Melissa Niemi, Dilworth, Published September 06 2013
Letter: Closing bridal store upsettingI’m deeply disappointed with the handling of the closing of The Bridal Shop. I am a bridesmaid, and though my unfilled order is a “small one,” I paid more than I ever have for a dress (including my wedding dress) to take part in my best friend’s wedding.
The Forum article states that police reports filed most likely won’t be successful because of the difficulty in proving intent of fraud. In my common-sense opinion, there’s no doubt that The Bridal Shop collected money without knowing how it was going to pay for orders it was allegedly collecting for.
A deposit is required to “secure” the order, meaning my custom dress would not be ordered without a down payment. Now it’s sitting in a warehouse, unpaid for. I paid this store for a dress; they never made payment on that dress. If I took your money and didn’t give you a product I promised, it’s theft.
Since time has passed (I made payments in February and May), I can’t dispute the charges on my debit card. It is difficult to run a business, and closing the doors cannot be easy. Yet, they had to know, prior to closing, that they didn’t have funds to fill orders they were still collecting payment on. However, they continued to do so, which, to me, shows intent.
The money doesn’t suddenly “run out.” Giving refunds to people who didn’t get what they paid for shouldn’t be a legal decision; it’s just the right one.