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Subject: COMPLAINT about Faiyo
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:36:55 -0400
From: angela at booklocker <email@example.com>
August 18, 2008
Filip Knesl (Owner) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Faiyo / Faiyo.com
Salvatorska 10, Prague 1
110 00, Czech Republic
+420 603 169 549
+420 731 949 309
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Subject: Whispers and Warnings
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 19:14:18 +0000 (GMT)
This past winter, I briefly lived in Prague, Czech Republic. During
that time I found casual work writing for an online magazine called
Faiyo. I mostly wrote short fiction for the magazine, but was not
limited strictly to fiction. Articles were typically a maximum of
seven-hundred words. During my time in Prague, all I needed to do to
receive payment was to walk down to the magazine's head office and they
would pay me on the spot. I developed a good working relationship with
the magazine's owner and small staff.
In March I discovered that I would have to leave Prague. I informed the
magazine that I would be leaving but would still like to work for them
from Canada (where I currently live). The owner and editors readily
agreed and told me that we could work out payment options through Pay
Pal or bank transfers. The owner even gave me his business card and
asked me to try to find advertisers for the magazine in Canada. I told
him that I would do my best.
After arriving home, and roughly throughout a two month period, the head
editor of Faiyo emailed me requesting work for upcoming issues. I
complied and ended up writing four articles/stories, which the magazine
published on their website. However, no payment was ever received for
this work. After emailing them the first time regarding payment, I was
told that they wouldn't be using Pay Pal and therefore I would need to
send them my banking information. Once again, I complied. Then I
waited. And waited. And waited. Nothing. When I emailed the magazine
again to see what the problem was, the owner informed me that he had
sent the money and that it should be in my bank account. I then
proceeded to check my bank account, asking at the bank if any payment
had been placed in my account from overseas sources. The answer was no.
I had records of account transactions going back two months printed
out. No record of any payment from overseas.
Several days later, I received an email from Faiyo asking me to write
another article for them for an upcoming issue. I responded by saying
that I would love to write for them again, but first I would like to
receive the money I was owed for past articles. There was no response
to this email.
Next I emailed the owner of Faiyo, who incidentally is named Filip
Knesl, asking him to send me the name of the bank he dealt with when he
sent my money, as well as the transaction number for the transfer of the
funds. The email was not returned. I repeated this email several times
through the weeks, but have still to date, received no response.
Faiyo owes me just over $280. I don't want anyone else to be cheated in
the manner in which I was cheated.
All the best,