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Achieve.lausd.net

Achieve.lausd.net

6/3/19

I liked that we were getting useful notifications from my children's school, at first. But for some reason, I started getting notifications from several different schools excluding my kids school. I didn't realize it at first so I kept my kids home on the wrong days, picked them up late on other days, and missed important school events.
When I realized those messages were meant for other schools, I called in to clear up the problem. I was met with a rude operator who spoke to me condescendingly as if I was the one who did something wrong. It took three phone calls with those people to get it right.
So, for the past several months I've been getting their proper notifications, but for the last few weeks they started sending them in Spanish. I understand Spanish but my husband doesn't. He can't figure out what they're saying. He passed me his phone to translate the message but with all the grammatical errors, missing spaces, semi colons all over the place, no uppercase letters at the beginning of sentences... Are we supposed to stop flipping tortillas to decipher these messages?
¬°Porfavor, aregla la problema!

LegalZoom

LegalZoom

5/5/19

I used Legalzoom.com to register a trade mark. It was super easy.
Last week I used legalzoom.com to start a non profit. It was already accepted and recognized by the state. Nice!
They have attorneys to help with the process. They provided a registered agent , also. They've been super helpful.
The process has been worry free.

Here's my update...
Apparently I paid over $1000 for quick service. I wasn't in a rush but they presented the platinum package as the package that does it all. But they only did the most basic stuff. I could have paid $300 something for the service I got only it would have taken longer.
Now I'm learning I still have to pay extra for them to complete the process. I explained to several people on the phone that this is my first non profit and I was paying for everything to be done for me. But not once did they inform me that I wasn't getting the completed job done. They didn't tell me that I had to create my own by laws. They didn't tell me I had to fill out the long 501c3 application by myself.
I explained that I wanted to apply for grants. They didn't tell me I could do that without the non profit status. Nobody mentioned that in order for it to be successful I'd have to hire an accountant.
I paid for their legal packages and business pro add ons. For what? I would still have to pay a fee to the lawyer.
My package came all unorganized. There's no explanation as to what each document is for, what I need them for, or how to keep them. They sent me a general book about how to start a non profit after I already paid them over $1000 . But the book doesn't even pertain to me because the laws are different in California. It's stated all over the book that I have to purchase the version for California.
I went to the California endowment today and learned that I could only get help if I don't have a non profit.
In order to apply for grants I have to register for accounts with three different government websites. The questions are not understandable. Half of it doesn't seem to pertain to me. I have all kinds of document deadlines and no idea how to fulfill them.
This is all such a dream killer!

Records Finder

Records Finder

5/3/19

I searched somebody who attacked me in the past. I found out he's out of prison, but noticed that my address was listed in his profile. I contacted customer service and explained the mistake and the whole situation. They were helpful and understanding.
An hour later I searched myself and my whole profile is blank. Nice! I searched the assailant and my address was removed from his profile. I also noticed his criminal record was updated to reflect his criminal history. Nice!
I feel safer now!

Alliancesecurity.com

Alliancesecurity

4/18/19

I happened to find this companies site while searching for security companies. I made the mistake of providing my phone number.
They called within seconds. It was a man with a middle eastern accent. His accent was so thick I couldn't understand a word he said. I asked for someone else and was passed to another personI could barely understand. It sounded like a good deal so I agreed on the service. The next day they call me to scold me about not paying my current security company. I explained that they aren't protecting me and I'm trying to find a better company. He said he had to talk to his supervisor and he would call me back.
At that point I decided I didn't want their service. The foreign man had a rude tone plus I hated that I couldn't understand them.
For the next three days they called at least 20 times an hour, ignoring my employees telling them I was busy, or not there, and not interested. They interrupted me while I was cutting and coloring hair. They even called from other numbers. Finally, they called from a local number and got me on the phone.
They made an even better offer and told me I qualified. I gave them my information thinking I was opening a security account. I was told a technician would contact me shortly. Instead, they checked my credit without my permission. I don't have good credit and I told them that. But they went ahead and took points from my credit score. I never heard from them again.
They are obviously not located in America. They're rude and crooked!

AutoZone

AutoZone

4/8/19

You can save your vehicle information on the site making it faster and easier to find what you need. They always have what I'm looking for at better prices than most competitors. Although, most of their products are Made in China, they offer a lifetime warranty on most of their important parts.

CanvasDiscount

CanvasDiscount

3/30/19

I saw an ad for $4.99 framed canvas prints. I ordered a few. They're definitely worth the price. I have had custody of five other kids besides my own three. Printing pictures can be expensive. Now my walls are filling up with new family pictures including all those kids. It feels like family now.

