• Report: #814935
Complaint Review:

Sandra and Christopher Kanieski

  • Submitted: Wed, December 28, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, June 27, 2012

  • Reported By: scam employees — Cleveland Ohio United States of America
Sandra and Christopher Kanieski
Streetsboro, Burton and Chesterland Ohio Streetsboro, Burton, Chesterland, Ohio United States of America
  • Phone: 216-952-5439 and 216-308-
  • Web:
  • Category: Dance Clubs

Sandra and Christopher Kanieski Sandy and Chris Experienced Scam Artists, mother and son duo.30 years of scamming and ripping off their employees, vendors even their own family. Streetsboro, Burton, Chesterland, Ohio

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Same old story

*General Comment: Similiar experience

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Well I would first like to say that I have been in the entertainment business all my life. Never in all my years have I met any "business owners" Like the 2 people listed on this report. I am a hard worker and I know what it takes to run a successful legal business.

When I started work for the Kanieski's I was hired at their location in Streetsboro, Ohio. I live fairly close to their business, so the idea of me starting work close to home was perfect considering I was traveling an hour to get to the job I worked prior to me starting work for the Kanieski's.

When started work for the Kanieski's I was asked to start at their other location in Burton, Ohio at the "Iron Horse Saloon". The day I started I knew the place was completely beneath my standards. With hope that I would start at the location I originally applied at, I stuck it out for a couple months. The first day I started I could not believe how filthy the place was, from the smell from the food, no hand washing prior to handling food, bugs in the liquor and poor personal hygiene of the owners had me really concerned about the health and safety of the patrons. During my time at the Iron Horse Saloon I observed spoiled food being sold for overpriced amounts, bug spray used around the food, Sandra usually did all the cooking on the grill I've seen her blowing her nose and handling food without washing her hands. The restaurant area was on the outside of the building there was no electricity the place was ran on generators, at night the generators would shut off, the next morning when they reopened at 11am they would turn them back on and the smell from the refrigerator would make anyone sick.

One day I went into work, I was off the day before so when I got there the place was a complete wreck. I went into the kitchen area and there was water in the sink with hundreds of dead fleas and dog hair. The day before Sandra brought her dogs into work with her and Christopher bathe and groomed the dogs in the same area where the food is prepped and dishes are washed. 

When I started at the Iron Horse Saloon there was 6 other people working there. Slowly but surely they were all fired or quit because of nonpayment for their services. I started bringing in my own friends and family members to help out under the conditions they got paid the same day. I can remember receiving phone calls from previous employees and venders requesting payments for services rendered. I was told to take messages for Christopher and Sandra but I never seen them return any calls.

After 3 weeks of working there I began questioning Sandra about my pay. I received a cash advance for $300 which "cash advance" was her words but in reality it was a fraction of the money that was already owed to me for hours I had already worked. I was supposed to receive an actual paycheck but due to an agreement between Sandra and myself, she was supposed to pay me in cash every 2 weeks.( BIG MISTAKE )Needless to say me receiving a paycheck every 2 weeks DID NOT HAPPEN! Weeks went past I was still working at the Iron Horse Saloon making anywhere from $2.00 a day in tips to $20.00 a day in tips for 7 to 12 hours of work. Still holding on to starting at the Arena in Streetsboro on a consistent basis I continued to stick it out.

 Towards the end of the summer the Iron Horses business died down so my hours were cut there and business at the Arena started to pick up. I was promoted, well I guess you can call it promoted  to the "manager" at the Arena, which included scheduling employees for open nights,cash handling, cleaning, running the bar pretty much doing everything that Chris and Sandy did not want to do. I came in on days off to clean, I set up appointments to met with entertainers and promoters to host events at the Arena. I put many hours in and bent over backwards for Sandra and Christopher. I always do my job to the fullest also at this time I was owed so much money from them I knew if I walked away that I would never receive a dime.
After working MANY events and putting in long hours. I put together a Pride night on Wednesday nights. Like any weekly event it started off slow but eventually started to pick up. I was working one night and Christopher asked where does everyone in my area goes to hang out because he couldn't understand why business was not picking up on other nights. I told him there is a bar out by me called "The Big Dog Saloon" that is well establish and everyone goes there. He told me to get them shut down. I was at a lost, he told me to find out what their capacity is and continuously call the fire department on them. He said that eventually the city will get tired of coming out and fining her and they would shut her down. I could not believe that someone would be so greedy to try and shut someone else's business down because of greed.

