TAMPA, FLORIDA -- This was purely a bait and switch scam as far as I'm concerned. I contracted with someone named [snip] who solicited me after I inquired information from his company on line. I informed him that I found another mover for less money and he asked me to let him see if he could compete, which he did, and quoted me a price of $461 to move me about 200 yards. On his quote, which I have in writing, it spelled out that they would be packing my goods and unpacking.
When the movers arrived, (which they were very unprofessionally dressed, pants hanging down to his thighs) I was told that they wouldn't be packing up my things for that price and I was forced to sign something saying I would pay $115 an hour and since I had to be out of my apartment on that day, I had no choice. They did a very poor job of moving and broke a "very expensive" vase.
Since the bill was going to be $461, I put $450 cash on my dresser. When the movers got there, I was sitting on the couch and I remembered that I had put the money on the dresser and when I went to get the money, it was gone.
I was never told that they didn't accept checks and they only accepted master card or visa and since I only had a check or American express, they said since I didn't have master card, if I didn't pay by cash they would take my furniture back to Miami.
I spoke to someone named [snip] who didn't really speak good English and he was curt and very unpleasant. I spent about two and a half hours trying to resolve the matter and after going to 3 ATM's I came back with the cash and they charged me an extra $350.
Something should be done about this company. These people should be put out of business for their shoddy practices and this bait and switch technique.
I am seriously contemplating contacting an attorney in regard to this horrible mess. I think that this company thrives on scamming single female senior citizens.