• Report: #635779

Complaint Review: Urban Development Solutions

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  • Submitted: Mon, August 30, 2010
  • Updated: Fri, January 06, 2012

  • Reported By: Laura — Atlanta Georgia United States of America
Urban Development Solutions
Nationwide United States of America

Urban Development Solutions Ultimate Unity Inc. Manipulating and Devastating the Urban Youth of America one individual at a time Nationwide, Nationwide

*UPDATE Employee: you get out what you put in it!!!!!!!!!!

*Consumer Comment: Untrue.

*Author of original report: my sister still works for you

*UPDATE Employee: Issue Resolved

*Author of original report: BLAMING AND FASLEY ACCUSING YOUNG ADULT EMPLOYEES

*Author of original report: cover yourself

*UPDATE Employee: Urban Development Solutions Testimonial Page!!

*UPDATE Employee: Your"sister" Jalisa Is not employed by Urban Development Solutions

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To begin my story I must first describe my sister to you. She is a beautiful young adult woman in her early 20's with minimal direction. Urban Development recruiters picked up on this and used it to their advantage. My sister was told that she will travel across the U.S. selling magazines door-to-door. I was not too fond of the idea but she reassured me that it was a great company. As time went on things started to go down hill. Now the whole moto to this company is to raise up our Urban youth. They train these individuals to lie and cheat their way through life. They are given a script that describes the poor upbringing they came from and if it is a woman, she mentions her children she is trying to support. Before i go further, my sister does not have children, but she is suppose to lie and feed this script to vulnerable and caring Americans. The remainder of the script tells of the 50% cut the actual individual recieves from the sale. Again, my sister only gets 29% These are just the lies they train her to tell people to gain sales from sob-stories.


To further the horrible experience, Urban Development drives her across country. She is exposed to criminals of various degrees. I found out that one of their salesmen actually broke into someones home (found via internet.) She lives hotel, to hotel with people who do illegal drugs, drink, party and have sex. She is suppose to be working and she is now pregant. I cant see how in anyway this comapany is making her life better. These "managers" let her feel abondoned and alone, afraid to come home. She walks street corners and if she doesnt make her sales quota, she can't eat. She risks the possibility of going to jail daily because this company doesnt not have the proper permits to do door-to-door sales in any state in the US. My sister actually got a solicitation fine. Do you think Urban Development is going to pay for it? What does this sound like to you???? Can we say pimping. The last time I checked pimping and solicitaion are illegal.


She no longer wants to sell magazines (b/c she no longer wants to lie), if she tells customers the truth about the company and that it is a scam, there are consequences. She is afraid they will abandon her in whatever town their in.


If I had the money to get my sister home today, I would without a second thought. She is now pregant by one of her managers, hungry, and they are still making her walk around the streets trying to sell magazines. The company assured her when she first was hired that when she was ready to leave they would send her home. That is not the case. I even wired her money and they wont even drive her to go pick it up because she hasn't made any sales. I just want her to come home.


If any of you meet some of these salesmen, the company is exploiting these individuals, feeding them and you, a LOAD of BS!!!!!! She feels as if she owes them something. Her mind has been brainwashed, and i can't see how any of these experiences are preparing her for a brighter future.


For consumers: please do a search on the comany and read various rip-off reports. There is so much criminal activity, it dont understand how they haven't brought the owner down. If you consider or recently bought magazines, internet reports show that the magazines do not arrive on time if at all. They sell you one magazine to send you a different one than ordered. Please do your research on this company and please pray for my sister that I can get her and my future niece or nephew home safely.


God Bless 


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#1 UPDATE Employee

you get out what you put in it!!!!!!!!!!

AUTHOR: j. - (United States of America)

I'm a former employee of urband development solutions, and i am soooo tired of people slandering the ceo and company..... whatever your sister got out of it is what she put into it.... and whatever she is being exposed to is what she wants to do.... just as in college. and in life!!!! they're are all kinds of people everywhere, drugs, sex, etc. it's up the individual to particapate in those things... please take responsibility for you your own actions and stop blaming others!!please.... and as far as being held against her will, thats a lie... not paying for her ticket home????? that's a lie.. they paid for mines, food, clothes, room and board, and much more,,,, curtiousity of the CEO!!!!! if she didn't come home it's caues she didn't want to, please believe!!! cause if you're not even making your quote to carry yourself,,, the company is paying for everything!!! and it's no way he's gonna let you starve... please... he's a godly man, and i experienced that first hand.... he attends church, and even takes employee out for dinner afterwards.. so please,, stop with all the lies!!!!!!!! please....for more info or anyhing feel free to contact me  at ldavis148@gmail.com
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#2 Consumer Comment

Untrue.

AUTHOR: Dominique83 - (United States of America)

Sorry to say. But Urban Development is not about sex, drugs, or illegal doing. They travel from state to state staying in hotels and going door to door selling magazines.

