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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Being professional in the paranormal community


With everything going on lately, I thought it was time to finally clear the air a bit on what has transpired over the last month or so. There are a few loose ends that need to be taken care of, so for me, this is the place to do so. It's not like I haven't been attacked in the past from those seeking attention... so, here we go again...

My Personal Life

Let me start by saying, I understand that my personal life is out there quite a bit for others to see. This is my choice. I have been on TV a few times, attended numerous paranormal events, conducted many lectures, etc. Some consider me a paranormal celebrity, some do not. To each his own. In my eyes, I am a father, husband, and a paranormal investigator. At times, I would get caught up in the hype of the events and was led to believe I was more important than I originally thought. I even liked to make fun of being looked at as a paranormal celebrity by having my face put on t-shirts(...they glow in the dark btw!) I poke fun at the entire situation because... why not? All in all, it is in good fun that I do this. Most people get this, and again... some do not.

I have a strict rule I follow when it comes to my family. First and foremost, I protect my family from any and all types of vultures. Rude comments about any one of my family members equals you are on the "out" list. No apologies needed. I will never speak or pay attention to anything you do. If you want to be low-life scumbag, so be it. I don't have time for your bullshit, and neither does the rest of the world.

Once I was made aware of this recent attack on me, I decided to drop most of my paranormal friends from my personal Facebook page. Enough was enough. Who can you truly trust? That question plagued me every night for a week... so I took necessary steps to protect myself by dropping a ton of friends from my Facebook page. Wonder why the paranormal community is shrinking in numbers lately? Look no further than the backstabbing that takes place and you will find your answer.

Paranormal Disney World Trip 2015

What can I say... I should have ran this event by myself. Paranormal Disney World Trip was my idea. When I started the first Paranormal Disney World event in 2014, it was small, but had the potential to be something great. I have been attending Disney World parks nearly every year(sometimes up to 3 times a year...) since EPCOT opened on October 1, 1982. To combine Disney and the paranormal community together sounded like fun. I even had many ambitious and awesome ideas for future events. I worked my butt off making radio ads, video ads, banners, flyers, flew to Disney World for a site inspection, posted on Facebook message boards Disney related, etc. For the 2015 trip, I made a big mistake to let others into my trust circle and paid for it dearly.

For the record, I paid a large sum of money to leave behind the Paranormal Disney World Trip 2015 since the people I was working with were being extremely unprofessional. When I saw that the event was having possible financial issues and they would not work with me on cutting costs for the event, I knew I was in trouble. They would not return my calls, text message, or emails. It was only when I offered up $3,000 out of my own pocket to buyout from the event that they responded to me directly. Legally, I opted out of the event and passed off all legal and financial responsibility to this person. We had a mutual understanding and everything was taken care of in a legal and professional manner.

Professionalism

I try to remain as professional as possible when it comes to all business dealings. Events, business associates, etc. I put a "non-refundable" disclaimer on all of my events to make sure the venue is paid for... same as airline and concert tickets do. What is sad, is that this person has accused me of trying to scam people. I have never taken peoples money for events and not followed through, nor would I ever do that. Ask yourself this one question... Why would I pay $3,000 out of my own pocket to help cover expenses for the Paranormal Disney World Trip 2015, then turn around and try to scam people? Please... If you even try and go there with that ridiculous idea you would look like a foolish child seeking attention.

When I find others to be vindictive against me, I try not to return fire and call others out by name since it only draws attention to them and not the true issue at hand. It also protects me from legal retaliation of any kind. It is a smart business move on many levels.

I have also seen others making threats to harm me physically lately. I have documented all of this and currently plan on moving forward with legal action against all of the individuals involved. For New Jersey law, if a person feels threatened by another individual, they can be pursued legally and possibly sent to jail, do community service, have a permanent mark on their record, and fined heavily. If the crime was filed in New Jersey, they will also have to attend court in New Jersey where the complaint was filed. Threatening someone physically online can be considered a criminal offense in New Jersey at this time.

Cyber harassment is a new law that is picking up traction in the legal system. It is a serious issue and I for one am glad they are doing something about it. If libel defamation of character and harassment is the way you want to go, then jail could be your end game. Each state has it's own set of laws they follow. Careful what you post online. It could be your undoing and you could be threatening your own livelihood.

Last but not least.. I leave you with this:

Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. — Matthew 7:1-2