Recently, my wife and I decided that we needed a mini-vacation to get away from the stress that was going on with us at work. So, we decided to go to Gatlinburg for a couple of days.
On our first full day there, we decided that we needed to stay an extra day so that we could take in the aquarium there in Gatlinburg, the only problem was, that the tickets were on more expensive side and you could not find coupons.
After eating a meal at the Golden Corral over in Pigeon Forge, we were searching through the kiosks of attraction information when we were approached by two individuals asking what we were searching for. when we told them we were looking for discount coupons for the aqaurium, they told us that they didn't exist, but asked how we would like free tickets and a free $25 Visa gift card for simply taking a 90 minute tour of a hotel.
Not knowing what we were in for, we agreed. I mean with the ticket cost and the card, what would 90 minutes really mean. We answered a few of their questions and then they asked us for a $20 deposit. This is where we should have known that something was wrong.
After giving them their deposit, they asked for our contact number and gave us a number to call for directions if we needed them.
The next morning, we went to the resort there in Gatlinburg and was quite overwhelmed with the beauty of the surrounding area and the reception area. We presented our "invitation" and filled out some general information. Soon, we met Jim, who offered us some refreshments and led us back to a miniature "meeting hall" with about 20 tables set up.
Jim started with the usual small talk about where we were from, what we did for living, that sort of stuff and told us that at the end of the presentation, all we would need to do was give a yes or no answer without any details. He explained to us that he was new to this and to forgive him if he needed to contact his "supervisor". soon after this, he had to call his supervisor Tim over to authorize something and then he continued with his schpille.
Finally, he took us on the tour. My wife and I thought it was wonderful and was considering investing. But, over the next year or so, we have some major descisions (ie, moving and buying another house, childrend, etc.) and we couldn't take on this financial responsibilities ourselves at this time. We actually wanted to get with some of our family about splitting it up. At first they said that this was OK, but when we mentioned calling them, then it was a terrible idea.
At that point, we said that our answer was going to be no. Then Jim asked that dreaded question. Why? We both looked at him with a questioning look. "Why can't you do this?" So I proceeded to explain to him the exact same reasons. He had to call his "supervisor" Tim over again.
Tim asked us how we could handle half the original payment, which we said no to again. He also asked why. My statement was that before I made any financial agreements, I had people that I needed to talk to first. He wanted to know who, in a very interested tone. When I told him my banker, he wanted to know why since they were going to finance it. I flat-out told him NO this time.
He asked what the gifts were that we were supposed to recieve and we stated that we were promised tickets to Ripleys! aquarium and a $25 Visa gift card, in addition to our deposit back. A few minutes later, Tim came back over and said that they were out of the gift cards and the tickets, but they could offer us a box of markers, a Bass Pro shop fishing lure and somethings else (I can't remember what else becuase I was already upset). He finally said that he was joking that our gifts were available at the desk.
Jim, who had been one of the nicest guys that we had met then bacame Satan himself. He looked at us and stated that all that they asked for was for us to have an open mind, and that we knew what our answer was going to be from the moment we got there and he slammed his pen down on the table. The pen, then bounced over and hit my wife and he never did apologize.
Overall, we now know what to expect from BlueGreen. Will we ever invest with them? NO! At least not after this little stunt.