Logi-Serve

Logi-Serve

2/28/19

This card was offered as a payment method for tax returns. It's trash! Serve.com sent me two emails a day telling me to enroll in direct deposit. It was confusing because I was supposed to get my check directly deposited anyway. As it got closer to when I was supposed to receive my checks, it got extremely annoying!
Now I got my refund and I can't use this card anywhere. I tried to pay bills, no-one accepts it. I tried to withdraw money from my bank and its ATM. No deal. I can only withdraw up to $400 a day from certain 711 stores.
The MoneyPass app you need to download and use to find compatible ATMs is also trash. They lead you to little hole in the wall places that almost don't exist. I couldn't find one open.
My other option is to drive an hour away to the nearest Wal-Mart, stand in line for hours and supposedly withdraw up to $2900 a day. I hope my contractor doesn't mind getting paid in payments. I hope I don't lose the cash.

Update:
Yesterday I spent several hours trying to withdraw money. I went to one Wal-Mart, stood in line for 30 minutes only to be turned away. They said the card wasn't allowing me to withdraw any amount of money. I called the Serve customer service number for the 5th time. Those operators are clueless. She kept asking me if I want a new card or to change my pin. I kept explaining to her, as I did others, that I need to withdraw all my money at once. She said there was nothing wrong with my card. I got transferred over to American Express, waited 20 minutes and when someone finally answered, they couldn't hear me. They hung up on me.
OMG!! I lost my sanity at that point!!!
I drove another 45 minutes to the next Wal-Mart. I figured something was wrong with the system. Same problem. I asked for a supervisor and was ignored. I called Serve again. I got a rude operator and argued with her for a while before she finally told me about the RIA money pick up. Its not called a withdrawal, so nobody knew what I was talking about. Like I said, clueless!!!

So, the Serve website says you can receive up to $2900 a day. Not true. You can only get $2500 at a time.
Wal-Mart's prices to "withdraw" money and cash government checks are significantly less expensive than using this card.
My plans have been put on hold. I've wasted so much time and gas on this card. I can't transfer my money into my bank account where I can withdraw it for free. It pushed me into an emotional breakdown!
I will NEVER use or recommend this card again. As a matter of fact, I'm taking the American Express stickers out of my shop window and will no longer accept American Express at my place of business.

Photos:
One photo is a screen shot of the serve website where it says you can send yourself up to $2900. That's a lie!
The rest are in order as you search for a way to access your money. One shows the balance with no options. You have to figure it out yourself.

Then you get some vague options. Look at the silly name for the option I needed.

When you click on ATM withdrawal, it requires you to download an app that doesn't work.

Bottom line, Serve.com and its products are trash!

Icuracao.com

Icuracao

2/22/19

Mejor no compras de Curacao. Te van a mandar basura y no revuelven el dinero. Van a poner demaciados markas negetivos en su credito. Mejor no lo hagas! Hay negocios que no roban a la jente.
Translation:
You're better off not purchasing anything from Curacao. They'll send you trash and will refuse to give you a refund. They'll put tons of negative marks on your credit. Just don't do it! There are honest businesses out there.

If you buy something it will be broken or it will break soon and they will not honor their warranty. They will not replace it. They will not give you your money back. If you refuse to pay for the faulty item, they will go above and beyond to ruin your credit. They add false remarks to your credit and renew it every year as if it just happened.
These are the crooks Trump is talking about. Too bad they are already here in the impoverished neighborhoods strong arming innocent people.
They even go into other poor neighborhoods and sit in front of Food 4 Less, wearing diamond studded bumble bee shades, recruiting poor innocent people into signing up for credit.
This business is a pot full of crabs ready to pull people down into the boiling liquid.

ShoeDazzle

ShoeDazzle

11/27/18

I see their ads everywhere. I have searched their site several times only to find trash. Most of the stuff they sell is cheaper from a brick and mortar store. They have no good name brands.
But, today I saw an ad for 2 for $24 advertised add a cyber Monday sale. I clicked on the ad, interrupting my precious game play, only to find a shady sale. Apparently you have to buy two of the same item to get the 2 for $24 so called deal. But the price for one is less than $10. What???
My daughter fell for their scam and got a few items. The tops are the cheapest, thinnest material you can find. I mean seriously, I can get that stuff down the street at the mini indoor swap meet.
I didn't order. I'm no fool!

