ONLY ON 3: Moving Obama’s speech costs Columbus Co. woman thousands


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Submitted: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 3:21am
Updated: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:29pm
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — President Obama’s cancelled outdoor speech did more than disappoint. It will cost one Columbus County woman thousands of dollars.

Ann Brown co-owns Rolling Tours Charter Bus Company. She was contracted to take people from our area to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Thursday to see President Obama speak at Bank of America Stadium.

She needed three extra buses, so she hired them from Double M Charters out of Ocean Isle Beach.

“The event was cancelled due to weather conditions, which we knew would be an act of God,” Brown said. “The contracting parties did not cancel the event, but the event was cancelled.”

Brown paid Double M Charters $5,400 for the three buses. That money came from the passengers who were expecting to go to the DNC. Brown contacted Marty Biddle, the owner of Double M Charters, to try and get them a refund.

“In this case, Mr. Biddle refused to refund anything,” Brown said. “He said he had bills to pay, so he was not refunding anything.”

Brown has been in the charter bus business for nearly 25 years. Maintaining her good reputation is why she’s making sure her customers get refunds.

“I’ll do whatever I have to do to give the money back to all the people who paid to go to the Democratic Convention,” she said.

That means Brown is going into debt to pay everyone back.

We contacted Biddle, who told us his attorney said he did not have to return the cash, because he would be out thousands of dollars. When we asked to explain what this cost him, he was not happy.

“Who the f*** are you to be asking me this, lady?” he said. “Are you a f****** attorney? Who are you?”

He then hung up.

Brown says she is contacting an attorney to see if there is any recourse.

38 Comments

  • Old Man says:

    That’s what you get for doing business with Democraps.

  • Carolina mom says:

    Mrs. Brown, apparently you aren’t the only one who got ripped off during the DNC in Charlotte. Read on…

    http://wap.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/dnc-small-business-vendors-feel-abandoned-213331028–election.html?.b=index&.ts=1346886514&.ysid=cIhn5q4_zTBV33I65bnB5.s4&.intl=US&.lang=en

  • Guest350 says:

    It is pretty safe to assume that the “bashers” are Republicans. That’s the one thing they are good at. As for Bill Powell, hope you are proud of your greedy self. Maybe you could get a job driving a bus for Biddle.

  • James Raymo says:

    Obama is a liar, your just not smart enough to figure it out

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    It in fact was not taken out of context. How about the BS you leftie libs keep repeating? You don’t have an issue with that right? You sir are the biggest hypocrite on WWAY. You are full of it. For some reason you were very upset that I called Obama a clown, but you have no issue with saying Bush can’t put together two sentences, or calling Romney tweedledumb. Do you really think anyone is listening to you? You are nothing more than an old sheep, head out to the pasture and get to grazing.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It is so easy to bash someone when you only get one side of the story. Without viewing the contract, we cannot say who is in the wrong. If Mr. Biddle is acting in accordance with the contract then he is well within his rights to retain the money. I don’t blame him for not wanting to speak to the press. They called him with an accusation, which he does not have to answer unless he is taken to court.

  • John says:

    The talking point your referring to “You didn’t build that” was taken completely out of context, and the more you repeat such nonsense to dumber you appear.

  • Suzie says:

    What I am intersted in knowing is why it was necessary to bus people in to see the speach in the first place. Was it a given “opportunity” or as I have “heard” need to fill empty seats?

  • samantha says:

    obviously you commented without knowing anything about what you are commenting about first of all busses do not run on gasoline and being a resident of wilmington ms browne is not the upstanding person shes trying to be she is actually the wolf in sheeps clothing investigate what you are talking about before you run your pie hole!!

  • GuestMan. says:

    You are basically a parrott. All you can do is repeat the SOS that you hear from other people. An original thought would bust your head wide open, cupcake. So, what tired old cliche do you have for me now?

  • GuestMan. says:

    You like to call people hypocrites for calling names and yet you do it all the time. Talking about sheep and hypocrites is getting old, cupcake. Do you think you can up with some new material or will we be subjected to your same inane bluster in the future?

