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Kansas Dive Shop Owner arrested for theft from customers

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by DandyDon, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Dive Shop Owner Accused of Ripping Off Customers
     
  2. Cert1967

    Cert1967 Let's Go Skiing

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    I want to thank everyone that supports and has supported H2O. I know it’s been awhile for much movement on my end due to some changes and financial crash with the past floods.
    I regret that I have had to close the doors to the storefront. I am working to remedy any vacation or equipment refunds due back as quickly as I am able. I apologize for any inconvenience.
    I am still teaching lessons by appointment only and am scheduled through the YMCA of Salina.

    Again I sincerely apologize and appreciate each and everyone of my customers.

    Sincerely,
    Scuba Mark​
     
  3. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Good luck, Mark. Keep doing the right thing.
     
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  4. Leighen

    Leighen Angel Fish

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    Since when is ripping off customers "doing the right thing"?
     
  5. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    Sometimes sh*t happens with a business that's beyond the owner's control. By the sounds of things, the owner of gradually making refunds out of his personal funds to his customers.

    Admittedly, using these "deposits" for purposes other than what they were intended for was wrong, but it sounds like he's trying, and that should be applauded. (Having Johnny Law show up at your door is "inspiring" I'm sure, as well!)
     
  6. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I meant in trying to make restitution.
     
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  7. Leighen

    Leighen Angel Fish

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    It's been my experience (with a building contractor) that once someone gets themselves in such a big hole there's no way out. He's got criminal charges and associated hefty legal expenses, he's closed his doors, his reputation is down the tubes and only a few staunch supporters are going to throw any money his way along with those that aren't aware of the situation- it's not enough to stay in business let alone pay his way out of debt.
     
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  8. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Simple
    He is a thief- e will be convicted as a thief
    he will always be a thief

    SDM
     
  9. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Yes. Using funds for reasons other than they were allocated for is called theft. Dive shops (and others, I'm sure) do it all the time.
     
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  10. Leighen

    Leighen Angel Fish

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    Then there are a lot of thieves out there!

    Doesn't speak well of the dive shop industry to say they do it all the time.
     

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