Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I Can't Believe We Were So Dumb

When Fresh Living was opened in the town of Cobourg, Ontario by Robin de Groot and Evan Karras the residents were excited to have a cool, hip home store with nice product at reasonable prices. Robin de Groot, shameless self-promoter that he is, made sure the town knew he was a Toronto designer (with a tv show on HGTV and FoodTV no less).

What the town didn't know was that these guys were experienced con artists. They proceeded to purchase three historic properties in the town under the guise that they were going to open a boutique hotel with retail space. I am not sure who lent them the money to purchase these properties but all three are now under power of sale and are sitting vacant with broken pipes and frozen rads.

The Fresh Living boys took orders and payment for custom furnature that was never delivered. I should know. I was one of them. They owe me $7,000. I would be interested to hear from other people who were scammed by these guys.

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