• Report: #936787

Complaint Review: 'Vintage' formerly 'Vintage Mid Mod & Vino

  • Submitted: Tue, September 04, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, November 29, 2012

  • Reported By: Stella — des moines Iowa U.S.A.
'Vintage' formerly 'Vintage Mid Mod & Vino
500 E. Locust, 6th Floor Des Moines, Iowa United States of America

'Vintage' formerly 'Vintage Mid Mod & Vino Vintage Mid Mod & Vino; Salvage Studio Midwest; Todd Von Stein, Todd Vonstein, Todd Bon Stein; Todd M. Von Stein/Vonstein; Todd Michael Von Stein/Vonstein; PRG, Designsmith; Designshoppe Beware of Todd Von Stein who is running 'Vintage' in Des Moines' East Village Des Moines, Iowa

*Consumer Comment: It's true

*Author of original report: Comment

*Consumer Comment: VonStein is affiliated with another vintage vendor

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It has been brought to my attention that the documented abuser, thief and con man Todd Von Stein has changed the name of 'Vintage Mid Mod & Vino' to 'Vintage' in East Village in Des Moines Iowa.  Todd Von Stein has managed many businesses and has successfully ran all of them into the ground. 

Todd Von Stein managed a heating & cooling business, embezzled $140k over the course of one year and spent time in prison.  Upon release from prison Todd Von Stein then lied, conned and manipulated a women into opening a business which Todd managed, causing her personal and professional bankruptcy (Designstreet = bankrupt).  Todd Von Stein then lied, conned and manipulated another woman into opening a business and subsequently caused her personal and professional bankruptcy (Design Shoppe & Designsmith = bankrupt).  Todd Von Stein conned at least one female employee out of $15,000 and just failed to pay others thousands of dollars for their services. [continued below]....

Todd is successful at conning women, controlling them and getting them to part with their money and now Mr. Von Stein is running Vintage in East Village in Des Moines Iowa.  Perhaps this business will be successful, but knowing what a walking financial disaster Todd Von Stein is, many of us doubt it.

Can people change?  Sometimes.  The term 'SOCIOPATH' comes to mind for many when the name Todd Von Stein is mentioned.  I'm not a psychiatrists by any means, but here are some definition of 'sociopath' and how Todd Von Stein may very well be one (click on link below)

Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you feel used by this person?
Does he often appeal to pity? Does he seem to try to make you feel sorry for him? (Todd Von Stein is always a victim)
Does he lie and deceive you?  (Todd Von Stein has a history of lying and deceiving people)
Does he make you feel worried? Does he do it obviously or more cleverly and sneakily? (Todd Von Stein is very controlling subtly in some cases)
Does he tend to take from you and not give back much? (Todd Von Stein has probably stolen, embezzled and not paid upwards of $300,000 to dozens and dozens of people)
Does he use a lot of flattery? Does he interact with you in a way that makes you feel flattered even
if he says nothing overtly complimentary? (Todd Von Stein puts women down, then builds them up to control them)

I like Martha Stout's (author of The Sociopath Next Door) way of detecting sociopaths. She wrote: "If ... you find yourself often pitying someone who consistently hurts you or other people, and who actively campaigns for your sympathy, the chances are close to one hundred percent that you are dealing with a sociopath."  (Again, Todd Von Stein is always the victim)

Can or has Todd Von Stein changed?  Probably not in my opinion.  He's been stealing money for at least a few decades, why would he stop now?  Todd Von Stein is parasitic (another definition of a sociopath) in that he has no financial resources of his own and needs a woman to control and provide him resources to live.  Todd Von Stein has a history of stealing, check kiting and forging names.  Does the real owner of Vintage know what Todd Von Stein spends his money on?  Who is overseeing the bookkeeping?  Where is the company checkbook?  Does she feel like Todd is not being completely truthful?  Are there any inconsistencies with what he tells her?  Is Todd Von Stein making her pay HIS child support too?  Does her gut tell her something just isn't right with Todd Von Stein? 

Todd Von Stein has left a wake of financial harm to dozens of people and has stolen upwards of $300,000 from them, $10k here...$15k there and most don't take him to court.  Why would Todd Von Stein suddenly change now?  What will you be changing your business name to now Todd?

It's not slander if it's the truth!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/04/2012 03:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Vintage-formerly-Vintage-Mid-Mod-Vino/Des-Moines-Iowa-50309/Vintage-formerly-Vintage-Mid-Mod-Vino-Vintage-Mid-Mod-Vino-Salvage-Studio-Midwest-936787. 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 Consumer Comment

It's true

AUTHOR: scott - (United States of America)

If anyone has any doubts about the veracity of this report, let me describe the view I have from my window. He was convicted of embezzlement from Morrell Heating and Cooling. I am currently looking out at the former location of this business. They struggled for several years after this crime occurred. Now, because of this crime, their lot is empty, the land and building has been repossessed by the bank (and is up for sale) and the owner has lost many thousands of dollars (in addition to the money stolen from him) because of this POS!
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AUTHOR: Lala197 - (U.S.A.)

I appreciate all of your comments and updates on Todd Von Stein and yes, that is the same women affiliated with 'Vintage' or 'Vintage Mid Mod & Vino' or whatever Todd is calling his business now.  I'm aware that she knows about Todd's past, yet made the decision to back him financially.  Sad.  He'll figure out a way to cause her bankruptcy and others financial hardship or ruin because that is what Todd is successful at.  She's old enough to know better and I guess she'll have to learn the hard way.  I did some digging and found it was her to came up with bail money when Todd Von Stein was arrested for domestic abuse last winter.  Shame on her for supporting an abusive man!  Todd Von Stein doesn't care about people and when she is no longer financially useful to him, he'll cast her aside. 

People like Todd Von Stein don't change so I wonder why she feels she will be the exception?  One commenter posted "The Devil Can Site Scripture For His Own Purpose" regarding Todd.  Evil people don't have horns and tails, but evil people do indeed exist!
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#3 Consumer Comment

VonStein is affiliated with another vintage vendor

AUTHOR: Believer77 - (USA)

Todd Vonstein is showing up at venues with a new vendor (female) whose business name is Whittledottles out of Humeston, Iowa. He regularly shows up at markets with this female, under her business name. I wish women and other business persons would take heed; it is hard to watch another woman eventually go under and go under she will. How many more people is he going to hurt and financially ruin before he is stopped and justice is served?
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