After several commenters noted that Groupon in Dallas is giving out a Groupon on Pure Med Spa (aka Beauty Med Spa–same name, no difference), I sent them an email saying that they really ought to reconsider promoting a company that has done so much harm. Here was Groupon’s response:
Thanks for your feedback and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
We do our best to feature businesses that see Groupon as an opportunity to gain loyal customers as well as advertise their services.
We stand by all of the businesses we feature and the deals we offer, but if you ever feel let down in any way when using your Groupon, we’ll be more than happy to work with you towards satisfaction! Also, thanks for the information! I will be passing this on to the right people.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
I told them that I am not going to be let down, but others will be. Who wants to be a loyal customer to a business that has stolen thousands of dollars from customers, burned people with lasers, caused one woman to require surgery because they damaged her legs, and on and on. They are being investigated by several state attorneys general and have been profiled on many television news programs for the harm they have caused.
It’s a shame that this is Groupon’s response considering the negative publicity associated with this company. Groupon is promoting thieves and hucksters. Send Groupon a letter letting them know if you have been harmed and what happened. Maybe if enough people contact them, they will change their policy.
I finally started the article I have been planning to write for over a year. Every two or three days another comment comes in on the company detailing further bad acts. Over and over people tell stories of failed treatments, closed doors, lost money, and injuries. I have been called by Jeff Nourse. I have spoken to employees and customers. An attorney general called me to ask what I knew about the company’s practices. A local Portland television station profiled a victim of Pure Med Spa and called to get my input. A financier in New York called because the CEO and CFO had contacted him to borrow money. Basic research led him to this site and to me. Along the way Pure Med changed to Brite Smile, and the stories continued. More money lost. More people harmed.
It is time to get the word out that this company is a public health hazard. When another story popped into my inbox tonight, I stopped reading my book, pulled out the computer, and started working on the story. The words are flowing. I am going to write about this disaster of a company who steals its customers’ money, disfigures and scars their bodies, and runs rampant over its employees. Then I am going to submit the story to every major woman’s magazine in this country. Hopefully one of them will realize that this story is a big one, and that in order to protect consumers, the story needs to be told so that no one gives them another penny and nobody else gets hurt.
Some people have asked me Why aren’t these people in jail? They are crooks! They hurt me! They stole my money! Why indeed. Something needs to happen to stop them before someone else gets hurt. If we can’t jail them, at least I can try and stop them with my words.