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did you know...

that there are people out there who will steal a disney vacation from children? and not just that, but special needs children, knowing full well what these kids and their families are going through?

 

i am furious right now. i don't even know what to do. we booked this vacation over a year ago through a friend of a friend who worked for disney. she gave us her employee discount, so the res needed to be made through her and in her name. she texted me last month to let me know that she needed to cancel the res since she no longer worked for disney, and we have been waiting to get our money back so we could book ourselves since then. it's been over a month. it's just been excuse after excuse! she finally said she was depositing our money in our account on wednesday, but then couldn't get out of work. so she said she did it on thursday, but then there was a fraud alert put on her card so she said she took care of THAT on friday, and that the money would post by today. it hasn't. so now she's saying monday...

 

my boyfriend called disney today and they looked up our reservation... it was made but then cancelled due to non payment. there was never another reservation made after that one. disney is investigating, so now we are waiting for a call back from them to see what they've found. we are hoping to get a print up of everything from them as well to show proof of the fraud.

 

i spoke to our mutual friend who had set me up with her, and apparently she's done this to her now as well. she had booked through her before and taken the trips, so she was totally legit at the time. but on top of the $1700 she owes us, she owes our mutual friend $800 of a $1000 cancelled trip from 8 months ago, and she also set her friend and her parents up with her who booked a disney hawaii trip that was cancelled as well. she owes them $7000. that's $9500! and who knows how many other people she's done this to...

 

the worst part is, she knows full well what my family is going through. she knows that we booked this trip as a birthday present for our kids, because not only are my son's physical and health issues hard on him and on us, it's especially hard on his sister. i am just absolutely disgusted right now, not to mention angry, disappointed and just plain sad. the couple who she booked the hawaii trip for are seeing a lawyer on monday and it's very likely that we, along with our mutual friend (we've known each other since we were toddlers, she is my older friend and i completely trust her. she is absolutely not to blame in this), will join in the lawsuit against her.

 

seriously, though, who steals disneyland from a disabled child and his family?! she knew he had cancer, she knew he has spina bifida. we booked this trip when we found out that he needed surgery last winter. how am i supposed to tell my daughter that the disneyland trip she got for her birthday isn't going to happen now? we had friends and family meeting us there, too. so now i get to let them know that our vacation is off Smiley Sad i was really looking forward to visiting with my california family, and my boyfriend's brother was going to meet his nephew for the first time. barring some sort of miracle, it's just not going to happen.  

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That's absolutely horrible Jaime!  There is nothing I can say to make this better, but I hope you guys can get this solved without having to go to a lawyer Smiley Sad 

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at only (ha, only) $1700 it's likely it would cost more for legal fees than what she owes us, but with all of us going in together it won't be so financially stressful. plus i think in california it's considered grand theft and a felony, and with all of the documentation that we have, there is definitely a case. it's stressful and adds to my already full plate o' stress, but this isn't just stealing from me, it's stealing from my children and i am absolutely not going to let her get away with that. 

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I don't care if it's 100 or 1700 any amount is too much!   No one should have to worry about someone stealing from them when vacation planning.  I understand the feeling of protecting your kiddos.  I've always said mess with me as much as you want, but mention my kids or hurt them you will feel my scorn.  I am 100% a momma bear.  But it does suck for you too!  It was your relaxing time also.

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after the last year and a half we've had, this is what we've had to look forward to. to relieve the stress. there are so many emotions coursing through me right now that i don't even know what to feel. when i told her we were ready to take legal action against her, she responded with "Cool. Take it. Check it on Monday then laugh." ya know, i HOPE i'm laughing on monday, because that means our money is where it should be: in our bank account. but i'm not expecting it. 

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I hope you are able to laugh too!  Keep us updated on Monday.  I'm praying for you and your family Jamie Smiley Happy

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Man, this sounds like an utter nightmare... I am so sorry Jaime Smiley Sad

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I'm so sorry Jaime, I can only imagine what you're going through right now. I really hope that it all works out and that you and your family will still get a nice vacation

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I'm really sorry Jamie for what you are going through.  I really hope this gets resolved fast.  Please feel free to PM me if you need to talk/vent.

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Awhh I'm so sorry Smiley Sad -Hug- What a heartless person... I hope she will end up getting what she deserve!

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There are some really horrible people out there. I'm so sorry. I just don't even know what to say. I am appalled that she'll probably get away with it.

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this is horrible. I'm sorry. Prayers for you & the family to get this resolved quickly. Please keep us updated.

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Unfortunately, its people like this that turns most of us into untrustworthy cynics. I would like to think that generally, people are good and want to do the right thing. Unfortunately, good people get sick and bad people stay healthy enough to scam people. I am so sorry that this happened to you! Just try and remember life will get her eventually if the courts don't too. Karma is only a B to you if you choose to be one. 

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Jaime, I sent you a message. Please read it and reply back asap.

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There are just some people in the world... And all of you deserve this vacation. (Especially your daughter. Being the sister of a disabled child is a lot of responsibility.) Please let us know if you set up a fundraiser or something. I know I'm not the only one that would like to help out if I can.

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This makes my heart hurt so badly for you guys. It is things like this that make me wish I could choke people through the computer. I hope you guys get this all worked out and are able to take your much needed and well deserved vacation.

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People like her remind me of why I distrust 99% of the population. So sorry you and your family are going through this. I hope this situation resolves on your terms and that individual pays for her crimes. What goes around comes around.

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as much as there are bad people in the world, there are some truly kind and generous people to make up for that. thank you so much for reminding me of this Smiley Happy you've all helped to remind me of this today, and even bring a tear or two (thanks for that, i thought i was being tough haha) 

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Can you take her to small claims court? That way you don't need to pay lawyer fees

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one of the other couple's that she did this to (for $7000) is meeting with their lawyer on monday, so we should find out our options then. i think between the three of us we have a pretty good case, and it looks like it's a jury trial so i can't imagine that they would be very sympathetic to her. hopefully we would be able to get legal fees and travel expenses reimbursed, since we all live in oregon. i am assuming that i would need to be present to testify and submit my evidence. it's a whole lot of stress, but even if i DO get my money on monday (not holding my breath) i would still testify against her. apparently disney is very angry about this. they have forwarded everything to their fraud department, and we should be hearing back from them on monday after they've had a chance to go over everything. this goes against everything they stand for, and it was an employee of theirs. they even said that they were going to try to pull up her personnel file and find out exactly why she isn't working for them anymore, and check her booking history to see if she's done this in the past. it's all about to hit the fan. i keep feeling sympathy for what is likely going to happen to her, but then i snap out of it and remember that she did this to herself. 

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This post made me so angry! just... WOW

I'm so sorry for what happened to you! It's not like you just found some shady person off the street either >:/ Hope that woman gets what she deserves

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