- Report: #1055860
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Complaint Review: Viridian Energy
Viridian Energy1055 Washington Blvd. Stamford, Connecticut USA
Viridian Energy Totally Scaming the "Green" Stamford Connecticut
*Author of original report: Where did Honest John go?
*Author of original report: More incorrect than correct
*Author of original report: No Breakage?
*General Comment: Correct and Incorrect
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If you think Crius Energy - Viridian Energy is a "green" company, think again. How can a company that sells natural gas from fracking sources be considered "green"? Perhaps they consider themselves "green" from all the money they withhold from their "Associates"?
As a matter of fact, Aprils 2013 monies owed, commissions, bonuses, or whatever you want to call it, which was due to be paid on May 10, 2013 was not paid to their Independent Sales Associates until May, 29, 2013. Even then... only as a guestimate of what is owed based on the past ninety days. Fact is, they simply don't know. Best part is, April's monies are really from February and March. Confused? Why would a reputable company want to confuse their Independent Sales Associates about money owed to them?
For one, Viridian claims that Associates are not Distributors, Franchisees, or Employees, but Independant Sales Associates.
The following is some of the primary factors the FTC and States use in assessing whether a business is in fact a franchise. If you can answer "YES" to the major three areas, your business could legally be a franchise.
Trademark Usage - Does the business require or permit ISA's (Independent Sales Associate) to use its trademark, service mark or other commercial symbols? Will the ISA sell products or services identified with Viridian's marks?
Control or Assistance - Does the business exercise control over the design or appearance of your business, business or marketing methods, advertising, type of customers, territory, establishing sales programs, training programs, management or personnel advice, operating manuals, standards and procedures manuals?
Payment of Franchise Fee - Does the cost of joining Viridian exceed $500? (varies by state, CT threshold is $200) Under the FTC Disclosure Rule, almost any payment made by the franchisee to the franchisor within the first six months of the relationship may be construed as a franchise fee. So in CT, which I'm a Viridian Associate... my enrollment fee was 1/2 price (interesting) at $199, not the normal $399. When you add the $19.99 per month for a website that allowed me to sign-up customers and fellow Associates in a timely manner, then I'm above the threshold. Any Associates that joined in the CT market at full price were over the threshold on day one.
Stay tuned if you require additional proof that Crius Energy and Viridian Energy do not uphold the common sense laws of being "green" nor the laws of the State in which they reside and conduct business. I will prove that Viridian Energy is not a legal Business Opportunity or Independent Contractor relationship, but that of a franchise and franchisee.
On a side note: Over the years I have learned an interesting correlation between a businesses leadership and their customer service. I've found that companies with a very high lever of customer service satisfaction always have a great leadership team in place. Companies that had horrible customer service also had horrible leadership. If you have ever dealt with Viridian's customer service, you know where I'm going on this one.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/03/2013 04:42 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Viridian-Energy/Stamford-Connecticut-06905/Viridian-Energy-Totally-Scaming-the-Green-Stamford-Connecticut-1055860. 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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