Cakecareers.com

Cakecareers

10/27/18

I applied for several positions at several locations. I waited months. No response. I know people who work there and am often told how desperate they are for employees.
I finally went to a hiring event, dressed for success. I was hired on the spot. I waited three weeks for an email, eventually in tears. I attempted to contact them with no success. In the meantime my friends are giving me the inside scoop. They accidentally hired two people for the same position. They were supposedly waiting for a "BETTER" position for me.
I finally accepted a two week position somewhere else, thinking the job would be there when I was done.
I got a call one week into my job and they want me to drop everything and start immediately for another minimum wage position.
I'm cool!

Workhoppers

Workhoppers

10/8/18

I couldn't even get past the registration process. It kept taking me back to the registration form with no explanation.
Aparently it's a site for free lance work. The problem I've had with similar sites was being targeted by scammers. They contact you as if they want to initiate business, then use your information to send fake checks, hoping you'll cash them, thinking it's your pay, and requesting for you to send half the money somewhere.
But I can't tell if that's going to happen here since I couldn't get past page 1.

Recruiting.adp.com

Recruiting.adp

10/9/18

This site is used by companies for their hiring process. So far I've been emailed with an invitation to an interview but it was addressed to another name.
If course I applied to several stores and couldn't figure out which one the email was from. Going back to adp to find out which store it could have been didn't help.
After going to the wrong store and showing up 45 minutes late, I was still hired.
I was sent another email with a benefits package and documents I was supposed to fill out. I click the link that took me back to the adp site. But instead of the necessary documents, I get an error message (checking from my phone). I go to my laptop and was completely unable to find anything from the store that hired me.
The email said I started work 2 days ago. Wow!!
To top it off, I didn't even mean to apply for the location I got hired at. The one I did want to apply for never received my application.
I'm trying to get a temporary position in a Halloween store. But Halloween is going to pass me up.

Googlemybusiness.com

Googlemybusiness

9/10/18

They allow false and defamatory reviews to remain visible. They ignore requests to remove it and don't give the business owner an opportunity to explain.
I have a review from a customer blaming us for his illnesses when it's medically impossible for him to have contracted that at my business. Google refuses to remove it.
The poster isn't even an active Google user. This was his first and only review. It can be my competition who posted it, for all we know.
I generate a lot of business from Google, but this is a business killer! I need to speak with a human from Google!

Ghssecurity.com

Ghssecurity

7/19/18

I'm paying too much! My alarm went off two weeks ago and I have yet to hear from the company. I tried to contact them and was responded to by their sister company instead. Of course they couldn't help me.
When I email them it gets sent elsewhere. They ignore their help requests through their website. The only way I can get any bad company to respond is through this review site.
I renovated my business and need the sensors to be readjusted. So, basically, I have no service and get no help.
I got a $300 fine from the police department hour a false alarm call. The alarm went off for no reason, like always, but my cell phone was dead so I didn't receive the call before the police got there. After calling the company, leaving emails, and contacting other offices, I had to drive 30 miles out, on a day I should have been at my shop. That was the only way to speak to somebody. They offered to pay half the bill and give me a couple months credit.
Who needs credit from a company that doesn't work? I need that bill paid!
I started to shop around and realized I'm paying $15-20 more a month for 2 star service. I could go with a 5 star company for way less.
I think this contract is now void.
Any lawyers out there? Contact me @HairfreekBarbers everywhere on the web.

Instagram

Instagram

6/11/18

If you own a business and are thinking of paying for Facebook or Instagram advertising, save your money.
I've been advertising with them for over a year. I've spent hundreds of dollars on advertising with them.
1) Paying for advertising doesn't bring people to your storefront.
2) Trying to resolve issues with them is impossible.

I've been trying to get an issue resolved for several months. They don't respond to help requests.
The number of followers you have directly effects the outcome of your advertising as friends of your followers are targeted in your advertising.
I get dozens of new followers each week yet my numbers stay the same.
I harassed Instagram through their bug reporting system a few weeks ago. They didn't respond to me but my number of followers finally increased by 5 followers. Then it stopped again. Now my reports won't go through. I just get an error message.
I bet they'll get a hold of me when they can't collect what I owe for advertising. It's not free! I pay for services for my business. I can't wait for the class action lawsuit. I'm opting out and suing!

Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza

6/11/18

Well, its easy to use after you've created a profile and gave it a try. I did have a hard time the first time I used it.
But with 7 kids, pizza is a must. Now, I prefer ordering online. I don't have to deal with busy employees. I never have trouble with the language gap. It understands me. I can order my pizza the way I want it without misunderstandings. I always get my order correct and in a timely manner.
And it has a tracker that lets you know where your pizza is every minute of its creation.
Yum! I'm getting hungry! Brb!

