Wednesday, April 30, 2014


For additional details, see the blog posts listed at the bottom of this post.


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From: Anglen, Robert  
Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Story on camelback consign
To: Glenn Michaels 

Story is in today's paper. Your blog is mentioned prominently in the story. Thanks for all of your help. Here is a link:

Click the image to access the original story on the ABC 15 website.

This evening (4/30/14), award-winning investigative reporter, Joe Ducey of ABC 15 TV, told the story of three ladies who entrusted Camelback Consign & Design with valuable items they hoped to sell.  

Jessica Richards
Susan Frano
Andrea Davis of Prescott

Their reward, two bad checks (non sufficient funds) and a water-damaged Murphy bed for which no reimbursement was received. The accidental water leak occurred  inside the store three years ago. Burns blamed the insurance firm. The insurance firm said Burns failed to provide the proper documentation.

No surprise there. Mike's friends and victims all know that paperwork isn't one of his strengths. He's got plenty of personality, lots of chutzpah (aka moxie) and a severe case of attention deficit disorder when it comes to keeping promises or managing documentation.
Ducey put MIke Burns on camera, captured his promises and documented his failure to deliver on them. 
Of course, the list of Mike Burns's victims is far, far longer than Ducey had time to acknowledge in his reporting. Otherwise, the segment might have lasted for hours.

May I suggest you peruse the Complaints, Complaints, Complaints post on this blog? How about the BBB Business Review for Camelback Consign & Design?

His print version of the story concludes, "And, issuing a bad check is a crime. The Maricopa County Attorney's office can help you get your money back."  That part is open to debate.

Ducey's TV segment concluded with "And his doors are still open." That, sadly, seems to be true.

I had previously turned to the County Attorney for help with my NSF check, compliments of Camelback Consign & Design. The staffer I spoke with informed me that the fact I had signed a contract disqualified me for assistance. You can imagine how upsetting that was! It seems - I don't know - unfair. Merchants get help when their customers pay with bad checks. How come consignors get no help when the business they turned to turns on them?

I've highlighted what Page 4 of the County Attorney's online CHECK ENFORCEMENT GUIDEBOOK has to say about such claims.

The good news is that sour grapes make great whine! My suggestion, whine to the Attorney General's office. File a complaint. If any state law enforcement entity can help us, it's the AG's office. If said AG's office gets its fill of our whining, it might just toast Mike Burns! Isn't that worth raising a glass to? 

Put another way, the time has long since come for the marshmallows to skewer their persecutor and see what the heat does to him. Don't forget to post that complaint with the BBB, and any other forum you can think of, afterward. 


What a shame Mike's loyal associate, Vera Manuz, couldn't be available to participate in this event. You know what they say in the PR world: There's no such thing as bad publicity.

For all of the juicy details the BBB has to offer, use this link.

Mike Burns wasn't born yesterday. He wasn't born on the Fourth of July, either. NOPE. Mike Burns was born on 9/11 in 1952. He was destined. 

I don't know if the truth will set you free. But fuss loud enough with a big 'nough bunch a friends and I swear folks 'll do near anything to get you to shut up. Fast as they can. 

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