A few more weeks go by and I could feel that something was going on behind my back. I would come into work and you could feel the tension. The last day I worked there was on Wednesday November 9th. When I got to work I seen some people there that I had never seen before. I was greeted by a man that asked me who I was I told him my name and said that I was the manager. He introduced himself to me as the "new manager". I was confused about his introduction because I knew nothing about the soon to be new changes. Him and I got to talking and he told me that there were going to be changes to how the Arena being ran and the type of events that were being held there. He said he worked for the company prior to Sandy and Chris taking over ownership. He said the Arena has always catered to a country music listener crowd and that the (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE)))and (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE)))events are coming to an end. He said that Sandra and Christopher hired him to turn the Arena back into a country bar and he was hiring all new staff. Blown away by his comments I was speechless. I continued my night there and went home. I was supposed to work the following Saturday night when I text Christopher asking what time he had me on the scheduled I was told he took me off the schedule.

I have contacted Christopher and Sandra on several occasions regarding my pay that is owed to me via phone, text and emails. I even went to the Arena and when I asked to speak to Sandra they had me escorted off the property.
Every day I worked I filled out a time card which in every other business that's the protocol. At the end of the week the time cards were collected by Sandra. She has all of my time cards and records of my employment there. She refuses to pay me the money owed to me for all my hours.

She knows I have children and a family to support and continues to keep my money.

There are so many rip off reports on the internet about these 2 people. Also if you search their names under public records for different cities surround the Cleveland area you will see all of the venders and different people that are suing them for unpaid services. Sandra did 4 years in prison for ripping off more than $600,000 from hard working people in an investment scam. I am sure that she learned how to cover her tracts as far as my situation is concerned while she was serving time for ripping off honest hard working people. Also there while working at the Iron Horse Saloon I had many customers telling me about an incident that occurred there prior to my employment there that involved Christopher and a young woman that worked there. There where rape allegations against Christopher. Right after hearing that there were 2 employees at the Iron Horse that observed Christopher taking pictures of up my shorts while I was letting down mini blinds at the Iron Horse.

Also during my employment there I was told by an employee to take pictures of my time cards with my phone so I had record of my hours. I printed off a copies of the pictures I took. One night I left there at 4am and forgot my phone. When I went in my phone to show my lawyer the pictures of my time cards they were mysteriously missing out of my phone. I am sure Christopher erased them because they knew that I would never get paid.

I can go on for days about the scandalousness of these 2 people. If you are reading this is either you are about to get scammed or you have been scammed or you are Chris or Sandy reading on of the MANY rip off report posted on here. I was very detailed about everything so Chris and Sandy you know who wrote this. I hope you stop ripping people off because sooner or later it's going to catch up to you.

They ripped of their family when Sandra's mother pasted away and Sandra also ripped of her mother right before she put her in a nursing home. Sandra has a daughter that has nothing to do with her because of her selfish scandalous ways. One day all of their scams will catch up to them and they will answer for all the families they've taken from. Before you get robbed get out while you can. You will end up like me and everyone else they have robbed blind.

Sandra and Chris if you are reading this, my address and phone number remains the same can you please contact me about my pay. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Same old story

AUTHOR: Cricket - (USA)

 I too worked for this duo. 1993 sandusky Ohio .. I worked at cedar point in the computer room during the day.. and picked up hours at Club coconuts bar for chris and his mother ... as a 23yr old, it Started out great hit women all over the place they had a wet tee shirt contest every Wednesday that turned into a topless contest most nights .. for the first prize .. a trip to the Bahamas.. which I'm sure was a scam.. But there was always chris bringing underage girls in.. and him hooking them up with drinks.. I was young and naive I noticed they were not taking our taxes out of my checks.. so I gave info sandy to make sure they withheld taxes so I didn't get in trouble at the end of the year owning money,.. the first check or two there was an amount withheld... but the ssn# was 000-00-0000 After a few checks they got it corrected.. I'm sure that money just went to chris and or sandys pocket now in hind site. They ran a sister club down town for the alternative rockers called club rude. They were there the 2 happening bars in sandusky in 93 But chris and Sandra were very sneaky and vendors were not getting paid even back then.. I came to work one night and a new bartender was working there and asked who I was... I gave him my name and said I was a Bartender tonight.. and he said No.. chris just hired me So I was out .. I had to find a drunk chris And he said because he heard that I had served his under aged ex-girlfriend liquor. Which I had not but it Is what it is... I am glad I got out before he screwed ne out of a ton of money.

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AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

I am sorry to hear about this story. I have had a very bad experience with these people too. If you have a chance to call me someday please do. I am considerng a class action law suit and am trying to locate others such as yourself that have legitimate grounds to seek recovery of ou money. Cell phone: 4405377044
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