Caution, Your Actions Can Hit You Like a Boomerang!

Caution, Your Actions Can Hit You Like a Boomerang!


Caution, Your Actions Can Hit You Like a Boomerang

A few years back Evelina worked part-time for this furniture store in Charlotte.  I was operating my vintage furniture business then and this guy (we will call him John) was one of my clients.  He mentioned to me that he needed reliable help selling in the store so I recommended Evelina.  It was a great part-time job for her while she finished law school and he paid her commission on sales which was really nice.

But as Evelina became more involved in his business she learned some things about his business practices which made us both hesitant.  First, he was not paying taxes.  Second, he was paying all of his employees under-the-table wages.  And, third, his store was not up to code for some of the painting and varnishing work being conducted.

At any rate the guy turned out to be someone we didn’t want to associate so Evelina quit and I stopped selling him furniture.  Which at the time was a big deal as he was my largest buyer, sometimes buying 30 pieces of furniture per month.  But for us the decision was an easy one.  Of course he refused to give Evelina her final paycheck and we didn’t choose to fight the battle, just wanted him out of our lives.

I tell you this because yesterday I got curious and looked him up on Facebook.  What I found didn’t surprise me.  His FB business page was shut down and as of July he was out of business.  Several local television news channels had run stories on him because he closed his doors while owing a lot of people money for inventory and owing customers money and product.

We filed a complaint years ago with the local tax office explaining to them that he was not paying taxes, but nothing was ever done.  I was a bit annoyed at this because I wanted vindication.  I wanted bad things to happen to this guy.  I know I’m not supposed to think like that, but I was mad and I’m being honest.

Now his actions have come around and hit him square in the forehead like a perfectly thrown boomerang!  He is being investigated by the Department of Justice which was a huge shock to me and lets me know he was doing some pretty shady things to get in that much trouble.

It just goes to show that it is better to conduct yourself with integrity than to cut corners and treat people poorly.  I hope he ends up in jail because he deserves to serve time.



7 thoughts on “Caution, Your Actions Can Hit You Like a Boomerang!

  1. I decided about a year ago that I wanted a new look and was going to treat myself to some highlights in my hair and a new style. We had just moved to a new area so I didn’t know who was good or even anyone well enough to ask for recommendations. I am very fussy about my hair because with my chronic pain I have to have something totally easy to look after. I used Google and a couple of other sources and came up with a place very close to home. I was impressed with the owner who told me that she had been a long time customer and when the owner, a hair dresser, decided to retire, she decided to buy the place. She knew business and relied on her staff to know hair. She made an appointment for me with “Kim”. She really sounded like she knew what she was doing and when my hair turned orange she said that was okay, she would now put colour back into it. The final look was gorgeous but lasted about 2 weeks before it started turning brassy and the cut was way different than what I wanted. After the first wash I realized it was nowhere near what I wanted or what I could handle. I could have gone back but I kind of blamed it on the owner. Obviously, Kim was a pro but my wishes weren’t conveyed to her. It took me almost a year of doing nothing with my hair to get up the nerve to call again. I was going to ask for a free haircut or something. When The owner realized it was me she started apologizing and said that Kim was a complete fraud. Not only did she not go to the prestege school of hair colour that she said she did, she learned everything she knew about hair from Youtube videos in her basement! I got a different stylist this time and a perfect new look. I am going back next week for some touch ups! Every industry has them! LOL

  2. It’s not always easy or profitable to do the right thing. And it takes courage. You protected Evelina from a morally corrupt man and demonstrated integrity and civic responsibility. It’s right to be angry with people who cheat.

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