I have a dilemma. I just got a phone call from Brian Takita (above left), the man who failed to pay me for services I rendered TWO MONTHS AGO, as a personal assistant to his alleged client, Nadeea Volianova (aka Yana Barsky) for 4 days, during Comic Con San Diego, July 12th – July 15th, 2012.
Brian is upset about one of my earlier blog posts. It is a post in which I share my experience as Nadeea’s personal assistant. Brian claims I’ve “slandered” him, and Nadeea. He said he’s getting “a lot of flak from his side” and needs me to take down my blog post.
I told Brian that when he pays me, I’ll take the post down and that had he paid me in the first place, it would have never gone up. He proceeded to argue with me about the amount due. He said, “There weren’t supposed to be any wages paid for that position. I didn’t even know you were hired.” This is despite the fact that both his client, Nadeea, and his assistant Heather Scott (the woman who posted the CL help wanted ad and hired me on behalf of Mr. Takita) stated that Brian was responsible for payment. This is despite the fact that I have emails from Brian Takita stating that he is the “only” responsible paying party. This is despite my possessing emails stating the amount of payment. Brian also claims to have “never received” the demand letter sent by my attorney. That’s interesting in that two copies were sent – one to his home, and the other to his place of employment, Milyoni Entertainment, Inc. In the next breath, Brian mentions the demand letter.
Are Mr. Takita’s inconsistent statements due to some situational Alzheimers? Or, could they be a symptom of the deadly Pinocchio Virus that’s going around?
First off, I haven’t “slandered” anyone. I’ve simply shared my “experience”. Secondly, it’s clear that I would have NEVER HEARD FROM BRIAN TAKITA AGAIN, if I hadn’t posted a blog about my experience. When this all went down in July Brian stated,” We don’t have a written contract, I don’t have to pay you. Go ahead and sue me, you’ll never get paid anyway.” What kind of person does this? What kind of person says these things?
And now, only AFTER Mr. Takita read my blog, is he interested in a POSSIBLE sketchy payment plan. He made some lame offer to pay me HALF of what he “feels” he owes me IF I take the blog post down, and the other half AFTER THE BLOG HAS BEEN DOWN FOR A MONTH. WHAT?!?!? I think it’s safe to assume that Mr. Takita failed both Symbolic Logic AND Fair Business Practices 101.
I have a dilemma. As I already stated, I’m sure I would have NEVER heard from Mr. Takita again, had I not posted a blog about my experience. A blog that just so happens to spread a bit of public light on what seems a dark character. If I take the blog down, will I be doing a disservice to others, like myself, who may fall prey to this finger-pointing threesome? I have no reason to believe that even if I take the blog down Mr. Takita will ever pay me because he has demonstrated to me that he just isn’t a man of his word.
So, what to do? When I desperately needed the money that I EARNED and was PROMISED by Mr. Takita, Mr. Takita ignored my emails and phone calls, as did Nadeea, as did Heather Anne Scott. With that said, and after MUCH deliberation I’ve made a decision.
In the best interest of all, and in the name of principle, the blog post stays. I will move forward with the course of action in place. It’s just not ok to screw people like this and have a sudden change of heart because your dirty laundry is unexpectedly hung for all to see.
Truth is, I’ll probably never see the money I earned, but hopefully, the fact that I’ve shared this information will prevent others from experiencing such loss.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll keep you posted. Exercise caution when answering Craig’s List ads. Hope your judgement is better than mine…
Moral of the story: If you are going to screw someone by not paying them, expect to read all about it on someone’s blog.