June 8, 2002: Responded to post card advertisement from Vending Express, Inc. July 29, 2002: Received info. packet which involved the investment into (3) Interactive Sports Vending Machines costing $3,635.50.
July 25, 2002: FedEx to Clint Maynard d/b/a Vending Express Inc my personal check #2696 post dated for August 6, 2002 in the amount of $3,635.50 along with the required signed agreement and invoice.
September 7, 2002: After speaking with Clint Maynard on three (3) prior occassions whereby I was told different stories that the machines are coming and not to worry I informed him that I would take legal action.
September 9, 2002: Received a call from Clint Maynard expressing to me that I did not have to resort to the legal process and that he had sent me a letter dated September 5, 2002 explaining another story about the deposit of funds and proposed delivery of machines.
September 24, 2002: Filed Complaint #815084 with the BBB of Canton. October 10, 2002: Received E-Mail letter from Diana Hickle of the BBB of Canton informing me of first contact effort to Clint Maynard.
October 15, 2002: Received second E-Mail from Diana Hickle explaining that they would give Clint Maynard until October 24, 2002 to respond to their second request letter.October 24, 2002: Received letters from Diana Hickle of the BBB of Canton explaining that they were not able to resolve my dispute and gave a copy to me of their letter dated October 24, 2002 which was sent to Clint Maynard.
October 28, 2002: Received E-Mail notice from Diana Hickle stating that Vending Express is no longer in business per Clint Maynard and that the three (3) vending machines would be delivered to me within the week. Oh! he apologizes for the mess (his words)and is trying to make things right.
November 15, 2002: Filed a letter of complaint with the State of West Virginia, Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, C/O William L. Shamblin, Mediator, P.O. Box 1789, Charleston, West Virginia 25326-1789
March 31, 2003: Received the last of three letters from Norman Googel, Assistant Attorney General of the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General explaing to me that Mr. Bill Shamblin, the mediator, did receive a call from Clint Maynard whereby he gave various excuses for not shipping the vending machines but has not responded in writing. Mr. Google went on to explain to me that his office would not be able to take any further action on this complaint and that they were closing the file.
Unfortunately I used the funds for this investment from my 401K and I realize alot of time has gone by but, I just stumbled across the BadBusinessBureau web site and I hope that there may be a way to retrieve the $3,635.50 and to expose Clint Maynard for what he is. A Piece of Sh..!
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