• Report: #166831

Complaint Review: James Madison High School - PCDI

  • Submitted: Sun, December 04, 2005
  • Updated: Tue, June 16, 2009

  • Reported By:Florence South Carolina
James Madison High School - PCDI
430 Technology Parkway Norcross, Georgia U.S.A.

James Madison High School - Professional Career Dev. Inst. ripoff and misled my son Norcross Georgia

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*Consumer Suggestion: Watch Out for Certain Reviews

*Consumer Comment: James Madison worked for me also

*Consumer Comment: James Madison worked for me.

*Author of original report: Collection Ripoff Attempt

*Consumer Comment: Minor = no enforceable contract

*Consumer Comment: I have a few questions.

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My 17 year old son Dustin was looking for a faster way to graduate H.S. and he "enrolled" by using my credit card, without my permission, to charge the initial $5.00 online for James Madison High School.

According to JMHS policy he would be unenrolled if they did not receive his transcripts within 90 days of this enrollment. So he figured that he had 90 days to convince me to let him send his transcripts and begin receiving books and taking tests.

When he came to me I told him that his charge to my card was not authorized and no further charges would be authorized. He assured me that JMHS would terminate his enrollment when he didn't complete his enrollment process of sending his transcripts.

I reviewed the JMHS policy and it stated that he could not enroll while already enrolled in another school which of course he was.

Dustin told me that he had also gone to the rip off report and saw the complaints against JMHS after his supposed unauthorized "enrollment" and he became afraid that he would be harassed into cancelling what he had not even completed purchasing.

Sure enough JMHS has told Dustin that he can cancel for $255.00. Dustin has not receive 1 school book and has not completed any assignments for the school to have had to grade. What could he have owed for had it actually been a real school?

Dustin told me that he told them he would not be completing their acceptance requirement of sending his transcripts and that their policy stated that his enrollment would be cancelled. They stated they were unaware of the policy they were just trying to collect either the fees for classes or the cancel fee.

Since August 2005 Dustin has never received any school books or services from JMHS. Their failed efforts to charge any monthly fees on to my credit card has resulted in notices for collections being sent to Dustin.

I have had Dustin forward his phone to my phone and I have spoken to these collection people informing them that my son was an unauthorized minor at the time of this alledged enrollment and has received no services from JMHS for which to charge anything.

They inform me that I can call student services but they are going to collect from my son.

Interesting people. They are not acting like a school that wants a student. They are not interested that my minor son was not legally liable at the time of enrollment for any contractual agreement.

My son has turned 18 now and I will be curious to see if they want to turn this matter over to collections and attempt to involve others in their collection scheme.

I will follow your books suggestions and keep recordings of all calls and this may be the making of a lawsuit that will finally put this group out of business if they really are the paper mill that I am starting to believe that they are.

You would think that since I let them keep the $5.00 charge, that I made Dustin repay me for his part, they would terminate this account because a parent has informed them that this was a mistake made by a minor and that any agreement is considered unenforceable.

They probably don't realize how deep it is going to get if they attempt to further harass or cause further mischief.

I am beginning to get interested in this group and would appreciate any other feedback that I can present to the Georgia Attorney General, the South Carolina Attorney General and the various federal agencies that monitor illegal activities with the use of the mail/wire or interstate commerce.

Sandy
Florence, South Carolina
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/04/2005 02:35 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/James-Madison-High-School-PCDI/Norcross-Georgia-30092/James-Madison-High-School-Professional-Career-Dev-Inst-ripoff-and-misled-my-son-Norcro-166831. 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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#1 Consumer Comment

Complaints About PCDI

AUTHOR: Aimee30 - (U.S.A.)

I have seen these comments and think, for goodness sake, the opposite can be true. People have also been known to be paid to complain about certain companies as well. I have seen a lot of stuff pulled by competition through many items. For example, I have seen where a competing business has paid people to complain about a certain company and vote up bad reviews on them to make a company look bad.

I myself have experienced this as a web writer. I have written perfectly fine articles that people will vote on and only give them one star. You know it has to be someone trying to make you look bad on purpose when most people give good votes or much higher votes. Some people just do it to try and eliminate the competition.

As for me, I was a real student of PCDI. The workbooks I received were paperback books, but contained very helpful information on how to run a small business. They included a check writing course, what FIFO and LIFO mean when dealing with store inventory, information on accounting, how to deal with payments by customers, and other useful information that could help any potential business owner.

The only time they actually charge you a certain amount to cancel is when you go beyond a certain amount of days in the course. The books might not have been received if they don't have the correct address. For goodness sake, no company is perfect and make mistakes or have lousy employees.

By the way, when I asked for a copy of my transcript for this course, which I actually did back about the year 2000, they sent it to me for free. If some employee of theirs does something wrong or misleads you--you have every right to visit an attorney and see what can be done.

