Espresso Italia Marketing closed the doors of its Boynton Beach headquarters today. Owner Shadd Vickery ordered Manager Robert Boots -- who had verbally attacked employees on a regular basis and apparently fired many employees in order to avoid having to pay them commissions owed -- gave the company's few remaining employees and independent contractors the news today. These individuals were given no notice; contractors report that they were dismissed on the spot and denied draw monies due to them: The company apparently scammed its employees and associated contractors along with its distributors.
Case Example I: A key sales person was fired in February for eating a muffin at the wrong time of the morning, and then apparently denied substantial commissions owed. Mr. Vickery, was subsequently never available to receive phone calls from the sales person.
Case Example II: A key sales person left the company after being told he was not allowed to eat his health food at his desk. He refused to return to the company, though he apparently had outstanding commissions coming to him.
Case Example III: During a recent compliance meeting, the company attorney compared Mr. Boots to a n**i officer. Boots reportedly smiled at the characterization and was not fired, but was retained as a manager.
True, these are only three case examples; they are intended to provide a good, quick picture of the company's ridiculously unprofessional atmosphere and misplaced values. The company apparently lied repeatedly to its employees and contactors, who were led to believe that they were supplying distributors with a reputable and excellent product package. I urge distributors to contact one another, work together and give Shadd Vickery and his associates their due desserts.
Delray Beach, Florida