March 30, 2012
LA WEIGHT LOSS is one of the most infamous and maligned brands we’ve discussed on UnhappyFranchisee.com.
Thousands of customers lost millions of dollars from LA Weight Loss and spin-off Pure Weight Loss entities over the years.
Resentments linger over the fact that LA Weight Loss used hard-sell techniques to induce its members to prepay hundreds, and often thousands, of dollars… then closed the centers and never provided the paid-for services and products and never paid refunds.
They simply kept the money.
Despite allegations that LA Weight Loss is now owned by a different company, the resentments and complaints continue.
Here are some we’ve received in the past year about LA Weight Loss:
“Unbelievable!!! These jokers are opening back up after all of the money they scammed me and many others out of. I got stuck buying pre-products that I never finished using and almost $2000 in debt that was never paid back!!! Aaargh!!!
Well since they have money now to re-open… can I get my money back now???”
“My complaint comes with, as other have shared, the PRE PURCHASE of products. You kind of did feel that ur arm was twisted to buy in bulk in advance to receive the MINI discount. Then , for them to ‘close shop, lock doors and run away in the cloak of darkness without warning has MADE ME VOW>>>>>>>>>> “NEVER TO PRE PAY, BUY, or purchase anything like that again.”
“Yes, I was a member, and I was scammed out of $1200.00 worth of pre-paid product. I am furious. Please refund me my money.”
“I was going to join LA Weight Loss back about 5 years ago…and they scammed me…I had 10 days to whether or not if I wanted to join…But going over the cost of this program, I decided to give them my letter on the 9th day to let them know I was not joining. But things went from bad to worse. They charged me over $800.00 for what….I didn’t join anything….And so they sent it to credit collection (GEMONEY) to get their money…and I wasn’t paying anything cause I did not join. And now to date…this hurts my credit standing…so thanks to LA Weight Loss Centre. I would not think of joining a weight loss centre or group.”
Kathy Kline wrote:
“Yes, I lost a bunch of money and lites, too. Why can’t the legal system do anything about this type of scam? It is just so easy for the crooks to do the same thing over and over and never get caught. I think there has to be a way to stop this.”
“My mother and I both became members of L.A. Weight Loss/Pure Weight Loss and were pursuaded to pay for the entire program up front in July 2007 to the tune of about $1,820.00. Then, they closed their doors in January 2008… BUYERS BEWARE, DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY AND DAMN SURE DON’T PAY FOR ANYTHING UP FRONT OR PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION SO THEY CAN CHARGE IT ON A MONTHLY BASIS!!!”
Elizabeth Dean wrote:
“LA weight loss is a ripoff, I paid 3,000 dollars for LA Lites and the program and they closed the store down. They had signs up to go to another store in Murfreesboro Tennessee. I went there every month to pick up my bars and they had went out of business. They should be made to give everybody their money back.”
P. McGinniss wrote:
“LA Weight Loss closed without notice in Saskatoon They owe me product for a few hundred dollars and I was on track for my re-bate. It’s bad enough when you are overweight and are working hard at losing and then some asshole company takes your money and does not care. How do I get my money or product, does anyone know?”
ARE YOU OR HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER OF LA WEIGHT LOSS? HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE? SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.
June 2, 2011
LA Weight Loss is back in full expansion mode… and not a moment too soon!
LA Weight Loss: Life has been dull since you closed weight loss centers from coast to coast, leaving angry customers without the services and products they prepaid paid you hundreds and thousands of dollars for.
LA Weight Loss: We’ve miss the stories consumer action news reports of ripped-off consumers. We’ve missed the undercover exposes by national news shows on your evil sales practices (First they cry… then they buy!)! We’ve especially missed the investigations and lawsuits from state Attorney Generals for your deceptive trade practices.
LA Weight Loss, why did you stay away so long? After all these years of raking in huge profits with few consequences other than slaps on the wrist, you should know that nothing will stop you from lightening wallets and bank balances with impunity!
LA Weight Loss, your fans at UnhappyFranchisee.com just want to say Welcome Back… and give you a heartfelt thanks in advance for the traffic and angry comments you will surely generate for us in the years to come!