  • B m says:

    what’s a few thousand dollars compared to what this man has cost the country in the last 4 years, and considering the DNC skipped town owing a measley 5 mil after getting Duke Power to spring for an additional 10 mil consider yourself getting ot light!

  • Joe Rhino says:

    This lady doesnt understand how the transportation business works. For example if you booked a flight to Charlotte and the event was cancelled does the airline refund your money. How about a resounding “NO”. The DNC created business for several tranporation companies in NC and SC. By committing to her reservation and bypassing other business Mr Biddle essentially lost business that otherwise he should have had. If he had a contract which states no refunds are given during a certain timeline then he was justified. From my understanding Ms. Brown actually signed a contract with the understanding that no refund would be given if a cancellation occurs within 30 days. I wonder if the media did their homework to find this key piece of evidence meanwhile another small business owner has his reputation tarnished. How about we call it what it is “Yellow Journalism” or maybe “Lazy Journalism”

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I can only go by what was posted on WWAY. Every posting indicated it was moved indoors due to weather issues.

    Having said that, I concur, she should submit her bills to the White House and the DNC as well as the Committee to Re-Elect.

    One item no one has addressed is the other failed promise. All of the folks with tickets earned them, I believe, by ringing door bells and making phone calls in support of the re-election effort.

    Why is there no concern for all of the thousands who put in the time and effort, in part to earn a ticket to the Big Event, and were then stiffed?

    I’m not going to address intelligence levels, it would likely be construed as a racial issue.

  • Vog46 says:

    Subsequent information indicates the outdoor show was cancelled due to security concerns (they actually made an arrest if I’m not mistaken).
    I’m sure nothing like that is in the contract.
    As for any outdoor event I believe it would be up to the renter to insure there’s a weather related cancellation clause in the contract.
    Heck I’m a dumbbell and I would’ve asked for at least that.
    She should submit the bill to the DNC….and see what happens

    Vog

  • Guest350 says:

    It is pretty easy to recognize the character and class of those who choose to be Republicans. This story was about a foul-mouth bus owner ripping off a tour company owner. However, some took the opportunity to turn the post into a bashing session for the President. What small minds some of you have. Hopefully, and most likely, Romney will lose. However, if he wins, it won’t be long before you’ll be singing the blues for a monumental error in judgement. You deserve him.

  • Tammy says:

    Get your money from Obama and his campaign,this shouldnt be a suprise to anyone he has not done anything he said he would and changes his mind like others change their underware

  • SurfCityTom says:

    Business is business. And the operator of the bus company signed a contract and was able and prepared to provide the contracted services.

    He did not cancel; there was a 30 day cancellation clause in the contract.

    Think he’s wrong? Use another bus company the next time you are booking an event.

  • GuestVader says:

    If the flight proceeded without you, I can see where you would not get a refund. However, the busses did not roll, so Biddle kept all the money without performing any service. He owes her at least half her money back. Maybe not legally, but sometimes a moral obligation takes precedent over the legalities. I am sure Biddle has damaged his business and reputation beyond repair, so she will be the ultimate winner in the end because she is doing what is right by her customers.

  • PJ. says:

    Hopefully all of us will remember this man’s name and the name of his business and use any bus company but his in the future. One would hope a businessman would know the value of positive word of mouth vs negative. Doing the gracious thing could have created a positive story about his bus line.His buses never left. He spent no money on gas. It is doubtful he turned away any business since it was a weekday. But all those things aside, he’s just created a public relations nightmare for himself. One angry customer can undo thousands and thousands of dollars in advertising.

  • anne says:

    When operating a business, word of mouth is your most valuable tool. Well he certainly has shown what he is. I am from Ocean Isle Beach and if I ever needed charter service, you can be sure he won’t be the one I hire. I would go to Miss Brown in Whiteville first – she has shown what she is made of and he has shown what he is made of. His filthy mouth says more about him than I want to know

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I call people names that get upset when they are called names, and yet do it themselves. That is called hypocrisy. Now what new material would you like to hear buttercup? It’s hard to come up with anything new when all we hear is the same old drivel from the left.

