Sunday, June 1, 2014


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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:



Page E1 of the 6/1/14 Arizona Republic throws more light on the ugly story of consignment fraud perpetrated by Camelback Consign & Design, in a lengthy story. THANK YOU, Arizona Republic. And I mean it.

Unfortunately, that story comes far too late to protect the unwary souls who might have been alerted had that story appeared months earlier. Too late, I say, because Camelback Consign & Design had closed at least a week or two before this story ran.

On or about 12/13/13 I emailed a press release about this matter to the publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal, one of his associates and faxed a copy to the Arizona Republic.

On 12/16/13 I sent a press release to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. On 12/18/13, I forwarded the same information to Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic. 

I never heard from Ms. Roberts or her staff.

I tried again sometime around 3/23/14. Now, just off hand, I can't recall everyone I contacted. 

Robert Anglen didn't follow-up with me on this email. On June 19, 2014, however, he did respond to a June 18, 2014 email directed at the Opinions page editor, on which Mr. Anglen was copied. 

Mr. Anglen listened to my concerns about the legal design flaws that make the AG's office the sole state enforcement agency with the ability to respond to predatory businesses. In the course of our conversation, I expressed my frustration with the AG's tardy and ineffective response to consumer complaints. I also spoke about the AG's unwillingness to keep concerned citizens informed about the status of investigations and the number of complaints already received regarding any given entity.  

I had contacted Call 12 for Action in November 2013 regarding Burn's failure to pay me or return my missing items. With a lot of encouragement and effort on my side, Call 12 did make contact with Mike Burns. Result: I received a make-good payment on a bounced check from Camelback Consign & Design. 

As the following email attests, that was as much as Call 12's volunteer was willing to do. Veronica Sanchez, whom I cc'd on many of these emails, never took any further interest in my story. The fact that he owed me far more money and had retained (stolen) valuable goods just didn't seem to be meaningful with reard to additional help or news coverage. For more details on that aspect of the story... as I see it, click this link.

From: KPNX-Call4Action []
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:43 AM
To: Glenn Michaels
Subject: RE: Camelback Consign and Design / Mike Burns

Glenn,We have done all we can do and as you know this store has had plenty of media exposure. Seems like it's a legal issue now.Maury

I also contacted E.J. Montini of the Arizona Republic. But my personal concerns weren't the sole reason I contacted him with this press release.

I never heard from Mr. Montini, whose columns I've greatly enjoyed over many years. I get it. He and his staff are incredibly busy. Even Superman can't be everywhere at once.

I never heard from anyone at the Arizona Republic about my press releases.

In the past, I might add, working as a PR agent for clients, I had very good success in obtaining press coverage. My failure here was to write but not follow up. I acted like a more or less like common citizen with some writing skills. Thing is, I work for a living doing something else now. I don't have the time to pester an editor with calls from the office. Hell, maybe my self-righteousness made me lazy.

The point is, I reached out to a wide range of media and public figures.

The only publication that followed up with me was Camelback Corridor Magazine. Thanks, Bruce!
I did have the chance to speak with Dave Cherry and I greatly appreciate his interest and efforts. We didn't quite see eye-to-eye on this story, but never mind that. He played an important role in helping to protect the public.

Mark Brodie of KJZZ was also kind enough to consider the story and contact me. He chose not to investigate it after consulting with his editors. But at least he responded. 

I was encouraged to contact Joe Ducey of ABC Channel 15... and didn't. Naturally, he was the broadcast newsreporter who quickly responded when several other victims of Camelback Consign & Design called him.

Moreover, he has followed up on the story several times, bless his heart and those of his producers and colleagues.

Please read Anglen's article for yourself. Meanwhile, I am taking the liberty of providing a few annotations of my own to the article.

Anglen's article indicates that Mike Burns was available for an interview. That's interesting to me because process servers have been unable to officially notify him of the lawsuit I've brought against him according to my attorney, the excellent Phillip Visnansky of Warner, Angle Hallem Jackson & Formanek.

Maybe Mr. Burns will now come forward to contest my claims against him. 

(By the way, Mike, thanks for leaving the message on my cell phone in February, indicating that you no longer had any intention of paying me. I treasure it and look forward to sharing it with others who will also appreciate it.)

We've all heard the platitude, "Better Late Than Never." Whether it also applies to "breaking news" is something you'll simply have to decide for yourself.

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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