Funny! 3 days before he was supposed to finish my helmet he stripped it completely, re-primed it and shipped it to Eric so he could paint it! In the real world my helmet never had a drop of paint applied in over 2 years. If you look at my build thread the pictures he sent of my helmet are clearly now of someone else's...
I orignally paid with paypal. Obviously I can't do a claim now since It has been so long. How does one proceed with legal action?
You first need to send a certified letter by a lawyer stating the return of your money do to the timeframe and no service being completed, if that doesn't work then u can take the issue to small claims court , but u Must send the certified letter first before u can go to court it is required to have before it can go to small claims then your good to go.Most people that get the certified letter most always try to settle up before court it would be impossible for any of theses people not to get there money with your proof of the transaction and no service or goods recieved,... the vendor will lose and if he doesn't pay or show for that then it goes further...that's a whole other story though....
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I just want my helmet back, all the financial stuff, and other going on in his life is one thing, BUT I WANT MY KIT BACK. Whilst it is in his possession and not mine without my permission, it is STOLEN GOODS. End of story
The saddest thing is without my helm i can't finish my build, so this ******* has effectively taken from me 2 years of work (and $$$) toward my build. Also didnt ol' Riccardo do the commission work for ANOVOS's Fett Helmet last year at SD, so he's out there working folks. Wonder if he stuffed them around like the rest of us ..
I just want to be finished dealing with Rick.
collector, do you even know if Rick ordered your parts or just kept the money?
hunter930 and flame chicken I suggest you ask for your stuff back ASAP and get your items to actual painters.
Someone needs to go and knock on his door and get everyones kit back
Potentially that could be a very sensible idea and might at least get a lot of you half way there. It's obviously not ideal but would seem preferable to the status quo.
I think something needs to be done. While Rick did make a new thread there were no answers or clarity when costumers can expect their items/refunds back or completed commissions. The complete lack of communication is unbelievable, especially when you look at the $ amount he's taken from customers up front.
While I don't know what the laws in VA are for theft, fraud, etc I'm almost positive there are legal avenues as a group that could be made. While an unfortunate turn that would be, Rick can't even jump on here more than once a month to explain to his customers or the community what's been going on. I think all of us that gave Rick money in 2014 are owed why he didn't work on our commissions and allowed a back log to fill up to this point.
I hope everyone will get your stuff back and refunds in due time. Rick once again (past his original promise) that my knees would ship Monday (11/21). He also promised another customer that a completed helmet would also ship Monday (11/12). At this point I don't believe anything he tells me, nor should any of his customers. I'm honestly surprised he hasn't been banned yet. He has taken over $21,000 in commissions with no means of paying anyone back during his current employment situation and goes weeks in the dark without communicating to customers. If he refuses to start returning kits then I believe he's crossed the line to allow legal action and he can blame no one but himself.
It's time to Pay the Pied Piper.
I had no idea that this many members have their kits stuck with him. Wow. I'd be so pissed. Just send the kits back! That's all everyone wants sounds like. Jeez.
Last edited by Refugee; Nov 19, 2016 at 1:57 PM.
please don't ask him to do that. i understand everyone's frustration and the need to reach a solution but this should not even be an option.Sigh.....I don't want to call anyone out or volunteer anyone but there is only one person I know of within driving distance of Ponte. The ONLY one that got his full kit painted and it would be a great service to the community if he communicated with Ponte and worked something out with the members here to get their stuff back. I don't know how we would be able to get our money back if Ponte is completely broke from his circumstances.
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