• Report: #409156

Complaint Review: Schmidt & Associates Aka Kirby

  • Submitted: Wed, January 07, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, January 28, 2009

  • Reported By:port wentowrth Georgia
Schmidt & Associates Aka Kirby
5009 Ogeechee Rd Savnannah, Georgia U.S.A.

Schmidt & Associates Aka Kirby Kirby still getting away with imorally selling vacuums Savnannah Georgia

*Author of original report: Schmidt & Associates

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*Consumer Comment: Not all Kirby Dealers Are Scum

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I will start from the beginning about how i was suckered into working for Schmidt & Associates aka "Independant Kirby Distributor." I had just moved to Georgia and was desperately looking for a job. I responded to an ad on craigslist for carpet cleaning guranteed $350 a wk. So i called the number and was immediately scheduled for an interview that day.

I showed up to a horribly smelling and decorated building and was greeted by a man in a suit that was way too big for him. He introduced himself as Tony and said he was in charge of hiring. Tony gave me a application and interviewed me when i finished filling it out. It was about an hour long interview where Tony mainly talked about being left by his wife and how much money he made. I thought it was a little strange considering his cloths didnt fit and his office was discusting but i kept listening. He told me the job would be just demonstrating the Kirby Vacuum to people who had called in and scheduled appointments. If i demonstrated for 15 people a wk i would recieve $350 a wk and if the customer bought the Kirby i would make an additional $350 per sale. I was also told i needed to ride around in the van with other Independant Kirby dealers for my first 2 wks to train and then i would go to the appointments on my own and make my own hrs. Needless to say thats not how it worked at all.

After completing 3 days of non paid training i was put into a van with the owners brother Kenny Schmidt who was also a Distributor in Kentucky but was helping his brother out. I was told he had appointments for us and i would get three demos in that day. By 1am i had done 1 demo and it turned out there were no appointments that it was a door to door sale pitch. I watched other dealers lie and trick their way in doors and tell people how fiflthy their house was and degrade them for not wanting to spend 2500 on a vacuum. I was ready to quit but i needed a job.

While other dealers were being dropped off in neighborhoods for hrs to knock doors i was left in the Van with Kenny. Not only was i not getting demos i was also being sexually harassed. He left to go back to Kentucky and i thought things would be better at the job but it didnt. We were forced to go to meetings every morning. We were never allowed to go out on our own and we would work from 9am to 10, 11 sometimes 1am. I had sales and demos stolen from me. I was promised to be paid for them and in the 30days, countless hrs and 5 sales i was only paid $300 dollars.

I was never paid the money i was owed, I was sexually harassed, I had sales stolen from me, and was yelled at because i was not willing to compromise my morals to make a sale. When i resigned i filed a complaint with the EEOC but they were unable to investigate because Kirby claims we are idependant dealers. Any of you who have fallen for their scam are well aware of the fact that at no time were we independant dealers. I am now going to the media and filing a personal suit against Kirby and Schmidt & Associates and Kenny Schmidt.

I just want to warn anyone who is thinking about working for Kirby or letting one of their dealers into your homes against it.

Jaime
port wentowrth, Georgia
U.S.A.

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

I would also just like to inform women not to let Kenny Schmidt into your house. He will not only try to make you buy a $2500 vacuum he will also make a fool out of himself hitting on you and offering you a better deal on the Kirby if you have sex with him.
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AUTHOR: Jaime - (U.S.A.)

I am glad you had a good experience with Kirby. There may be one or two good distributors out there but if you read more comments on here you will find so many more stories of bad distributors. They do the same bad business and teach the same immoral values so all i'm saying is they must be taught it somewhere that they are not just Independant Distributors of Kirby. They were taught this behavior and it should not be tolerated. I'm not telling anyone not to buy a Kirby. I'm telling people not to buy them from a dealer. You will be overcharged and it takes up half your day to purchase one. You can buy online for a quarter of the price. We should be able to go into a store and buy one without letting liars into our house that will tell us we are dirty and wrong for not purchasing it. You have a good point that Kirby does business just like used car sales people. We expect it from them and i'm just informing the public to expect it from a Kirby dealer also.
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Not all Kirby Dealers Are Scum

AUTHOR: Brian Kimmey - (U.S.A.)

I feel for your situation and it's scum like this that give the sales profession a bad name. The only thing that I wanted to comment on is your statement of never to buy from Kirby or to go to work for them because it is Kirby itself that is the bad guy. Although I do believe that Kirby should take a stand against these pigs and bring them to justice, it doesn't sound like they are the bad guys in this situation. I worked for Kirby for about a year and went to several Kirby sponsored meetings and banquets. I was paid exactly what I was promised that I would be paid and was treated very well in the time that I worked for them. They are very high pressure and not upfront with their customers as to the REAL price of their machines but not anything any different from what a used car salesman would do. I have owned 2 Kirby machines in 20 years and am now looking for a 3rd. If I needed employment I would not hesitate to go back to work for Kirby in a heartbeat. Just because you have a bad encounter in one town with one manager that doesn't make the whole company bad or mean that is the way it is everywhere. Just food for thought!!!
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