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Complaint Review: Simply The Best Entertainment

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  • Submitted: Sun, May 20, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, October 17, 2012

  • Reported By: Karen — Elk Grove California United States of America
Simply The Best Entertainment
Internet United States of America

Simply The Best Entertainment STB DJs Fraud, Scam Company, Swindlers, Deceptive Practices, Non-Payment of Bands & DJs Cotati, Internet

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My Stalker Is Thomas Schoenberger

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Eric Symons is not to be trusted. Simply the Best Entertainment Fraud

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I am Eric Symons

*Consumer Comment: Again Grow Up

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Leflar's post submitted to the DA

*Consumer Comment: To The Stalker

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Avoid Simplythebestentertainment.com

*Consumer Comment: Grow Up Loser

*Consumer Suggestion: Eric Symons looks stupid

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My Stalker Speaks Again!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My Stalker Speaks Again!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: SIMPLY THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT STEVE LeFLar

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My Stalker Speaks Again!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Rip Off Artist Thomas Schoenberger

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Avoid Simply The Best Entertainment

*Consumer Comment: Bull

*Consumer Suggestion: Steve Leflar Eric Symons

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I have been slandered by someone I do not even know!

*Consumer Comment: Swindler & Liar

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I worked briefly with Eric Symons & Steve LeFlar.  They book entertainment, then not pay them. I have seen the results of 2 court cases, and am aware of many more that have not been prosecuted yet. In those 2 cases, Associated Entertainment Associates (AEC) sued and won.

Symons books the entertainment, usually bands and DJs, and sometimes string trios and quartets, knowing LeFlar won't pay them. He get a commission from LeFlar. LeFlar signs the contracts, collects from the client, then doesn't pay the entertainment. LeFlar uses an alias, Steven McArthur, as people are finding out about him. Unrelated, I've also seen a ton of porn on his desktop computer.

He is also slandering his ex business partner on site like this. He owes his ex partner, and others (entertainers) over $200,000. Do NOT do business with Simply The Best Entertainment, aka STB DJs, aka Star Sounds Productions. It's all the same sleazy company run by the same sleazy 2 people. If you ever see "Steven McArthur", ask to see his I.D.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/20/2012 04:28 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Simply-The-Best-Entertainment/internet/Simply-The-Best-Entertainment-STB-DJs-Fraud-Scam-Company-Swindlers-Deceptive-Practices-885431. 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 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My Stalker Is Thomas Schoenberger

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

The idiot in Napa is Thomas Schoenbereger who is stalking me. I started my own company and am sick of Thomas dragging my good reputation through the mud. Here is what Gig Xifaras has to say about me, and note that in one of the posts above, Thomas is actually posting as me:

2 Dwight Road 

Burlingame CA 94010 

Phone: 650-348 7972 

Fax: 650-348-5629 

September 4, 2012 

Re:  Eric Symons 

Simply the Best Entertainment 

654 Lanyard Court 

Rohnert Park, CA 94928 



To whom it may concern, 

Our talent agency has partnered with Eric Symons for over ten years and during that time, has found him to be an honest and upstanding representative of talent in and around the Greater Bay Area. 

He is a man of his word, detailed in his contracting and dedicated to both his clients and the musicians and entertainers that he represents.

Working with his has been a pleasure and we look forward to a long lasting relationship.

In addition to his knowledge of the music industry from an agents standpoint, he is one of the most talented classical guitarists in the nation and is always our first call when it comes to classical music.

Best regards, 

Gig Xifaras 

Director of Operations 

GDX/rlm 

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Eric Symons is not to be trusted. Simply the Best Entertainment Fraud

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

No matter how he apologizes for ripping off Ron and others.
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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I am Eric Symons

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

I had no idea that Steve Leflar was ripping off the artists I booked. I made some money, and was told to "keep quiet" I am really sorry so many people were ripped off by our fraud. Maybe I need to get into another line of work People avoid me. They refuse to do business with me. I am really sorry for my dishonesty !!!
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#4 Consumer Comment

Again Grow Up

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

Grow Up Loser.



www.northbaye.net  www.stbdjs.com 
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#5 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Leflar's post submitted to the DA

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

Kier, Gig, Ron, Sheila, all on board
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#6 Consumer Comment

To The Stalker

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

Again Grow Up Loser. I'm glad you have nothing better to do than sit around making up garbage to post on the internet. See the criminal at www.northbaye.net & www.stbdjs.com Again Grow Up

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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Avoid Simplythebestentertainment.com

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

Steve Leflar is being investigated by at least one DA  So is Eric Lee Simons.
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#8 Consumer Comment

Grow Up Loser

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

Thomas once again  posts under somebody elses name.  Note Napa County

This loser needs to grow up..  www.northbaye.net  www.stbdjs.com    
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#9 Consumer Suggestion

Eric Symons looks stupid

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

If he had any brains, he would not be partners with Leflar, the true owner of Simply the Beat Entertainment
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#10 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My Stalker Speaks Again!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

Again the idiot in Napa speaks. Apparently he never heard of the spell check feature on this site!

I have a perfect record with my company and this is nothing but slander. Every post is under a different name, and without any accountability to the claims except for siting a small claims case in which I was not even involved, and it had nothing to do with my company.

I have a great standing with my clients and artists, and perhaps this is a jealous competitor, who knows!