As for the mother who turned their kid into the police, way to go--you taught your kid they can't trust you, so they might as well go on their own. I would never ask for your help for anything--only if I had no other choice. For goodness sake, all you had to do is make her pay it back on installments--if she had skipped town I would have understood your reaction, but obviously some people don't understand they are a human being too and make mistakes.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Watch Out for Certain Reviews

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

Please be forewarned, when you know a certain company/school, such as "PCDI" for example, have numerous complaints against them, it is likely that someone associated with these schools will try to post false reviews to paint a better picture of these companies. If there are so many consumer complaints against a school/company, then just don't get involved with them, and certainly do not listen to people who try to paint a different picture from what it really is - - it is just another sale pitch.
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#3 Consumer Comment

James Madison worked for me also

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

I finished my last year of high school with james madison. I don't know why anyone would have a problem with them unless they are not making there payment's.


Having a regular high school diploma from jame's madison is better then settling with a ged I finished in 2003, they also gave me my own highschool ring.

If i knew about james madision I would had finished 9th-10th with james madision.
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#4 Consumer Comment

James Madison worked for me.

AUTHOR: Marine2003 - (U.S.A.)

After reading some reports on JMHS, I felt it necessary to respond. I enrolled in JMHS in 2003 when I was 19 and completed it which helped me enter in the Marine Corp. I understand alot of the frustration but I have nothing about good things to say about JMHS. They were there to help me when I had questions and was stuck on something. I believe JMHS is more for those who are not in high school but for those who have realized the mistake they made in quitting high school or those like me who had no choice when they had to provide for there younger siblings. It's a second chance.
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#5 Author of original report

Collection Ripoff Attempt

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

After dealing with at least one legit. collection agency almost a year ago that understood that a contract entered into by a minor was unenforceable I now am presented with a new, supposed collection agency, "Oxford Management Services" that now has modified their records to say that material was delivered to Dustin after he turned 18 and that he signed a contract.

Their is no signed contract and any agreement entered into with a minor is still unenforceable and all the mail that they send after his birthday does not change the facts. I have iformed these people that they are dealing with a bad group and they have challenged me to sue them.

I informed them of this report and I will now contact the Attorney General in both states and federal.

I am surprised that no class action has been filed against PCDI, aka, James Madison High School. May be I'll start one.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Minor = no enforceable contract

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

Your comments are legally incorrect, Mark. As a minor, any contract (with one exception, and thiss ain't it) the child enters into is voidable at his option. He exercised that option, and legally there is no liability, on anyone's part, for the debt.

Your phone bill issue is different. Your daughter was using the services under YOUR contract. She did not enter into an individual agreement with the company.

In regards to a parent's liability for things such as broken windows, you are operating under a common misperception. Parents are not directly lable for the torts of their children. Rather, if the parents are held legally liable for debts arising out of such acts, such liabilty arises from the parent's negligent supervision of the child, not the actual act of the child.
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#7 Consumer Comment

I have a few questions.

AUTHOR: Mark (FlyingScooter) - (U.S.A.)

Do I have this right?

Your son, at 17 yrs old, used your credit card without your permission.

He signed up for school, on his own, without your permission, using your credit card which means he electronically signed a contract. Did he use his name or your name as the card holder?

Have any charges been filed against him yet?

You said your son is not legally liable at that time. Does that mean you are liable as his parent? (I would think they'd go after you. Sort of like a kid breaking a window and looking at the parent and saying: he's your kid. he might not be able to pay, but you will.)

One final question: Did you file on him in Juvy for illegal using your card? The only reason i ask this is the simple reason that somewhere down the road, you'll end up in collection for this and if you didn't file , a case could be made that you acknowledged his actions, did nothing, hence took complete responsibility for the debt of your son.

(my oldest daughter, at 16, totalled 700.00 in long distance charges in one month. I paid it, but so did she. She was ordered to work it off via community service. 10 hours a week for 4months. she never did that again.) Could I have fought it and not had to pay? Maybe, but it was my kid and my responsibility. Then 18 rolled around. :)
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AUTHOR: Heather - (U.S.A.)

O was ripped off by these people also . All they care about is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...and nothing else . I hope to get back my $1,089.00 that I had spent .I was going to enroll my son into this Slyvan but this JMHS had broke me from sucking eggs . that is not a good learning center to .Hmmm maybe the same people running it .
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AUTHOR: Heather - (U.S.A.)

O was ripped off by these people also . All they care about is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...and nothing else . I hope to get back my $1,089.00 that I had spent .I was going to enroll my son into this Slyvan but this JMHS had broke me from sucking eggs . that is not a good learning center to .Hmmm maybe the same people running it .
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AUTHOR: Heather - (U.S.A.)

O was ripped off by these people also . All they care about is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...and nothing else . I hope to get back my $1,089.00 that I had spent .I was going to enroll my son into this Slyvan but this JMHS had broke me from sucking eggs . that is not a good learning center to .Hmmm maybe the same people running it .
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