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Report: #1474781

Complaint Review: Characters For Hire - Nick Sarelli - New york NY

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  • Characters For Hire - Nick Sarelli 1440 Broadway, 23FL New york, NY United States

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Never paid, Worst company I have ever had an experience with. This company showed me how sad it is for the working Actor! Sad I was the only one not paid and I was one of the employees that didn't complain and waited through the process. The treatment by the payroll of this company is horrible. I was threatened by employees and toyed with by staff who is in charge? Let's chat!

The company tries to throw legal jargon about their Contract BUT This fake company don't read their own contracts themselves. The company stated that Payments are to be processed to Talent within 10-14 business day with a prolong of 30days. 66 days went by and I was not paid, Which makes a "BREACH OF CONTRACT" by the Company itself ‍ It won't kill you to do your job and pay the actors that actual go to bat for you.

So This company is FRAUDULENT, BREAKS CONTRACTS and FIND EXCUSES TO AVOID PAYING THEIR ACTORS! "Characters for Hire" also threaten Actors with Black Balling/Do not hire call list AFTER These Scammers Do the damage to the relationship by not meeting the contractual obligations! May God Bless them!! DO NOT WORK WITH THIS COMPANY! & DO NOT HIRE FROM HERE! Also I am requesting that the photo of me be taken down off Yelp

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/06/2019 03:09 AM and is a permanent record located here: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/characters-for-hire-nick-sarelli/new-york-ny-10018/characters-for-hire-nick-sarelli-breach-of-contract-by-not-paying-me-false-accusations-1474781. 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. Ripoff Report has an exclusive license to this report. It may not be copied without the written permission of Ripoff Report. READ: Foreign websites steal our content

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#6 UPDATE EX-employee responds

issue and photo proof

AUTHOR: Hangy - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

https://www.ripoffreport.com/report/characters-hire/new-york-dont-pay-ignore-use-1502347

https://www.ripoffreport.com/report/characters-hire-llc-owned-run/manhattan-payg-class-act-hot-1493318

https://www.revdex.com/reviews/characters-for-hire-llc/1456975

CHARACTERS FOR HIRE, LLC IS NOT A COMPANY TO HIRE OR WORK FOR! Owner Nick SARELLI, aka Avi Lieberman, has never asked if we know how to behave like our costumed character, which is weird. Alert TO CLIENTS Recruiting CHARACTERS! Nick SARELLI, alias Avi Lieberman, is the owner and managing partner of Characters for Hire, LLC in New York City, New York. We were hardly fed, and they did not pay us for over a year after losing the customer. The client never issued an update, and we never received a response. This was allegedly used for this on a television program.

You'll find a slew of negative reviews/complaints from characters moaning about nonpayment or a sudden payment to cover up a poor rating if you search "characters for hire llc does not pay." Why does it seem that doing things right requires a bad complaint? Why not cut checks for services rendered in advance (assuming it's a 1099) and get it done right away? Isn't this a simple way to find new clients? Why not turn around to face the other way?

ISSUE WITH SOME CLIENTS REPORTING PROBLEMS AND REFUND PROBLEMS. It's as easy as that: refund when necessary. Employees should be compensated for the time they have spent, regardless of whether they deliver or not. People who were fired somewhere got paid for the day as long as they followed the law, and I'm sure there are laws and regulations in place to back this up.

In addition, if you Google "Characters for Hire, LLC sued," you'll discover that Disney has filed a complaint against them. Employees who are interested in working for Characters for Hire, LLC should be aware that unpaid characters can contact them. It's obvious that in order to save money, they don't always pay characters. To put it another way, in order to save money, they pay some people but not others. They will be completely unaware of it. I haven't been paid in over a year, and no taxes have been deducted. The next year, I never got a W2 or 1099 from them. There is a great deal of disarray.

Nick or avi is a hot mess. I've included a mixture of client and character-written feedback below. One of the characters had called the client to express his dissatisfaction with the fact that he had not been prosecuted. Even the characters leave feedback on the show. THEY CAN EVEN POST Derogatory COMMENTS ANONYMOUSLY AND UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME! It's legal if the analysis is factually correct, which it is in this situation. Please hire Characters for Hire, LLC instead of Nick SARELLI, a/k/a Avi Lieberman, who can't seem to get this business to function properly.

THIS IS A Real Analysis WITH A Screenshot TO Show THERE ARE OTHER Problems LIKE IT. I DID NOT Attach MY PAYSTUB TO PROVE MY JOB AS A CHARACTER FOR MY PRIVACY. THE Argument IS Absolutely Accurate. WHEN YOU SEARCH CHARACTERS FOR HIRE, LLC ON RIPOFF REPORT, YOU'LL FIND MORE REVIEWS, AND THEY'RE FINDING ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO COVER IT UP WITH FAKE REVIEWS, WHICH IS WHY YOU'RE SEEING 5 STAR REVIEWS ON GOOGLE Quite RANDOMLY LATELY. They attempted to take this one down, but they added evidence of previous problems this time.

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#5 UPDATE Employee

How about this proof he is not commming or scamming you

AUTHOR: Dave - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lol any proof of this attached?

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#4 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

Issue as well

AUTHOR: Dave - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, March 28, 2020

They also never paid me years back until i contacted them. However since, they have not contacted me and lots of others for work again. All i did was ask for payment, and it looks like they do not pay others too. Attaching all the proofs. 

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Dario Lee is a Con Artist

AUTHOR: Avi - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dario Lee tried to extort money from our company. This is now in the hands of our attorney.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Dario Lee is a scam artist

AUTHOR: Avi - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dario, you are nothing but a scam artist who tried to defraud the company. You know you were paid and are spreading lies out of maliciousness in order to extort money from our company. We have forward all of this information to our attorney for a demafation lawsuit against you.

We have attached a photo of the check that Dario received and cashed. He was paid in full as with other vendors and talent that work for us. Dario has also made consistant deragatory remarks about our employee's race by calling them the "N" word and other vial racist comments.

See attached screenshot of text messages he sent our company.

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#1 Author of original report

UPDATE!!!

AUTHOR: Dario - (United States)

POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2019

Characters for hire called me and agreed to pay me ON ONE CONDITION.  That I remove reviews posted by me on Google Review. Welp Since the company did breach the contract and the law states TRY TO COME TO A RESOLUTION, I decided to help them yet again and take the money and remove the post off google.

I was told that The company fired the man that cursed at me over the phone(IN WHICH I DID NOT ASK OR REQUEST THAT TO HAPPEN). This is the worst Company EVER! Do No t hire them and Actors Stay Away from them.

It is Scam Operated not a PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS COMPANY! I was treated with Disrespect to the highest degree. This company should not be in business.

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