Sally Beauty

Sally Beauty

6/11/18

In store or online, they sell low quality products and have poor customer service practices.
In store- I bought a $50 razor handle. It came with a few refill razor blades, but when I needed more, Sally's didn't carry them. Instead, they sold me other brands of replacement blades promising that they'd fit. I purchased three different types of replacement blades and none of them fit. Once the five blades that came with the handle were gone, I was never able to use it again. Sally's refused to give me my money back for the handle or the useless blades they sold me. One employee even called the owner in front of me and changed the story in front of me to make it sound like I'm trying to get over on them.
Online- I found the equipment I was looking for at the lowest price anywhere. Their web site claims they offer free two day delivery on equipment purchases. Today is day four. I tried looking into it. There was no tracking number. The shipping status read "complete". I tried calling customer service. They have none on the weekends. I had to log on from a computer to find the tracking number. Trying to track the package was another ordeal. I kept getting prompts to upload an app. I almost signed up for a bunch of junk mail in the process. I finally found my package and it's in transit. It's still somewhere in Nevada right now. I'm in Los Angeles. I won't be getting my equipment any time soon.
I sent an email and tried calling the nearest store for help. They are helpless!
And talking about helpless, most of the employees are either uneducated or undereducated, with little to no salon experience. Buyer beware!

Wish

Wish

6/13/18

I've been shopping on Wish for about six months. I was very unhappy at first. The products were super cheap and took months to be delivered.
But they've improved everything. I get my orders in about two weeks, now. I stopped ordering clothes and buy things I can use for my trade. They're actually pretty good quality. I'm finding stuff I don't find in stores. I found a special tool I've wanted for $1. They run $20 and up in the store. I'm a barber, I get cutting capes, towels, blades, spray bottles, barber themed jewelry, signs...They also sell bigger items like barber chairs and stations. There's nothing I can't find on Wish!

Yelp

Yelp

11/27/17

First off, you cannot count on the star rating system they use. If you're trying to learn about a business, you need to read the reviews. But that's not always helpful. Most people aren't specialized in the services they pay for. For example, I own a barbershop. I face my customers away from the mirror for several reasons; one, I encourage my customers to engage in conversation with each other. Two, I face them towards the tv's. Third, we hate when customers stare at the mirror and try to touch their hair during the cut or color. But we got a bad review from a customer who swore we were hiding something. He claimed he got a horrible cut, but didn't include a picture and still paid and tipped the barber. Not a credible review, but it does effect the business.
I was able to remove some similar reviews when I was paying yelp. But I cancelled my service with yelp because they were deceitful about my charges. Now they won't give me the time of day. But my business is still listed and getting reviews.
Now that I know the insides of yelp, I no longer go to yelp to search anything. As a matter of fact, I haven't searched my own business in months.

Yelp for Business Owners

Yelp for Business Owners

11/27/17

Yelp encourages business owners to get their business app. Then they send deceiving offers claiming you can get hundreds of dollars in free advertising.
During the sign up process, they ask for the budget you agree to. Obviously, I chose a budget to match what they claim I would get for free, $300. Nowhere did it say I had to pay out of pocket or that I had to call and cancel.
Two months later I look at my bank statement and find a charge for $247 debited from my account. They had my account information from a previously authorized purchase.
What you get for your money;
Your listing is close to the top of the list when someone does a search on the services or products you offer. THAT'S IT!!!
The person would have to search the name of your business for it to come out on top.
I was so shocked at the unexpected charges. I couldn't figure out what went wrong. I disputed it with my bank, but the charge was still pending so they couldn't do anything for me. It was the first, rent and bills were due at home and at my business.
I called Yelp. I thought my 7 year old pressed something and ordered some ridiculous service. Regardless, they wouldn't budge. I got no warning, no email, nothing.
Eventually, I figured out what happened and remembered I had fallen for the same scam a few years prior.
I spend hours advertising, including advertising yelp. I get lots of business, but rarely do I get customers through yelp.
I cancelled the service and that same day I got my first bad review. It was an unknown customer who made claims that were impossible. I tried to dispute it worn yelp and the wouldn't help me.
Yelp is bias and only benefits your business when you pay. Otherwise bad reviews from uninformed people, or revenge reviews are permitted. I was even extorted for free services by a person threatening to give me a bad review, later to find out that person was never a customer.

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