is a THEIF as far as I am concerned!!! We have forwarded all of our information including receipts to the Attorney General’s office, and I would encourage anyone who is also stuck in this predicament to do the same.
My daughter just heard about this...she was waiting for her dress to arrive for her summer wedding. Her dress was paid in full. I am very dissappointed in the owner. Now the dress shopping (and paying for it) begin again.
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