What a story, Mike. I think the list has spoiled me... I often forget how crappy the world is out there. Almost everyone I have had the privilege of
dealing with here has treated me fairly and has often become a good friend afterwards.
Quite a thing Dale has wrought... I'm really glad I get to hang out with y'all.
Bob Hovey Columbus, GA
Mike Kone wrote:
When I owned Bicycle Classics inc., John stiffed us for 2K. I had a deal with him to buy 50K or so of product in waves. He kept sending me used bi ts instead of new, SR cranks with missing chainrings, "NOS Schwinn Paramounts" with plenty of wear and more issues. Not to mention I'd pay him and wait forev er to get the stuff.
He then complained that I wasn't ordering enough and was failing to live up to my end of the bargin. Of course I wasn't - cause he was not meeting his obligations to me. The last check I sent him (I think it was 2K) he just kept. I could have gone after him, and I should have, but just wasn't worth the hassle at the time.
Afterwards, Greg Honn (known to many folks) said I was nuts to have dealt with John that way. He is a guy that you just pay cash to, get the stuff tha t moment, and leave - cause otherwise it would get messy.
It seems he owned a shop in NY that went bust years ago. He had creditors
lined up - and he emptied the shop in the middle of the night and stiffed everyone. He has a reputation for this behavior.
Mike Kone in Boulder CO