Complaint Review: Stanley Submarines - Roatan
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As part of a scavenger hunt benefitting Random Acts, several teams reached out to Karl Stanley about photographing deep-sea wildlife. Each team needed a unique photo of a unique sea creature. Karl messaged each team letting them know that the cost to find unique sealife at 2,000 feet would be $500 per photo. Assuming that this project would take several dives and quite a bit of time, at least 20 teams paid him this fee. We received our photos and submitted them.
Note that collaborating with other teams is expressly against the rules, and Karl knew this. What he didn’t know is that we were permitted to share submissions after the hunt ended. To our horror, the teams discovered that the photos were identical, taken of the exact same coral frond. Timestamps from the photos showed that they had been taken in a span of less than five minutes. Karl gave us these photos *knowing* that we could not compare before submitting and *knowing* that every team risked disqualification for failing to submit a unique image.
He refuses to offer any refunds, claiming that the photos are different due to the placement of post-it notes on a peice of paper in the shot. He has also messaged several of the teams "quoting” hunt officials, promising full points but threatening to dock points if we do not stop seeking refunds. The fact that StanleySubmarines could easily have made ten thousand dollars for a day’s work and chose to rip people off instead points to a much deeper issue (pardon the pun.) I would not want anyone I cared about trusting their lives to this company.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/10/2018 11:10 AM and is a permanent record located here: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/stanley-submarines/roatan/stanley-submarines-karl-stanleyroatan-institute-of-deep-sea-exploration-ride-took-10k-1455967. 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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