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#11 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My Stalker Speaks Again!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

Again the idiot in Napa speaks. Apparently he never heard of the spell check feature on this site!

I have a perfect record with my company and this is nothing but slander. Every post is under a different name, and without any accountability to the claims except for siting a small claims case in which I was not even involved, and it had nothing to do with my company.

I have a great standing with my clients and artists, and perhaps this is a jealous competitor, who knows!







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#12 REBUTTAL Individual responds

SIMPLY THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT STEVE LeFLar

AUTHOR: Ron - (United States of America)

Its obvious that Steve LeFlar ias both a thief and a sociopath. The quwestion is if Simply the Best Entertainment is secretly owned by Steve LeFlar . I would be careful doing business with Simplty the Best Entertainment
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#13 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My Stalker Speaks Again!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

I am Eric Symons, and I founded Simply the Best Entertainment in 2010.

I am again being stalked and slandered by an idiot in Napa who is such a coward that the posts are done under a different name each time. My attorney advised me not to mention the name of this idiot.

My company has a perfect track record.

I worked both as an agent and musician in the past for a talent agency that had serious issues with paying performers, and I am owed as a musician a very large sum of money.

In founding my own company I have lived by strict rules:

1. I pay deposits to performers upon receipt from clients.
2. I pay the final amount upon receipt from clients.
3. I am very careful not to slander or say ill things about anyone in the business, including the idiot from Napa.

I hope that someday issues between my former employers are resolved. But I will not stand anymore for the childish games you see above, and I am pursuing every legal option available.

I also have a long list of clients and performers who will gladly refer me. My email is eric@simplythebestentertainment.com.

The idiot from Napa shows no proof of anything I have done wrong, and this individual needs to read the Complaint Wire Guidelines as a site like this is meant to protect the public, not be a bully pulpit for slander!

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#14 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Rip Off Artist Thomas Schoenberger

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

The post is actully from Thomas Schoenberger & Ron Israel. Between the two of them they owe the company over $327,000.00

See them both at www.northbaye.net
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#15 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Avoid Simply The Best Entertainment

AUTHOR: Gloria - (United States of America)

Star Sounds Productions / Simply The Best Entertainment (Steve LeFlar aka Steve McArthur & Eric Symons) secured the services of MANY bands and DJs and never paid them)  He also swindled Ron Israel out of $70,000 to "invest" in Star Sounds, only to shut it down, change the name to Simply The Best Entertainment and tell Ron to hit the road.

He also secured the services of Allegra Entertainment to provide expensive lighting for a concert by Chris Botti. LeFlar collected $20,000 and never paid Allegra for doing the work.

He ripped off Thomas Schoenberger for $150,000.  Many DJs and live bands have been ripped off by LeFlar & Symons.

LeFlar (so far) has lost 2 court cases for non payment of expensive live bands.

When Star Sounds got exposed, he changed the name to Simply The Best Entertainment and installed his employee, Eric Symons, and "owner" in order to hide his identity. He then went further by creating an alias, "Steve McArthur", for himself.

Do NOT do business with Simply The Best Entertainment, or any company that Steve LeFlar aka Steve McArthur is involved with.
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#16 Consumer Comment

Bull

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

The post is actully from Thomas SChoenberger & Ron Israel. Between the two of them they owe the company over $327,000.00

See them both at www.northbaye.net 
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#17 Consumer Suggestion

Steve Leflar Eric Symons

AUTHOR: Stephanie Leflar - (United States of America)

Steve Leflar and Eric Symons have a 5 year business association. Eric worked for Star Sounds productions for 5 years and named his company after Simply the Best, a band Steve Leflar had in the 1980's

To this day, Steve Leflar and Eric Symons do business, even though Eric denies knowing Steve and bad mouthes him to Gig, Thomas and me.
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#18 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I have been slandered by someone I do not even know!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

I am Eric Symons, sole owner of Simply the Best Entertainment in Cotati, CA: eric@simplythebestentertainment.com

I founded my business in 2010. I do not know a Mary in Elk Grove, and have never worked with someone named Mary for any of my past employers, and this poster shows no proof of any wrong-doing from my business. She does quote a law suit a former employer had with my good friend and colleague, Gig Xifaras of Associated Entertainment of Burlingame, CA. He is more than happy to give me the best of references for Simply The Best Entertainment, as we have worked together closely on numerous projects. I was never part of that law suit.

I think that this is clearly a case of cybor-stalking, and the poster is probably a competitor that wants my market share, and this is not the way to gain customers. Furthermore, any artist I have booked during the past two years has been paid promptly and most of the time pre-paid by me.

I am also a performing artist, and I have suffered from non-payment from past booking agencies to the amount of over $18,000, which at this point it looks like I will never see this money. This is why I am extremely upset over this post as in forming my own business; I never touch money for artists, period.

I even pay deposits to artists, which is rare for a booking company.

Mary needs to provide solid proof before defaming an honest business, and quit the slander!

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#19 Consumer Comment

Swindler & Liar

AUTHOR: Truth - (United States of America)

See the truth at www.northbaye.net 

The poster is actually Tghomas Schoenberger & Ron Israel.

Between the two, they owe us over $300,000.00

Ron Israel has been convicted of embezzlement and is facing jail.  See the evidence at the above website.

Aolso Google Thomas Schoenberger and Ron Israel Legendmakers

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