Jerry* lost his home to the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina.
But the latest devastation Jerry and his family have suffered was entirely man-made: the Revive Energy Mints vending fraud.
Jerry searched for a franchise opportunity that would enable him to retire from the 12-14 hour days he was putting in as a hotel manager. Instead, he lost his $23,000 savings to a group of individuals who disappeared without providing the services they promised, or providing access to the products he needs to run business.
Jerry’s Vending Scam Story
Jerry feels blessed that his family escaped the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, even though they lost their family home in New Orleans.
Jerry redoubled his effort to rebuild his life and achieve retirement by working 12-15 hours in the hospitality industry and running an Internet business on the side. Like most of the other victims, Jerry ran across an ad on a franchise opportunity website for an exciting new vending opportunity: Revive Energy Mints.
As soon as Jerry responded to the Internet advertisement, he was drawn into the slick, aggressive and highly effective sales process used by the sales representatives of Revive Franchising LLC and Sito Marketing LLC. They used the hard-sell techniques and the polished, manipulative telemarketing sales script that had literally hooked hundreds of other victims.
Pretty soon, the slick salespeople of Revive Energy Mints had convinced Jerry to send them his $23,000 savings in exchange for 30 gumball-type vending machines, an initial supply of mints, lifetime support and coaching and access to their proprietary products as needed.
At first, the company seemed responsive. Says Jerry: “At first, I got many calls from them. I spoke with [Revive business coach] Paul Haverstick 2 or 3 times. Then I was told that Emma Burns would assist me with any questions I had and if she could not answer them she would have Paul Haverstick call me.” Soon after that, neither phone calls or emails were answered.
Jerry is stuck with 30 gumball machines and bags of energy mints. He has not received the training and coaching he contracted for. Even if he could place his machines, he’d have no way to restock them as the company is not responding to reorder requests.
However, Jerry is not willing to take this scam lying down. He is part of a group of Revive Energy Mints vending fraud victims that have formed the Revive Victim’s Coalition. They are speaking out, naming names and telling their stories to both UnhappyFranchisee.com and to law enforcement.
What would Jerry like to see happen? “I’m out of $23,000 and I would like to see all of those guy in prison and some type of restitution,” he says.
“I would’ve like to retire, but that’s out of the question now.”
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* Jerry is not his real name