• Report: #397833

Complaint Review: California Blimps

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  • Submitted: Thu, December 04, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, December 16, 2008

  • Reported By:Williamstown Massachusetts
California Blimps
738 West 17th Street Unit D Costa Mesa, California U.S.A.
  • Phone: 949-650-1183
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  • Category: Customer

California Blimps Stole $1,454.00 for an Order I Placed for a 12ft Blimp Costa Mesa California

*Author of original report: Paul Pacelli Hoped This Would All Be Behind Him...

*Author of original report: Paul Pacelli Admitted He Stole My Check...

*Author of original report: Willing to Settle Once and For All...

*Author of original report: U.S. Postal Service Conducted Investigation...

*Author of original report: Better Business Bureau Files & Documentation for California Blimps

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: This was not a rip off

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I placed an order for a 12ft helium blimp on March 14th, 2007 and I was told repeatedly that my order was being made and processed and that it would take another month, then another month and another, until I called.
When I called to complain to the owner, Paul Pacelli, he told me to fxxx myself and that he was keeping the money and that I should pursue him in small claims court in California!

Steven xxxx
Williamstown, Massachusetts
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

Paul Pacelli Hoped This Would All Be Behind Him...

AUTHOR: Evergreenaerial - (U.S.A.)

Just when Paul Pacelli and California Blimps would have liked to see this behind them, they continued to submit false statements and lies to both the Better Business Bureau and to my "New Favorite Site-Rip Off Report"!! I would have forgotten all about this scam, Paul Pacelli and California Blimps if I did not recieve a notice from the Better Business Bureau requesting an update.
So now the Federal Trade Commission, the Massachusettes and California Attorney Generals Offices have been formally notified!

THE HEAT IS BEING TURNED UP NOW!
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#2 Author of original report

Paul Pacelli Admitted He Stole My Check...

AUTHOR: Evergreenaerial - (U.S.A.)

If you place an order with a company, you expect something in return...Right?! Your order or your hard earned cash back?!!

Well, since I had been staying in touch with Paul Pacelli and California Blimps via phone and AOL, I kept all of my follow up emails in my saved folder for future references for my attorney.

I called many times and wrote about a dozen emails with regards to my Money Order being signed, cashed and stolen by Paul Pacelli.
Since I had the U.S. Postal Service conduct a search on the check from the USPS Reciept I kept, they mailed me the actual copy of the check with his signature on the back right next to his bank account info at his local Bank of America branch.
You cannot expect to steal a USPS Money Order without leaving some trail behind...ESPECIALLY YOUR BANK INFO!!

So I emailed one last time to complain about my stolen check with his signature on the back and he wrote back quote end quote...

"steve my business is so much in the red that i am looking to possibly going under..so at this point u do what u have to..if i had the money i would..this recession has taken a bit out of our business. at this point i already have 2 other law suites for $31,000 fyi. u think they are getting there money. i have had 2 disrt. go out of business and take me for $39,000.00 so i hate to tell u this but i am s**t out of money...if i get back into the green or even in business in 7 months, that will be a miracle. I am sorry..

This is a true quote and was saved entirely via my AOL account and it can be legally backed up by AOL if needed!
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#3 Author of original report

Willing to Settle Once and For All...

AUTHOR: Evergreenaerial - (U.S.A.)

Look, I am not here to close anyone down and make them go belly up!
I just want the money that I sent in trust to his business "California Blimps" Returned!

I will even settle for the $1,000 U.S Postal Money Order Amount and will move on!


Sincerely,


Evergreen Aerial Photography
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#4 Author of original report

U.S. Postal Service Conducted Investigation...

AUTHOR: Evergreenaerial - (U.S.A.)

Since I was ripped off via a U.S Postal Money Order, the U.S.P.S was glad to help and conducted an investigation on their end only to find that indeed the mail had been delivered on 2-07-07 and signed by someone there in the name of Sarah with my money order inside for $1,000, which Paul Pacelli signed for and cashed the very next day at his bank. This is all documented and recorded by the U.S. Postal Service and I have all of the hard copies from them!

Since the money order was cashed by him, why would the U.S. Postal Service give me a refund?? They told me that if the check had been lost in transit and NOT SIGNED & CASHED, then they would submit a full refund to me for the full amount on the check.

The folowing Thursday I sent another $454.00 to California Blimps to fulfill my order via personal check, being told that my order would take about a month or so and to be patient...
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#5 Author of original report

Better Business Bureau Files & Documentation for California Blimps

AUTHOR: Evergreenaerial - (U.S.A.)

I have personally followed through with the Better Business Bureau and have full documentation with them and of my reciepts from the U.S Postal Service Money Order and Paul Pacelli's signature on the back, the actual time and date delivery reciept from the U.S Postal Service of my mail with the money order inside, being accepted by someone in the offiice in the name of Sarah and signed by her. I even kept the actual emails from them with regards to them promising me a check last winter, but was never delivered.
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

This was not a rip off

AUTHOR: Californiablimps - (U.S.A.)

This customer placed an order with us and supposedly sent in a check, which we never received. He then in turn cancelled the order and advised us that the check was lost in the mail and he got a refund by the Postal Service.He got a full refund. This order therefor was cancelled and we closed this matter on good terms. Now after a 22 month he is contacting us again trying to get money. This is not a Rip off on our part.
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