• Report: #58488

Complaint Review: Palmetto Marketing

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  • Submitted: Tue, May 27, 2003
  • Updated: Tue, August 24, 2004

  • Reported By:Wickliffe Ohio
Palmetto Marketing
7522 Wiles Rd. Suite 112 Coral Springs, Florida U.S.A.

Palmetto Marketing Inc. ripoff, scam, misrepresentation Coral Springs Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: What you see is what you get

*Consumer Suggestion: I Wasn't Faulting The Kids

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: true fact about this job is that it's a DEAD-END situation.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: John .....heres your answer ..the company picks up kids in diffrent states and by running an add in the newspaper

*Consumer Suggestion: I've Heard of thse ripoffs

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: sarah??

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I am sorry

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A young woman,Sarah Trimmell, came to my house claiming she was with the local high school selling magazines as a fund raiser for the graduating
class. She gave my husband a story of how she earns so many points for each sale and she can win a free trip. Well, my husband ended up purchasing a subscription for a magazine I already receive.

Not wanting this magazine, I called the high school to get in touch with the young woman to change my order and the adminstration informed me that they weren't selling magazines nor was there a student named Sarah Trimmell.

After a lot of research on the internet, I finally located a phone number to contact Palmetto Marketing Inc. When I contacted them, they were willing to change my order but it alarmed me when the woman only asked my name. She never inquired about my address nor the order number on the receipt. I then told her that Sarah claimed she was with a local school and she did admit that Sarah was working independently and my receipt clearly stated that (and it does). When I asked if Sarah could return to my house so I could make the changes with her, she told me that Sarah was no longer in my area without ever asking what city I lived in.

When I told the woman I wanted to cancel, she would not take the cancellation over the phone nor would she provide an email address. She stated she need the back of the sales receipt signed and post marked by 3 business day. When I asked if I could fax it, she claimed she needed the original receipt. When I asked when I could expect a refund, she said 90 to 120 days.

After reading various reports of others not receiving even their magazines, I do not trust that my money will be returned. Therefore, I spent $27 to put a stop payment on the check but at least they are not getting my money.

Wickliffe, Ohio

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/27/2003 08:49 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Palmetto-Marketing/Coral-Springs-Florida-33067/Palmetto-Marketing-Inc-ripoff-scam-misrepresentation-Coral-Springs-Florida-58488. 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 UPDATE EX-employee responds

What you see is what you get

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

okay everything she says is true, trouble does stay around these kids I was talkin at of my opinion I needed a job and unlike some of the other kids that were on crew i did stay out of trouble. Valarie was the one who hired me so you better remember me.

Everybody who leaves crew has their opinion about everything I learned alot about myself when I was on crew thats why I knew I didn't want to stay because I couldn't be who they wanted me to be I don't regret joining because I got to see alot of new places and learn alot about diffrent people now the company may not be right and that was my bad judgement of character but you live and you learn life goes on.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

I Wasn't Faulting The Kids

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


My problem is not with the kids but with the company that hires them. I have heard of instances of where the kids are forced to work and can't get back on their own because the company keeps all the money.

The kids are the victims here as well as the people who fall for this and but these magazines.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

true fact about this job is that it's a DEAD-END situation.

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

Everything "Sarah" has said, is true. Every few weeks or so, "ad runners"(Jamie, Deanette, Travis, etc.) travel to different states and hire people. (Deanette is cool; Travis is a great person; Jamie is only an ad runner because she is dating Vinnie Pitts, other than that, she is USELESS). The true fact about this job is that it's a DEAD-END situation. I may even go as far to say that this job is a last resort.

It's also true about "Sarah" saying these "kids" have no place to go...however, the MAIN reason as to why these people take this job is because they're running away from their past. As for them staying out of trouble, no not happening. There is way too much BS going on behind the scenes of this job, that it's sickening. They talk so much about PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) to the point of such false pretense.

Not one person there is positive. They're all fake, two-faced liar's. Now just how do people survive in this world living like that? Haven't they ever heard of bad karma?

I admit I took this job because I needed a job, but if I'd have known as to what really went on, I'd have turned my back on the guy who hired me, quicker than shit. The truth is, I'm so above anyone there and that includes manager's. I don't care that they're Millionaire's, all the money in the world doesn't make you a wonderful person. Which is what anyone there is FAR from being.
I just have to say it's very dishonest and misleading for Tina and Bob Cecil to continue with getting the ad runner's hopes up. Well, except for Jamie. She should just be ad runner forever because she'll do nothing but waste her life away on drugs. Now is that any type of positive person to be around? I think not. I had thought this was just a rumor while I worked for this company, but I saw quickly it was true. Apparently, if you're an ad runner for PMI (Palmetto Marketing, Inc.), then you won't be promoted to anything higher. Travis deserves to be mananger, but I have to say I agree with who told me he's Tina's little bitch.

Hey Tina, get a clue. Realize that the world doesn't revolve around you and that there are people out there worthy enough to not be your puppets. Why not just have Breanna be your rat nosed bitch? You know, keep it in the family?
As for these other "hopeful's" who work for PMI, well best of luck to you. You'll certainly need it. Well, that best of luck to you actually wasn't directed at Scott Elkins. Man, he's such a joke. Seriously, what type of father doesn't even know his own daughter? I'll tell you, a dead beat futureless one, that's what. Just because you come in with 10 every day,(ok, well 10 every day is stretching it, I'll say 15% of the time) doesn't make you one step closer to being manager. We all know the reason you boast yourself up so much is because this job is the ONLY way you have to make yourself feel "important". But in actuality, if you were any type of a good father at all, you'd go be with your daughter, because everyone knows kid's deserve their parent's presence. Well, in Scott's case, his daughter's just better off not knowing him.

Wow, I feel so much better. Truth hurts, huh?
And that's all she wrote!
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds

John .....heres your answer ..the company picks up kids in diffrent states and by running an add in the newspaper

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

John the company picks up kids in diffrent states and by running an add in the newspaper. I was hired in NC that is where I used to live. The company travels from state to state every one or two weeks kids are droped off by car handlers in diffrent neighbor hood in diffrent towns in that state. So the kids at your door could be from any part of the US but please do not hate these kids or whatever you want to call them most of them don't really have any place for them to go so doing this job is a way for them to survive and stay out of trouble most of the time. I joined b/c I needed a job I quit b/c it wasn't for me.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

I've Heard of thse ripoffs

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

I heard about these kind of ripoffs on the Clark Howard Show. He said what these companies do is take these Kids and send them into an area to sell their magazines and then are never heard of again.

If that was the same person that sold the magazine how come someoone in Kansas is selling magazines in Ohio? It just doesn't make any sense. How did you get to this neighborhood in Ohio anyway Sarah????????
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AUTHOR: Valeria - (U.S.A.)

i think i worked with you?? do you know me?? i was the ad runner for bob.
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#7 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I am sorry

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

Dear Editor,

I am sorry you were never able to recieve your magazine. And I am also very sorry that you misundetrstood me when I told you what I was doing. I never ever said to anybody that I was part of the local highschool. I may have worked for a company that turned out to be full of S*** and I may have been the stupid one who thought what I was doibng was true and honest but I never would delibertly lie and say I was a high school student. I am sorry for your misunderstanding
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