- Report: #340335
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Complaint Review: Rent Way Now Rent A Center
Rent Way Now Rent A Center4270 ALOMA AVENUE Winter Park, Florida U.S.A.
Rent Way Now Rent A Center I got a criminal record for dealing with Rent Way!! Winter Park Florida
*General Comment: Bologna
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Rental companys cant put you in jail
*Consumer Comment: B.S.
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I continued to phone this store and the manager every few days until I moved at the end of June. I was moving to the other side of the state and in with family. I no longer needed the furniture. I phoned the manager on the day I was moving and the manager, once again, said he would be out to get the furniture.
The next week (early July) I phoned the same store and again, spoke with the manager, he said he had picked up the furniture (sofa, loveseat, coffee table, 2 end tables and 2 lamps). I was advised I was finished with Rent Way. I've never done this before and thought this manager was good for his word. I thought everything was OK until the end of September, 2006 on my way home from work around 11 p.m. and was stopped.
I was arrested, brought to the local jail and then transported to the jail where the alleged crime took place. Three days later I was bonded out. Since I wasn't local (in the area) I was forced to pay the entire bond amount. I went to court numerous times and when it was decided I had a choice, to take a plea or to go to trial, I decided to go to trial until I was advised it would take my showing up every morning to see if there was room for my case to be heard.
I have bad health and my vehicle was not able to be driven 200 miles each day for 2 weeks. I took the plea bargain. I was forced to make restitution, take a theft class and 50 hours of community service. The community service hours were dismissed when I produced a document from my doctor stating my illness.
What a nightmare this was. The Rent Way employee filed a false police report and according to what my public defender said, the manager more than likely either kept the furniture, resold it or gave it to friends.
I am writing a letter to the CEO of Rent a Center, which had already purchased this company when all of this took place. I hope I get a response, but from what I've viewed on here, I doubt I will.
I now have a criminal history and until recently I was on the Department of Corrections website.
I am not able to rent an apartment in any complex, I need to search out individuals and explain to them if they ask what happened. I pay more in security deposit because I was charged as a Felon. Real nice. I hope this Rent Way employee is having a great time with what he did to me and that he literally ruined my life. Thanks a Lot!!
Palm Harbor, Florida
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/14/2008 07:00 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Rent-Way-Now-Rent-A-Center/Winter-Park-Florida/Rent-Way-Now-Rent-A-Center-I-got-a-criminal-record-for-dealing-with-Rent-Way-Winter-Park-340335. 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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