I was called in for a job interview with Ford of Montebello in Montebello, CA. Upon arriving for said interview I was extended an invite to return for a three day training with Al Bennett of Al Bennett automotive consulting. We were promised jobs if we followed through with the training. An employment application divulging all previous personal and business history was filled out and given to Mr. Al Bennett.
At the end of the second day of training Mr. Bennett revealed that to pass\certify the students for the job training that there would be a $399 fee assessed for his consultation services. He pitches this to his students as a 90 day commitment to the dealership we would be working for and that upon 90 days of employment that the fee would be returned to you.
On the third day also considered the graduation day, all the students interviewed with the dealerships owner Chuck McVay. [continued below]....
..... Some students didn't make it and were not offered jobs. I was one of the students not offered a job because neither Chuck McVay nor Al Bennett actually took the time to review any information included within the employment application.
So long story short, after a fee was paid for the consultation service, I was denied the job because I didn't qualify to work there under the terms of their insurance for having had a DUI 7 years ago. The funny part was that I actually have no DUI on my record or anything on my record for that matter because it was all dealt with in court. I had simply declared it on the application to be honest and forthcoming about what may be revealed with a thorough background check. But they did not care and would not even attempt to move forward with the application.
Now I have no job and I'm out 400$. I will not get my money back after 90 days and I am left high and dry with little or nothing that can be done about the situation. The absurd part about this is that I brought this to Mr. Bennett's attention several times prior to me paying him because I was questioning whether or not I would qualify. He lied to me several times stating that I'll be fine and that the impression of the dealership manager was that they liked me and I had nothing to worry about.
Mr. Bennett has a slick demeanor and leaves his students in a cloud of confusion. He refuses to honor a refund because he offers lifetime placement assistance or so he says. What good is that to me if I never qualified to work for an auto dealership?
Shame on Ford of Montebello for allowing Al Bennett to run this scam within their organization. Shame on Al Bennett for not lying to me, stealing my money, and wasting my time.