Sunday, September 18, 2011

Don't forget to vote! Or file charges!

Two things.

First, click here to vote on our next round of the "Use it or Lose it" challenge!  The poll closes tonight.



Second.

I want to say one other thing about the scam involving Kim from Anthroholic.  For those of Kim's victims who are still unclear on whether they want to file charges against Kim, I want to share with you a recent email from Kim, sent to a photographer Kim worked with in Chicago.  This photographer took some free photos for Kim before this scandal broke, and Kim emailed her to explain why the photos would not be appearing on Anthroholic [emphasis added]:

Hi [Name Omitted],
First, I want to thank you. These photos are absolutely amazing and I will treasure them for years to come. You and [name omitted] are truly talented. Second, I need to tell you something. I have shut down my blog. Unfortunately, I have made some mistakes and now I have to pay for them. When I had my personal shopping business months ago, I took some missteps. I got in over my head, became overwhelmed and failed to follow through on some requests. I've owed people some money or their goods. I have since rectified the situation with everyone involved, however, I have been outsted by the blogging community. Much of it is my fault, but I have done what needs to be done to fix it. Perhaps it's too late. There are A LOT of horrible things being said about me, a lot of speculation and I'm getting threats, hate mail, etc. A lot of what is being said is untrue, lies, etc. You know how people love to jump on a bandwagon and that's what they are doing. I absolutely have made mistakes. I have rectified them with every person, but I have let my loyal readers down. As of now, because of all of this and the threats I'm getting, I have taken my blog down for now. I don't know that the majority of people would ever accept me again, and I don't know that I'd feel safe in posting myself. You can blog the photos on your photography website - and use them in your portfolio if you wish. If you don't want to associate with me, I will not blame you, but I hope you'll give me a 2nd chance. I enjoyed working with both of you so much. I love these photos so much. I can also share them, with a link to your photography blog on my facebook. Please let me know what your thoughts are. I do hope that after gettingn to know me, you'll know I'm a person who made a huge mistake, learned a huge lesson and have rectified all of it. I hope you'll consider still being my friend and sending me the rest of my photos. I hope to hear from you, hope we can move forward and hope you don't hate me. Whatever the case, thank you for the wonderful photos."

So, here's my honest question:  HAS Kim rectified the situation with all of you?  Are there any people who have gotten in touch with Kim about a refund but have not yet received it?  Is there anyone who has asked Kim for a refund in fees and is still waiting?  If there's nobody left, fantastic!  If you have not emailed Kim about a refund yet, please do.  If you have and still haven't had resolution, then this email strikes me as yet another example of NOT learning one's lesson and continuing to manipulate and lie for personal gain.

I'm sure we're all a bit sick of talking about this, but this email struck me as a great example of the need for the victims to file charges to make sure none of this happens again.  (Remember, it did happen before.)  I almost didn't publish this post, as I'd planned to let my coverage of this subject die with Thursday's long blog post about it (see link above), but I felt as though not mentioning this would fall into the "TOO NICE" category of behavior that we've all come to question a bit in the last few days.  I am not trying to call for a lynch mob here---but I do want to ask whether all of this HAS been resolved, as Kim is telling potential sponsors.

Please see Roxy's blog for more information about filing charges.  I'd like to underscore something Roxy said on her blog---that even if everyone HAS gotten their money back, filing charges with the Illinois Attorney General can result in a "permanent ban from online solicitations and profitability," ensuring that this never happens again (in a way that your forgiveness simply cannot).  [Edit:  charges begin to be filed against Kim.]

Thanks for indulging me; feel free to share thoughts on the subject or to simply move on with your Sunday and enjoy the weekend.  One bad apple certainly has not spoiled my Anthro bunch...I'll be taking a trip to one (and maybe two!) Philadelphia-area Anthropologies today!

[Edit:  it's truly a shame that I need to make this explicit, but I will not tolerate bullying in the comments.  I'm all for disagreement, but there is absolutely no reason to personally attack other commenters.  Please keep those remarks to yourself.]

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