Laray Carr…People are Being Mean to Me

So the saga continues…a forum post at thelaw.com http://www.thelaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13956 is where you’ll find Quincy as biggboie (nice name) His question is…can he sue everyone he’s scammed? That’s a great question since there are many writers and designers he’s jilted. Maybe this is his new get rich quick scheme. Hire a bunch of honest unsuspecting writers and designers to do loads of work for you…don’t pay them…then, when they have the nerve to flex their literary muscle by posting warnings for other honest unsuspectings…Sue their pants off for calling you a %$#^ *   *& )(*&*  %$#& and dragging your good name through the mud. (Of course he’ll have to get an attorney pro bono because we all know he doesn’t pay for anything)

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Quincy seems to think all his problems started with the writers he eventually jilted. The problem started much earlier in my opinion. The Food Masters Tournament might have been his first try at—what?  It’s not clear if he set out to screw people or if it was just his first big  fiasco. Whether it was a legit enterprise that went south or a deliberate scheme, he obviously didn’t learn a thing. Why are criminals SO STUPID?

Published in: on October 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Laray Carr…We’ve Changed Our Name To Protect our Innocence

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Just a quick warning to all you designers out there. Laray Carr has been spreading the wealth among many freelance sites, now including Scriptlance. Look for Duemark and MNT Group and Liveweb to add to Quincy’s list of AKAs. A designer from Bulgaria has come forward to let everyone know he’s been working with a Bobby Carlson from CMC Group. He found them on Elance, has done over $20,000 worth of design work and now can’t get paid…sound familiar. The funniest part of this site switch is Quincy/Roger/Bobby never bother to change the wording on the ads.

He Just Changed His Name To Protect His Innocence

Published in: on October 6, 2007 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Laray Carr…The Plot Thickens

Just when things seemed to settle down, a whole load of sh&t hits the fan. Laray Carr has sorely under estimated the writers and others involved in their fiasco/scam. It seems they’ve tried to regroup, rename and move forward. The only problem in their new plan—dissension among the ranks—editors, designer/consultants and even the now infamous Hope Hunt have reversed rolls. They’ve now banded together; Hope Hunt, Stephanie ? and Shadra Bruce(appearing as a new company minion after THE LETTER came down). These three Muskateers have visited threads regarding Laray Carr, with theories and information none of the writers were aware of.  They’ve posted information and form letters for all who want to pursue this legally; letters to the FBI and more; for form letters, as well as the rest of the sordid story visit http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/09/victoria-strauss-laray-carr.html

Now it seems, with Laray Carr’s new company plan, a new Company name has emerged as well. At Elance several ads, posted under CMC Group, are looking for designers and even legal council (pro bono), all are expected to complete many hours of work before payment will be rendered(we all know when that will happen). The thing that gets me, in the ads where payment is addressed the buyer, CMC Group, rants about people expecting payment before finishing and how HE’S been ripped off. That’s rich!

- I will not use a third part escrow system.
– Please do not ask for advance payments or miles stones; please do not ask for some payment after you complete one, two, or three sites. I have been there and done that and was ripped off. Sorry just like bad buyers there are providers who lie about their skills, work, and take peoples money. I lose money you loose work. I rather have my $2000 in my hand.
– You must meet the first deadline. At that deadline all sources files must be delivered on time. You must meet the second deadline at that point all sources files must be delivered. I will require our people to test your work before payment and we will ask you to fix any problems before we pay out.
– You will be paid in full through Pay Pal, or Bank Transfer. No Western Union or Money Gram.
– Must provide samples of your work and do a mock up to show design quality

Shadra, Stephanie and Hope all say the new CMC Group is Laray Carr and Elance has been contacted. Please go to Writers Beware and read this amazing, seemingly never ending, constanly evolving scheme to—and the theories include, Ripping off investors, stealing and reselling articles witers have produced, and/or scamming advertisers for money. Look at the information and make your ouwn decision. 

Published in: on October 4, 2007 at 2:19 pm  Comments (5)  
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ReinTarnation-Get the definition here!

THE WASHINGTON POST’S STYLE INVITATIONAL once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

And now…. Drumroll please

18. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

 

Published in: on October 3, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Laray Carr…Feeling The Hurt

Well, since the letter came down on Tuesday the web has been flooded with personal accounts of writers situations and dealings with both Hope Hunt and Laray Carr. From blogs to websites to forums the word is out on how Laray Carr dumped their writers after weeks of leading these writers to believe their content had not only been accepted but would be printed and paid for. Laray Carr stated that work was inferior and some may have been, if you’d like to see a piece that was rejected by Laray Carr visit http://www.gomestic.com/Cooking/A-History-of-the-Amazing-Pumpkin.48686 

Decide for yourself whether Laray Carr knows what they’re talking about.

