Martin Luther King said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Unhappy Matco Tools franchisee Debbie Solko honored Reverend King’s birthday yesterday by letting freedom (and hundreds of telephones) ring.
Ms. Solko launched the first in a campaign of automated phone calls promoting awareness and participation of her nascent Matco Tools Distributor’s Association to current and former Matco Tools franchise owners.
Franchisee Protests Go Robo
The Sunday evening “robo-call” was the latest in a multi-prong, grassroots informational campaign by Ms. Solko (aka Lady Matco) and a vocal group of current and former Matco franchisees who complain that Matco Tools uses predatory and fraudulent business practices to recruit trusting franchisees, provide them with an inadequate customer base, and force them into make excessive inventory purchases they neither need nor can afford.
Franchisees complain that Matco Tools then terminates the struggling franchise owner, then resells the franchise to start the cycle all over again. (See MATCO TOOLS Franchise Complaints)
Debbie “Lady Matco” Solko’s message promotes several ways franchisees can take action, from learning more (by visiting UnhappyFranchisee.com), to joining the Matco Tools Franchisee Association (at LadyMatco.com) to attending their rally in Las Vegas at the end of February.
In the message, franchisee Solko states:
Stand by for a special announcement concerning Matco Tools.
For too long, Matco has unfairly treated its distributors. But with the formation of the Matco Tools Franchisee Association, all that is changing.
Please log on to www.LadyMatco.com and join. Simply enter your confidential contact information to receive regular updates and newsletters via email.
Learn about the latest lawsuits filed on your behalf at www.UnhappyFranchisee.com.
Join us in Las Vegas to protest Tool Expo and all the scams Matco uses to get you to buy more tools than you need or your cash flow can afford.
This is the year to get rid of the threat of termination based upon the use of the illegal National Purchase Average.
It’s also the year we make Matco live up to all of their contractual obligations, including giving us 325 tool-buying customers.
We’ve already had an effect on the recruiting efforts. Just Google “Matco” and see the impact for yourself.
We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
From Lady Matco and the entire Matco Franchisee Association Team, see you in Vegas!
Click here LISTEN to the Matco Franchisee Association Automated Message.
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MATCO TOOLS: Lady Matco Speaks Out (Video) January 1, 2012
MATCO TOOLS Franchise Defenders Speak Out December 7, 2011 (Comments defending Matco invited)
MATCO TOOLS Distributor Franchise December 7, 2011 (Overview with links)
MATCO TOOLS Franchise Report Alleges Distributor Churning November 29, 2011
MATCO TOOLS 2011 Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) & Other Resources November 22, 2011
MATCO TOOLS Class Action Lawsuit, “Secret” Sales Projections November 22, 2011
FRANCHISE LAWSUIT Alleges Matco Tools Scam, TD Bank Fraud November 15, 2011
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