Firstly, each agent is required to write their own speech for the customers they are to sell to. If your sister said she had kids, it's because she wanted to, and thought of it herself.

Secondly, the man running that business will not let anyone go hungry or walk the corners if he knew about it, if worst came to worst, he would either give the agents a loan for the time being or send them home because, obviously, they aren't doing their job.

Thirdly, if for any reason, regarding the business, any of the agents go to jail, the owner would bail them out. If she was in jail for some of her own doing, he would not because he does not support drugs or sex and does his best to do what's right.

Maybe you misheard your sister or something but these facts just don't add up. Have a blessed day, ma'am.
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#3 Author of original report

my sister still works for you

AUTHOR: Laura - (USA)

no it has not been resolved my sister is still workin for you as of today i dont know who you think my sister is but it"s not whoever that girl is you were talking about
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Issue Resolved

AUTHOR: Ultimate Unity - (United States of America)

Our stance on this issue has been covered in a previous statement. We have no further comments. Your issue has been resolved. Your sister is no longer employed with our Company. Have a fantastic day.
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#5 Author of original report

BLAMING AND FASLEY ACCUSING YOUNG ADULT EMPLOYEES

AUTHOR: Laura - (USA)

AND POINTING BALME AND PUTTING UR EMPLOYEES PRIVATE INFORMATION OUT WHEN U DNT EVEN KNOW WHO MY SISTER IS IS NOT MAKING ME THINK ANY BETTER OF YOUR COMPANY WHAT IF I WAS A RAPEST LOOKING FOR JALISA DILLARD THEN U WOULD BE PUTTING HER LIFE IN DANGER NEXT TIME FIND OUT WHO MY SISTER IS BEFORE U PUT OTHER YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS NAME OVER THE INTERNET
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#6 Author of original report

cover yourself

AUTHOR: Laura - (USA)

I am not sure what you feel to prove. I never mentioned my sisters name. And yes when you emailed me there was no sort of explination what so ever. the first bit of explination i got was here on rip-off report. The email i recieved was someone trying to figure out who my sister was, which is not the point. The point is, we here lots of stories about women who feel they can not leave there situations (i.e. battered womans syndrome) we find out how these women have families that they never reached out to. Why would she, when her manager is sleeping with her and getting her pregnant? The overall environment that these youths are put in doesnt not allow them to leave their past behind. They leave one vital situation and enter into another. The many complaints from customers (not listed on your "official web site") say otherwise. I still warn people of doing business with this company and for young people to stay away as well. I understand it is protocol to list names and put the blame on other people. The point still stands that these young adults are still exposed to the elements they were suppose to leave behind. I pray that your company stops expoiting young people and learns better ethics. Consumers are welcome to do a search on the company and find lots of valuable info like i did. When i read the complaints on various BBB across the country and other consumer reports, the complaints were the same. That doesnt change, even though your story does.

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#7 UPDATE Employee

Urban Development Solutions Testimonial Page!!

AUTHOR: Ultimate Unity - (United States of America)

You can find hundreds of testimonials from customers from around the country with nothing but glowing praises about the agents we have helped, the magazine subscriptions that they receive and the excitement that is felt when someone is seen excelling in life. http://www.urbands.com/testimonials.htm.
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#8 UPDATE Employee

Your"sister" Jalisa Is not employed by Urban Development Solutions

AUTHOR: Ultimate Unity - (United States of America)

Hello Laura

We received this letter from you on the 30th of August 2010 and this is our official response to your allegations. We responded to your email on the same day twice, requesting the name of your sister but we recieved no response from you. From our account, your sister's name is Jalisa. Jalisa is no longer employed by Urban Development Solutions. I was an eyewitness to 3 different attempts to relieve Jalisa of her position with our organization, but everytime that we were going to send her home, she would start to cry and become very upset because she said she had no home to come to. You said that you love your "sister" very much, if this is the case, why was she not excited to come to you as we offered on various occasions to pay for a bus ticket for her to leave? First fact. Second fact, you say Jalisa was around criminals? On several occasions, Jalisa was caught stealing cash orders as we received several letters from our customers alerting us to her unscrupulous behavior. Third fact. Jalisa was known to be involved in the use of illegal drugs. The CEO of Urban Development Solutions has a deep level of ethics and has a deep seated belief in giving everyone a second chance, including some people who have been rehabilitated in our penal system, depending on the crime committed, as we do not employ murderers, child molesters or anyone with a violent record. We provide room and board for a two week period to offer people an opportunity to experience a better life as to the life that they know. We've stayed at the Hilton just to name a few places, and I can assure you that all of the accommodations that are provided for our organization are a  minimum of a 3 star experience. Have you actually "seen" for yourself our training manual? Had you viewed this manual yourself, you would have seen that we do not train our sales agents to misconstrue any part of our sales program. Again, Jalisa is no longer employed with Urban Development Solutions because she did not take the second chance that she was given and utilize it to her benefit. Thank you
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