Published in: on September 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm  Comments (3)  
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Laray Carr…The Final Verdict?

Although the original payment date of September 20th passed without a whisper from Laray Carr, writers were up in arms. Hope Hunt finally replied that although release of now 40 new magazines was moved back to October 1st or 5th (some even said November) the writers would still be paid early. She would get back to writers by Friday 9/21 or Monday 9/24. Meanwhile the shell of a website went up and down as writers picked apart every aspect of the site, from spelling and grammar errors to circulation fantasy totals. The two main comment blogs were rampant with  speculation and inunedo regarding the dubious owner Quincy Laray Carr, and the possible gains Quincy and his coherts had in mind when they started this fiasco.

Commenters came from every corner of the globe as the realization set in, payment was probably not coming. Many writers as well as designers stated their opinions of Laray Carr, Roger Owens and Hope Hunt…most of these were less than flattering. 

Monday came and went and with it the revealing of a contact phone number and company address other than Quincy’s grandmother’s address in Terrell Texas. I’m sure the phone was ringing off the hook and several blog commenters stated that a Mr. Tim Baker had been referred to writers and his comments regarding the quality of writers work was in question. All writers would be updated tomorrow 9/25 .

Some time on Tuesday the e-mail came down and the sh%t hit the fan

3010 LBJ Freeway  Suite 1200  Dallas, TX 75234
Phone: (972) 888.6090  Fax: (972) 888.6091 http://www.laraycarr.net
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Dear Writer,
On behalf of the Laray Carr Company, I would like to thank you for the article(s) you
have submitted to be published in our magazine publication(s).
Unfortunately, we will not be using your work in our publication(s) because of the
misunderstandings that arose in the current writers’ contract, and the contract’s
inability to express the clear operating terms for usage of articles submitted by
freelance or contributing writers.
To verify our working procedures, we abide by industry standards when working with
writers who submit article(s) for review to be published in any of our magazine
publications. I would like to clarify our policies and procedures for writers who choose
to submit articles to our company
 All work must be authentic, well-researched, and original
 Writers who submit articles to our company should also provide sources and
back ground information on article viability
 If we decided to publish your article, you will be paid in full the amount agreed to
by the company and the writer (upon publication of the magazine).
 Writers will receive credit (byline) in the magazine(s) for which they have written.
 If we do not publish your article, the article will be destroyed and the writer will be
notified that the company will not use the submitted work.
 Our company only owns rights to articles published and paid for – no exceptions.
 Any articles not published or used by our company remain the sole property of
the writer. The writer retains all publication and copyright control of the work and
can be submitted to other publications. The company has no obligation to pay for
works not used under any circumstances.
We practice industry standards when dealing with all freelance writers who write for
our publications. Our policy assures that our editorial staff notifies all writers
regarding the acceptance or denial of article submissions.
Again, we will not be publishing the work you have submitted prior to this date. If you
have interest in writing for our company or any of our publications in the future, feel
free to contact us anytime.
Sincerely,
Dean S. Person
VP of Corporate Development

-END-

Every single writer received this letter as an attachment to an automated e-mail.

Now mind you, until now every writer was under the assumption that their work had been accepted…no revision requests had been received… no refusal letters. Every writer had only Hope Hunt as their company contact as editors later stated they had no access to writers. Hope continually assured writers they’re work had been accepted and they would be paid. Writers took her word but many saved e-mails with her assurances.
Of course the two blogs were rampant with comments and one has now had well over 200 comments and just today was finally shut down because of mudslinging by many frusterated writers. Despite these unfortunate results, writers have a very big plus on their side…comments from individual websites and other online platforms are quite visible by simply googling Laray Carr. If this company is indeed a scam they have garnered a huge display of bad press. If they are legit they are going to be facing an uphill battle trying to find writers of quality to fill their publications as the news of how they have previously treated writers is all over the internet.
As Laray Carr is learning
THE WRITTEN WORD IS A POWERFUL TOOL AND THE INTERNET BRINGS INFORMATION TO ALL.

Published in: on September 27, 2007 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Are You Smarter than a Third Grader?

Subject: WHAT STARTS WITH ‘F’ and ENDS WITH ‘K’  (its not what you think!)

 A first-grade teacher, Ms. Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students.

The teacher asked, “Harry, what’s your problem?”

