ED Magedson – Founder
Hank Belden's Hospitality Training Institute1132 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach, Florida USA
Hank Belden's Hospitality Training Institute Revolving door scam bartending school Ormond Beach Florida
Run away as fast as you can, this school is a revolving door scam.
I attended this bartending "school" and the first 3 classes were interrupted by other students coming in and requesting refunds, or the owner yelling on his phone about quitting students or yelling at bar owners, vendors etc, taking up valuable time that I paid for.
Mind you the "classes" were only 2 hours in length per day four days a week; so time was valuable. The whole school is outdated, the style of teaching is shut up and listen to me, the school and it's owner are a joke.
After the first frustrating week I decided to try again for week two, which had none of the students from the previous week, except for one guy who had been there six months, the class repeated itself from the first week's course outline. His lesson on how to pour beer came in the form of a video from the 80's, If I wanted to learn how to be a bartender via video I would just Youtube bartending (which would have been more productive, and more educational).
The red flags are his attitude in treating unhappy students or customers as they should be called. All he could seem to do is rant about his various encounters, even though the other students and I were in the room awkwardly waiting to continue our convoluted lesson plan of the day, then he has the audacity to ask for a ride to do personal business, completely unprofessional. I gave him a ride the first day where he purchased a $30,000 Toyota truck in CASH. (He guilted me with a sob story, explaining how he does'nt drive due to multiple DUI's and speeding tickets)
I decided to continue onto week two, (though I contemplated asking for a refund), just to see if he could get his act together or if I caught him on a bad week. Week two began with a new batch of suckers and he began to teach the first week's lesson plan AGAIN! By this time I knew the fix was in, this "school" is a revolving door designed to swindle people out of their hard earned money (Some students were on a payment plan, however this option was never offered to me when I signed up he swindled me for 1500 dollars).
I would have been treated better if I were a woman considering he was sweet to the girls in the class, and curt to the men. I inquired as to how to be employed as a bartender his "advice" and I use that term loosely was "go to a bar or restaurant, tell them you'll do anything even wash dishes, just get your foot in the door" I didn't need to pay this "school" for that advice I could have done that on my own, his "school" guaranteed job placement and any bar of choice per Hank, but that was when I was visiting the school so I'm sure that was just more of his ploy to scam money from me.
He was completely unprofessional considering how he yelled and chased people out of the school who were unhappy as I am with his "school" and I use that term loosely. He was uncooperative in refunding my money and left a long listing voicemail threatening me not to step foot in his "school" because some guys did the other day and he pressed charges against them, saying he went to law school (but he's not a lawyer) it was a vague, pathetic attempt to say the least! If your reading this and considering his school, RUN RUN AWAY and save your money, because all this guy will do is ask for personal favors, brag about his past, hit on the women in class and want you to be his chauffeur because he doesn't drive. You have been warned.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/25/2013 09:49 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Hank-Beldens-Hospitality-Training-Institute/Ormond-Beach-Florida-32174/Hank-Beldens-Hospitality-Training-Institute-Revolving-door-scam-bartending-school-Ormond-1102210. 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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