• Report: #1108722

Complaint Review: The Gossip Gyspy

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  • Submitted: Fri, December 20, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, December 28, 2013

  • Reported By: WritersWrath — northern CA California
The Gossip Gyspy
internet, British Columbia Canada

The Gossip Gyspy Brianne Patterson, the Gossip Gypsy Freelance Writers BEWARE! She does not pay! Vancouver BC Canada

*Author of original report: Lies and Forgiveness

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: This post goes against TOS!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I wrote for this site briefly and was paid

*General Comment: Possible impersonation

*General Comment: False report.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: False rip-off report

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I signed on to write for her gossip site, The Gossip Gypsy.  She offered me a really great rate of pay, but I had to agree to write for free for 2 weeks---new writers NEVER agree to do this--EVER.  It sends the wrong message and I shouldn't have done it, either, but I was dazzled by the chance to earn what she was offering.  Despite my experience, and despite my instincts, I agreed to her terms of writing for free for two weeks.

When my 2 weeks were almost over, I sent her a standard contract that no freelancer should ever work without, and no client should ever hire a freelancer without.  

I should have known something was up when The Gossip Gypsy refused to tell me the name of the site.  A full week passed before she let me know what site I was writing for, probably because she didn't want anyone to research whether or not she was on the level.  As it happens, she isn't.  I didn't know her real name, either, probably for the same reason---she didn't want me to research her to see if she was a scam artist.

When I asked the name of the site, she said she needed to keep it quiet awhile to build it up, which made no sense at all.  I asked if it was even online yet, or if the site was still being built.  She finally revealed it was the Gossip Gypsy site, which was a site I'd never heard of.  I checked the site on Alexa, and that site had never heard of her, either.

Immediately, she wanted to get out of paying me because she had "so many people on staff".  Last I checked, she had me and 2 other writers, one of which quit shortly after I got hired---probably because she didn't get paid either.  The Gossip Gypsy asked if I would be willing to write for an "internship" for 3 months.  I've paid my dues with internships, I'm a paid professional so I told her I would not and why.  She said "the least she could do" was pay me for the work I'd already submitted only her next pay period came and went and no money was put in my Paypal account.

I then invoiced her for all submitted work, whether published or not.  She couldn't understand where I got the dollar amount listed, despite the invoice being detailed and itemized.  She then said she was severing all ties with me, as if I were ripping her off when it was the other way around.

She severed ties by not agreeing to pay what she offered, and by not being honest about the pay she originally offered.  What that tells me is that there never WAS a salary, she never had any intention of paying me anything, and she has no writers for her site at all, probably because she ripped them off, too, and they all quit.

I  wanted to expose her and found this Ripoff Report site and it looks like I'm not the only person she's lied to.  Interestingly, the issue in the other report has to do with Kelly Clarkson.  The Gossip Gypsy is only capable of writing about Kelly for some reason.  A visitor to the site can bet that if there is anything written about any other celebrity, it was written by some other writer who didn't get paid.  The only things the Gossip Gypsy writes herself are about Kelly.

In other news, the Gossip Gypsy changes articles.  I have gone through my things that were published and found her own errors where the work had been perfect before.  She doesn't even have writing skills to match the people she hires, and then she goes through what they give her and changes things.  It's just as well she puts everything in her own name on her site because I don't want my name anywhere near the mistakes she added to my work!

She lies, cheats, and steals.  Do NOT work for her.  If you learn she's hired you---RUN!

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#1 Author of original report

Lies and Forgiveness

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Brianne, I forgive you for making false reports about me.  You know in your heart I have told the truth, and you know in your heart I have proof to back what I have said.  You also know I am not guilty of the terrible lies you have posted.

i don't know why you are so dishonest and spiteful, but I hope your life is full of light.

Go in peace.

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#2 REBUTTAL Individual responds

This post goes against TOS!

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Please remove this post.  It contains false information, which can be proven quite easily, therefore, goes against the very Terms Of Service of this web site.  For the Ripoff Report to allow it to remain is contradictory to the rules the web site has created.

The named individual has never done anything of which she has been accused. 

This matter should be closed now and for anyone to keep it going in any capacity is just engaging in cyber terrorism, which is illegal in any country.

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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I wrote for this site briefly and was paid

AUTHOR: Ella V. - ()

It's sad to see how many people (though I do believe it to be only one person) seemingly have it out for this girl. I wrote for this web site and was paid per article. I find it hard to believe this "rip off report" is legitimate considering whoever filed it has no evidence to even back-up their claims. Get a life.

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#4 General Comment

Possible impersonation

AUTHOR: Writer - ()

Shawna McGregor-King of celebdirtylaundry.com is being impersonated and claiming to have written for several other sites including Pinkisthenewblog, Radar Online, The Gossip Gypsy, Perez Hilton and other celebrity blogs.

The only individual by the name of Shawna McGregor-King that is real, is that of the one who writes for CDL.

If you see any other individuals using this name and sending resumes wanting to write for your site, beware that this individual may be someone who has merely taken on Shawna's identity.

It is widely known that one person and one person only has ever written for The Gossip Gypsy.

Don't buy into this false ripoff report or any of the others that Shawna has posted about on the web over the years.

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#5 General Comment

False report.

AUTHOR: Writer - ()

I can attest to this being a false report as this is a report that, word for word, appeared on another site approximatley 3 years ago, in relation to a completely different site, and was written by Shawna McGregor-King.

Shawna is a self described "freelance" writer. She trolls Craigslist and other online job boards and looks for websites/blogs to write for, then purposely picks out the ones who are hiring for free. She sends you a plaguarized resume and sadly some individuals have been stupid enough to "hire" this woman. 

After 2 or 3 weeks of writing for your site, Shawna then sends you a PayPal invoice for anywhere from $900 to $1,500. She then files false rip-off reports via this site in attempt to sabotage the websites. Beware of Shawna McGregor-King.

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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

False rip-off report


It is easy to figure out who is behind writing this false rip-off report. Hint: HB.  Do you really expect anyone to believe an "experienced" freelance writer would actually write for a site that no one has ever heard of, according to you? At least come up with a better lie!

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