Harry answered, “I’m too smart for the 1st grade.  

My sister is in the 3rd grade and I’m smarter than she is!  

I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!”

Ms. Brooks had had enough.  

She took Harry to the principals office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to

the principal what the situation was.  The principal told Ms. Brooks he

would give the boy a test.  If he failed to answer any of his questions he

 was to go back to the 1st grade and behave.  

 She agreed.

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Harry: “9.”

 Principal: “What is 6 x 6?

Harry: “36.”

 And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

 The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her,

“I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade.”

 Ms. Brooks says to the principal,

“Let me ask him some  questions.”

 The principal and Harry both agreed.

 Ms. Brooks asks,

“What does a cow have four of that I have only  two of?”

Harry, after a moment: “Legs.”

 Ms Brooks:

“What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?”

The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!

 Harry replied: “Pockets.”

 Ms. Brooks:

 “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

Harry: “Pants.”

 Ms. Brooks:

What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?”

 Harry: “Coconut.”

The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.

 Ms. Brooks:

“What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and  sticky?”

 The principals eyes opened really wide and before he could stop  the answer,

 Harry replied, “Bubble gum.”

 Ms. Brooks:

“What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?”

 Harry: “Shake hands.”

 The principal was trembling.

 Ms. Brooks:

“What word starts with an ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means a lot of heat and excitement?”

 Harry: “Firetruck.”

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher,

 “Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I just got the last seven questions wrong…..”

Published in: on September 22, 2007 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Open Mouth Insert Foot

(On September 17, 1994, Alabama’s Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and Why?

Answer: “I would not live forever, because we should not
live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever,
then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever,
which is why I would not live forever,”

–Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

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“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids
all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love
to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and
death and stuff.”
–Mariah Carey


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“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very
important part of your life,”
–Brooke Shields, during an interview to become
Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.


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“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,”
–Winston Bennett,
University of Kentucky basketball forward.

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“Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the
lowest crime rates in the country,”
–Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

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“I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through
our papers. We are the president.”
–Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of
subpoenaed documents.

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“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death
by a jackass, and I’m just the one to do it,”
–A congressional candidate in Texas.

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“Half this game is ninety percent mental.”
–Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

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“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s
the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
–Al Gore, Vice President

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“I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.”
–Dan Quayle
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“We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much
clean air do we need?”
–Lee Iacocca
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“The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A
genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” -
–Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

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“We don’t necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude
certain types of people.”
–Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.


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“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
–Bill Clinton, President

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“We are ready for an unforeseen event that
may or may not occur.”
–Al Gore, VP
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“Traditionally, most of Australia’s imports come
from overseas.”
–Keppel Enderbery

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“Your food stamps will be stopped effective
March 1992 because we received notice that
you passed away. May God bless you. You may
reapply if there is a change in your circumstances”
–Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

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“If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack
in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their
heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when
they wake up dead, there’ll be a record.”
–Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman
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Feeling smarter yet?
Send it on to your brilliant friends.
I just did!!

Published in: on September 16, 2007 at 7:46 pm  Comments (4)  

Lessons Learned

WISDOM

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, or I may not follow.  Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s
newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force.’ It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you
need it.

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Bed?

A young man called Chris invited his mother for dinner, during the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how handsome Chris’s Flatmate, Simon, was.
She had long been suspicious of her son Chris’s sexual orientation.
Simon’s presence only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Chris and his flatmate than met the eye.
Reading his mum’s thoughts, Chris volunteered, ‘I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Simon & I are just flatmates’.
About a week later, Simon came to Chris saying, ‘Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the frying pan, you don’t suppose she took it do you?’
‘Well I doubt it, but I’ll email her just to be sure’ said Chris. So he sat down and wrote:

DEAR MOTHER,
I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DID’ TAKE THE FRYING PAN FROM MY HOUSE, I’M
NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DID NOT’ TAKE THE FRYING PAN BUT THE FACT REMAINS
THAT IT HAS BEEN MISSING EVER SINCE YOU WERE HERE FOR DINNER.LOVE CHRIS
Several days later, Chris received an email from his mother which read:

DEAR SON,
I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DO’ SLEEP WITH SIMON, AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT
YOU ‘DO NOT’ SLEEP WITH SIMON, BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT IF HE WAS
SLEEPING IN HIS OWN BED, HE WOULD HAVE FOUND THE FRYING PAN BY NOW.
LOVE MUM

Lesson of the day,

NEVER LIE TO YOUR MOTHER

Published in: on September 12, 2007 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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