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Gary Spatz' The Playground - David TerryCosta Mesa / Los Angeles Costa Mesa, California USA
Gary Spatz' The Playground - David Terry Deceptive Business Practice by David Terry and all those representing Gary Spatz' The Playground -Performers Group Costa Mesa California
Let me start by saying that I am in no way shape or form representing any talent company in any capacity.
I am simply expressing what has occured to me while @ The Outlets in Orange or formerly known as "The Block @ orange".
My 3 children ( boys ) and I had lunch at the mall. While walking back to the car, a woman approached me and said "Ooohh dad?" "are you dad?" to which I answered Yes. She then proceeded to ask my kids if they had heard of a Disney television show called "True Jackson". They anwered yes. She then invited us to what she referred to as a "Screening" that was by invitation only and was being held at the DoubleTree hotel on the corner of Chapman / The City drive. Right around the corner from the mall. I thanked and her, we left.
I could see in my 13 year old's face that he was excited over the whole thing so I decided to drive around the block and see what this was about. We arrived and found that this By Invitation Only screening had a very... very VERY long line. Hundreds of kids and their parents were in line, dressed their best. Countless boys with nice clothes and girls in princess dresses all with happy faces.
I explained to my son the line was too long. We were walking out and I saw that the line was moving quickly. Thats because they herd people in, in large groups.
We were given a clipboard to fill out and sign a disclosure form in which they Immediately state that the pictures of The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, True Jackson and a few Other posters they had were in no way related to this event. The represented themselves as "The Performers Group". They disclose that they are NOT talent agents, managers, representatives, casting agents etc.... etc...
To which I immediately questioned.... Well then, who are you? What do you do ? and more importantly... What are we doing here?
Here it goes people.... As a salesperson who's sold Real Estate, Stocks & Bonds, Telecom Services, Wireless Services, Media Services and anything else that has required me to have people Pay any sort of money....
This is the scam....
They have hype the kids up by letting them know that they are looking for "regular" kids.. Not stars... Simply energetic kids who want to be on TV. The credibility piece relies on their bringing out a girl ( whos name I'll reserve ).. and talk to the kids. Shes been on a few episodes of known Nick & Disney channel shows.
They have the kids say a small line. Very small... "I had the best time ever at Disney the other day" Done This is all done in front of a green screen in a rented hall inside the hotel. They make it believeable because of the introductions of the people in the back who the crowd assumes to be the "Talent Scouts" They even made a representation that one of them DISCOVERED Jessica Alba.
You walk up to them after your child reads and they ask a few questions.... Here is what I was told.
"Were going to be having a Reading for VANS. Were looking to bring in around 6 teens. If there is any interest in your son we'll call you".
They called us --- Along with who knows how many other teens. Another big group, being brought in 1 group at a time. This was held at a Costa Mesa office which was seemingly unprofessional due to No signage and looked like one of those rented office spaces from Regus, if youre familiar.
My child does the Vans reading.... and again they call us back. This time, it's the pitch...
Hes not professional
We offer classes that are 6 months + Long
They start at $2700.00 of your hard earned well deserved bad economy survival Dollars.
They made a few efforts to steamroll my wife into committing and she really believed them. As did my poor teen. I am a father who has been around and seen somethings telemarketers do. Let me tell you... This is about as greedy as people get.
It all boiled down to one thing.... Gary Spatz' The PlayGround.
I called back one Mr. David Terry who was our contact from the gate. I probed him and asked about Ad or Film work guarantees. Asked about what role they play, asked what company he represented. Asked what role does the VANS company played in all this... None. It was all downhill from here.
He became agitated and defensive. "We told you from the beginning were not talent agents, You signed"
"We hire field people who are CONTRACTED to find the kids"
After dodging all of my questions.... including the financial ones... he has the nerve to say
"Your Son Isnt a good fit" Why because his father is looking out for his best interest? How did my son all of a not fit the mold they were looking for due to my questioning their deceptive business practices.
Here is the charming part, My son talked about his screening with his friends at school. 2 of them happen to be students at The Playground. One little girl for close to a year... Has gotten NO WORK, no film, no print, nothing.
I am so sick of writing this that it turned my stomach. I have already contacted my attorney who is looking into the matter... People, these crooks are organized. Violating the peoples trust in such a way in public venues... I dont care that they may think they are slick in covering their trail. My congresswomans office will soon be receiving a letter. Along with the OC District attorney, Senator Barbara Boxer and the office of consumer affairs. Not to mention the executive committee at the BBB.
Do yourselves a favor. Believe the postings... these arent competitors posting slander. We're parents posting our experience. These crooks have no respect for their fellow men and women in their communities out at the mall for the afternoon. Save your kids the heart ache... I'm still trying to mend my 13 year old
Shame on David Terry, John Phillipson who is supposed to be from Europe, Martha Conroy and also Gary Spatz... the assumed talent scouts... or not.. who knows they never clarified this.
Regular dad... Orange CA
PS: I have the video of the event, there was No sign about NOT recording.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/06/2013 08:35 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Gary-Spatz-The-Playground-David-Terry-/Costa-Mesa-California/Gary-Spatz-The-Playground-David-Terry-Deceptive-Business-Practice-by-David-Terry-and-1048919. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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