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Tip of the hat to WEIGHT LOSS COMPLAINTS for posting this press release:
“Here’s the latest press release from LA Weight Loss headquarters in
Whoresham Horsham, PA:
“HORSHAM, PA., May 26, 2011 /NewsRelease/ - The openings mark the first phase of a bricks and clicks technique to expand LA Weight Loss throughout the U.S. The organization plans to open additional centers to expand its brick and mortar offering, while continuing to grow its direct-to-consumer online channel. Plans for additional openings in the greater Philadelphia region is going to be announced later this summer.
“One from the nation’s best known brands in weight loss, LA Weight Loss, announced today the grand opening of six centers in the greater Philadelphia region. Clients will love new locations in Allentown, Pa.; Lancaster, PA; Camp Hill, Pa.; Newark, Del.; Cherry Hill, N.J.; and Turnersville, N.J.
“The openings mark the first phase of a bricks and clicks technique to expand LA Weight Loss throughout the U.S. The organization plans to open additional centers to expand its brick and mortar offering, while continuing to grow its direct-to-consumer online channel. Plans for additional openings in the greater Philadelphia region is going to be announced later this summer.
“All new facilities will offer clients LA Weight Loss’s proven rapid results program including individualized nutrition plans, one-on-one coaching along with a full line of products to aid weight loss. All Center Managers have previously served about the LA Weight Loss team and have a proven track record of helping LA Weight Loss clients reach their weight loss goals.
“Millions of individuals have looked to LA weight loss over the past 18 years to reach and maintain their goal weight,” says Marie Palumbo Vice President, Marketing of LA Weight Loss. “Opening centers in the Philadelphia area, where we’re headquartered, supplies a place where clients may come for in-person counseling, individualized plans and also the accountability they need to reach their weight-loss goals.”
“LA Weight Loss was recently purchased by private equity groups. It is well capitalized and it has an aggressive growth intend to capitalize on LA Weight Loss proven weightloss routine, starting with opening centers. Having a 60+% brand recognition, LA Weight Loss is poised for achievement.
“The Philadelphia grand opening dates, times, and locations are listed below:
- Allentown: May 9th, 2180 MacArthur Road
- Cherry Hill: May 9th, 1426 Route 70 E
- Newark: May 9th, 4557 Kirkwood Highway
- Turnersville: May 9th, 3501 Route 42
- Lancaster: June 6th, 2044 Fruitville Pike
- Camp Hill: June 6th, 3401 Hatzdale
“ABOUT LA Weight Loss
“More than 2 million people have experienced LA Weight reduction and their customized diet plans, a balanced diet, and one-on-one weight reduction counseling. For more information about LA Weight reduction, visit www. LAWeightLoss. com.”
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH LA WEIGHT LOSS? HAVE YOU BEEN AN LA WEIGHT LOSS CUSTOMER? EMPLOYEE? FRANCHISE OWNER? PLEASE SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.
February 12, 2009
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced last week that LA Weight Loss Centers Inc. reached a settlement to pay $275,000 in refunds to thousands of New York state customers who paid for but never received services after LA Weight Loss closed its doors in January 2008.
Read more here: LA Weight Loss to Pay Refunds to New York Members
September 9, 2008
Over at WEIGHT LOSS COMPLAINTS, Suzy reports:
Just another FYI – The Temple, TX center closed last month and the Waco, Killeen, and College Station, TX Centers are due to close on September 26th.
Thanks, Suzy It’s been added to the list of LA WEIGHT LOSS closings.
See the unofficial*, updated LA Weight Loss store closing list here: LA WEIGHT LOSS CLOSING
* LA Weight Loss chooses not to comment on store closings, past present or future
WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.
June 14, 2008
Attention Victims of Pure Weight Loss: Don’t get mad… Get even!
DEAR VAHAN is new website where former members and employees of Pure weight loss (formerly LA Weight Loss) can write a message to be delivered to Pure Weight Loss CEO Vahan Karian (aka Vahan Karabajakian). Share your experience, feelings and opinions of Pure Weight Loss’ business tactics with Mr. Karian, state & federal officials, and the world. (You can also comment on L.A. Weight Loss)
He’s got a chunk of your money. Why not give him a piece of your mind, too? Visit DEAR VAHAN.