Earlier this week, there was an article in the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana regarding YTB and their Statue of Liberty. I spoke with the author over a month ago between then and now, she did her research and came out with the article that is really pretty much dead on. I only saw the article yesterday, and what really amused me were some of the comments from the pro-YTB crowd. Their reactions, albeit predictable, are certainly eye opening. It is a standard modus operandi for them--attack, deflect, lie, attack again, and if all else fails, lie some more!
In regards to any individual formerly affiliated with YTB who stole money from unsuspecting people; it is true- THEY stole money from those people, but YTB dissolved their affiliation with those people AND refunded all the money to those folks who were taken. Why did you not report that fact?Oh really? Where was the follow up story on the students from Tennessee? The bus drivers from Houston? Yes, they did reimburse the Baltimore woman, but what about the rest?
I went to the lady who invited me to the meeting via the Statue of Liberty flyer and asked her for other sources of information and she directed me to literature and websites and gave me good info. She even gave me the opportunity to go to the Home Office in Wood River, Illinois to meet the founders of the company and have lunch with them at their expense. Really!Come on. So now Coach is paying for prospects to come to Wood River? And what references were given? BBB reports? News reports of the scams? Financial reports? Letters from Royal Caribbean? IATAN endorsement? My guess is it was the YTB website and a Success From Home magazine.
She handed me several articles that she authored and asked me to read them along with an article from an entrepreneurs magazine.
Ah yes, that beautiful example of journalism, Success From Home where you too can buy the cover and content for the right price. As to her "authored" articles....I woudl like to see them. I know that the insurance industry is big on this, is YTB trying out that scam too? Having someone ghost write a column and for a price they put your photo and name on the byline?
I researched it and found also that YTB does not hand out Travel Agent credentials, but you must EARN them by selling travel via your own website. That fact sealed the deal. Then I found out that they are a publicly traded company on the stock market and that was all I needed.
They claim to not hand out credentials. BUt they do. Just buy a trip for yourself, deduct it on your taxes and whammo--RTA Credential. BUt let me get this straight, NOT giving out credentials sealed the deal? And then knowing they were publicly traded was all they needed? I have some Enron stock sitting around for you!
It’s very apparent your homework assignment was submitted as incomplete making you a very weak species in your profession…….if you could call your work a profession. Very sad that your job description requires you to attack and place primary focus on being PESSIMISTIC as an angle to get a story printed.Attack attack attack. What is your suggestion, all sit around in a circle at Coach's Corner and kiss his ass some more?
You attack YTB as being a card mill and not selling travel when MAGICALLY, they sold over $14 million in cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines setting a 1-day record in Cruise history last November 8th. Sure sounds like YTB is packed with slackers….NOT.Thye did not sell $14 M in cruises in one day. Remember it was 6500 cruises. And most were certificates, and Carnival did most of the selling because RTAs cannot sell their way out of a paper bag!
While attending the same meeting you attended; there were witnesses who saw you picking your nose in the corner because you weren’t paying FULL attention to note ALL of the valid TRUE details that were provided in its entirety and you opted to be deceitful in your story.Attack attack attack. Glad the nose police are there. I can't blame the reporter, it was probably more entertaining and factual than the presentation. But no doubt she picked the wrong one to attend as well becasue we all know...(all together now) I don't do my presentation that way!
You are the one working in scam land. The man at the top receives a higher pay for all of your deceitful articles and your pay is not enhanced. Hhhhmmmmmm – whats wrong with that picture ???
What IS wrong with that picture? How much is the man at the top of YOUR pyramid making? I am guessing the publisher of the Post-Tribune is not flying all over in a Lear jet.
Strangely enough, YTB is such a scam ---- there are many celebrities, professional athletes and organizations enjoying the abundance this company offers.And celebrities are always involved on the up and up. Is Michael Vick a member yet?
YTB is strong and stands by their word. They back you 1 million percent. They treat everyone on their team like family and make all of us very proud to be associated with this escalating dynasty.Just a point of order here. YTB has proven time and time again to be math challenged. There is no such thing as a million percent. It is 100%. Maybe you are just used to adding all those zeros to inflate your income, but there is no such thing as a million percent.
Bill Gates had a vision that every home would own a computer one day. People laughed at him. Now you access the internet via a cell phone, every home has a computer if not multiple units and they also carry them around.Uhm. every home has a computer? What dream world are you living in? Or was this somethign you were told at a recruiting meeting along with the "fact" that 300,000 travel agencies are out of business.
The accusation and the fake letter by YTB's attorney surfacing on the net is another ploy to make YTB look bad. The letter was a phony and it was intended to sway people who don't know any better. You believed it, right?Ted Lindauer's letter was very much a real document. Saying it is not is a lie. Don't make me post the photo of the kid flipping the bird again!
This John Frenaye mentioned in the article- I know well. We have had communications in the past. He does sit on a board but I want to also mention that he is a traditional travel agent and owns a travel agency. He asked me to drop YTB and come to work for him! Interesting. I have the documented proof. Another wash!I know this John Frenaye well too. Bring it on! So if you know me so well and have corresponded wiht me, please, please post the email (including headers) on here that "proves" I tried to hire you away from YTB. I double dog dare you! (That was my favorite comment)
We NEVER support dropping cards under windshield wipers...how unprofessional is that? Dropping them in a post office to mail - yes, but under windshield wipers? Really.Yes you do. Read the comments on this blog. Search the terms "soccer + tax" and read the comments!
I would like to leave you with this thought. If YTB is so shady, why have they not been investigated by the FTC? Why is it that they have not been shut down and moved off the Stock Market by the SEC? They have been compliant with everything they do. They follow the laws and run their business right.Just because they have not been shut down does not mean they are not corrupt. It does not mean they are not under iunvestigation. All it means is that the legitimacy of the company has yet to be proven--or disproven.
The statement about the Ricketts paying anything is not accurate. They were investigated but found to be innocent of the charges. No payout.Can't say anything about that, but the dates and times are somewhat suspicious. Wasn't that about the time YTB began to court their very own Florida State Senator Burt Sauders?