Report: #1383780

Complaint Review: American Cancer Society Florida

  • Submitted: Fri, July 07, 2017
  • Updated: Fri, July 07, 2017
  • Reported By: Riley — Palm Coast Florida USA
  • American Cancer Society Florida


American Cancer Society Florida American Cancer Society American Cancer Society Fla may have subjected fundraiser guest unknowingly using a caterer with a record of unsanitary food preparation. Boca Raton Nationwide

*Author of original report: Now receiving threatening phone calls to family and friends in response to Ripoff Reports

*Author of original report: Your silence is damning

*Author of original report: I was wrong, you do need to talk to an attorney

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This is not a complaint against your organization, more of a customer alert that you should be aware of as a customer of Saffer & Company, coupled with the fact that this company only recommends / uses two catering companies; which means this alert has a 50% chance of pertaining to you and your past / future employee & guests. 

Image a kitchen that is preparing your banquet meal. In this kitchen, image an employee going to the bathroom, having a bowl movement, flush the toilet, and then either, by not knowing, or just not having a functional sink and soap available, going back to work preparing your meal for your event with his/her bare hands.  If you read the “RipOff Report Crystal Bay Caterers Sam LoPiccolo Catering Concerning Health Inspection report - consistent violations and fines and fines going back to 2012 Boca Raton Florida”, you will this is not a malicious fantasy, but based on State of Florida health inspections.

If you used Crystal Catering – this is not your fault, you contracted with Saffer & Company  to act as your professional agent that had a duty to address and protect your organization from such risks.  This means Saffer & Company company assumed the “reasonable person” role of recommending your catering company, and thus had the consideration duty of:

  • Foreseeable risks of harm of his actions  (i.e. recommending a vendor with a poor health inspection record or past litigation records)
  • Extent of the risks  (i.e. food contamination and / or food poisoning, inappropriate management of funds)
  • Likelihood such risks would actually cause said harm to others; (i.e. access free, online public records of said vendor’s past health inspections – perhaps online trial records as well)
  • Explore alternatives with lesser risks, and the costs of those alternatives. (i.e. if said company is using Crystal Bay Catering because they are cheap, see if they can get competitive bids from a more sanitary caterer or engage one that is more expensive but safer, and explain the reason for the higher prices to clients)

As with most negligence cases, there has to be proof of damages, and even if someone attending one of your banquets did get sick, they may have misdiagnosed it as the flue or just not reported it to you. However, if you are aware of such a possibility, it is suggested you consult a lawyer – especially one versed in the calculus of negligence, or the Hand formula (United States v. Carroll Towing Co. 159 F.2d 169 (2d. Cir. 1947) written by Judge Learned Hand)

We apologies for using this media to inform you of this concern, but because of past experiences with certain parties involved (i.e. physical abuse and verbal / sexual harassment), it was felt necessary to communicate in a way to both provide personal protection through anonymity, as well as to insure this issue continues to focus on the facts that pertain to your organization, not historical personal issues that are not legally germane to this situation.

Reference also RipOff Report “Saffer & Company Saffer & Company Health Inspection reports on their listed prefered Caterer Crystal Bay Caterers Internet

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#1 Author of original report

Now receiving threatening phone calls to family and friends in response to Ripoff Reports

AUTHOR: Wick - (United States)

Now receiving threatening phone calls to family and friends over this and primary defendant / Report Crystal Bay Catering, Boca Raton, owner Sam LoPiccolo.  Complaint scope has now been expanded to include ANCOMP DMC Boca Raton. For details of event please reference core complaint, Crystal Bay Catering, Boca Raton, owner Sam LoPiccolo, consistent violations and fines

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#2 Author of original report

Your silence is damning

AUTHOR: - ()

I just saw the update on the Rip off Report of Crystal Bay Caterers Sam LoPiccolo, a company your company endorses (which beside is just ethically wrong, is also against American Cancer internal policies and procedures).  American Cancer has been sued and lost for doing irresponsible things like this.

This new post has court records that ranges from lawsuits for ripping off vendors to possible domestic violence.  Is this a company American Cancer wants to be known to endorse?  

These are some very serious charges – and they are backed up by third parties like the Tallassee Democrat, Florida Department of Health and Sanitation, open court records of the Clerk and Comptroller, Palm Beach County - and NO ONE has rebutted them - no one has claimed they are not true (though government public records are hard to disprove)

Why are you just ignoring this charges? Why are you risking the health and safety of others by offering your name of endorsement to companies like this?

Cancer is an important cause, but show some dignity and caring for the community as a whole - not just those with Cancer and donors with fat wallets for fancy parties.


Shame on you

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#3 Author of original report

I was wrong, you do need to talk to an attorney

AUTHOR: - ()

In my above post I both said you did nothing wrong, it was not a complaint against your company, and you most likely did not need to talk to a lawyer, or if you did, as a plaintiff.  It appears I was wrong on all counts.

The linked article (URL link provided at end of message) “Don't Be Misled by Deceptive Business/Charity Marketing” references a court case were 12 state Attorneys Generals sued American Cancer for allowing a company to give the impression that the ACS endorsed it products and services by allowing the company to reference it’s name in marketing material (other defendant was SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare, L.P.)

As a result of this court case The American Cancer Society adopted new policies to guard against inappropriate uses of its name …..and to discontinue…..such marketing arrangements in the future.

1) I found out American Cancer Society may have been a victim of sanitation negligence of Crystal Bay Caterers (founded by Sam LoPiccolo)  on the marketing web site of Saffer & Company,  which was marketing both itself and said caterer

2) Even if American Cancer Society did not use this catering services for it’s Saffer & Company event (or for other events where they contracted said caterer directly, based upon the marketing web site of Saffer & Company)  - this or other Rip Off Reports may uncover those that did suffer injury or harm due to Crystal Bay Caterers (founded by Sam LoPiccolo) sanitation negligence; and those individuals could fairly claim their decision to use said caterer was influenced by this referenced marketing piece.


I do think you do need to talk to a lawyer with negligence experience, but as a defendant, not as a plaintiff

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