  • sO says:

    “This story was about a foul-mouth bus owner ripping off a tour company owner.”

    How dare you call the government foul-mouthed!!! The government built that BUSiness…like every other business. Or are you calling Obama a liar?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    from the brief glimpse displayed on screen, there was reference to a 30 day cancellation clause.

    Add to that the definition of natural disaster. An act of God is well defined. Rain, or anticipated rain, does not normally qualify as an act of god. Hurricanes and tornadoes qualify as acts of god. For the record, I do not believe the Charlotte area had significant rain on the evening in question.

    Further proof, perhaps, that more folks are not better off than 4 years ago.

    But, go ahead; retain an attorney and sue. The attorney is the only one who will win.

  • Jason says:

    Why is it assumed the guy is a Republican. There are just as many shady operators on either side of the political aisle. Just because you get your underwear in a wad, dont start making up your own facts. The only fact is the guy is a bad operator with no morals. Everything past that are just wild, unbased accusations

  • Bluesy Singer says:

    Well, my “singing the blues” voice has already been warmed up for the last 4 years, so IF Romney is as bad as Obama, I’ll already be in top form

  • Bill Powell says:

    I once got into a contract dispute over the sale of a house. The sale was supposed be through the Government (red flag). Buyer had to back out due to improper paperwork by his caseworker. Had already paid the down payment. He was supposed to be disabled. Got a letter from his attorney about his problem. My attorney wrote a letter back that I was in no way obligated to return his money. We finally came to an agreement about 6 months later. That’s why they are called contracts.

  • Guest327 says:

    Biddle appears to be taking advantage of an unfortunate situation. Very poor business practice. He will probably be out of business shortly. However, Ms. Brown should have had a stipulation in the contract (if there was one) that if she had to cancel due to reasons beyond her control, that she would not have to pay for the busses. That is just common sense and good business practice. I imagine a lot was lost by a lot of people due to the weather at both the RNC and the DNC. Just got to learn from experience, suck it up and move on.

  • Glenda Smith says:

    That’s not good business to talk to a customer like that . I would never do business with him . He has a fowl mouth

  • Janet Axelson says:

    So, now we all know what kind of company the Double M Charters is, just don’t give them any business. If everyone will boycott them, they will see that they are wrong. On the other hand, everyone use this nice lady’s bus service and she will benefit from being a good person.

  • Guest431 says:

    Send the bill to Obama. He does not mind throwing money around to bail out companies and she does have a company.

  • Guest151 says:

    Everything Obama is involved in directly or indirectly cost people money.I am sure the good people were disappointed they could not wish him well at his retirement party.If they had been able to assemble it would have been the largest gathering of the Communist Party in recent memory.

  • Guest 4545 says:

    BHO has been costing people money since January 20, 2009. If re-elected the USA will get just what it deserves, more debt and no responsibility. Take that to the bank.

  • The Major says:

    This is sad for this lady, she worked hard to fill her bus. And because Obama could not fill up the stadium he bailed. Sorry Miss Brown this is just how sorry he is. I know you want your money back, call the Obama campaign and see if you can get it for you. Sad thing for you the person whose buses you tied up for you deserves his money. I think you have more honor and character than Obama, pay your bill.

  • guesty says:

    Wow, what a piece of work Biddle is.

  • Biddle=Creep says:

    After seeing the story, it is clear That Mr. Biddle is a sheep in wolves clothing. Give those hard working people back there money you worthless piece of trash!

  • who is it says:

    beeing a citizen of this county for 50years like the news only letting you hear whats important to them ms brown has been behind several wrong doings over the years but like most people talk before they no all the facts

  • what a nobody says:

    due to your lack of knowledge and the pie hole you assume is a mouth trash not knowing the whole story or person you must be a entitlement collector becuse obvious you dont have a brain!

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