So, turns out that we have an incompetent or unethical businesswoman here in Raleigh:
Raleigh, N.C. — The owner of a north Raleigh bridal store says dozens of brides might never see the wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses for which they have already paid.
One part incompetence and one part sheister:
Lindsey Monaghan paid Hipps a $552 deposit in May for the dresses she expected to receive in July. When the dresses weren’t delivered, she said, it took her weeks to reach Hipps, who then blamed the delay on manufacturer back orders.
Monaghan said she got on a conference call with Hipps and a manufacturer’s representative, who scolded Hipps for the way she runs her business.
“You’re lying to her,” Monaghan said the rep told Hipps. “We have not back-ordered your dresses. We tried to ship them. You denied the shipment, and now they are sitting in our warehouse.”
So, the store owner took money for dresses that she couldn’t afford to have shipped. Where did it go?
“The money went to the previous owners for buying this business,”
My heart goes out to the women who paid for dresses and won’t get ’em. In fact, they might never see their money again.
But this is how the market works; out with the bad and in with the good.
But what we DON’T need is regulation that speaks to wedding dress sales. We have existing fraud laws on the books, and they just need to be enforced.