Money Tree, a big operation

There are 20 comments on the The Post-Searchlight story from Sep 3, 2010, titled Money Tree, a big operation. In it, The Post-Searchlight reports that:

The Money Tree is a big operation, its president told the breakfast crowd Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

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Former TMTer

Valdosta, GA

#117 Nov 2, 2011
I think Derek sold out to BB, and just owns the leases MT rents from.
Real time

Bainbridge, GA

#118 Nov 2, 2011
tmt39817 wrote:
Where is Derek been? Seemed like things were a little less bumpy when he was here? I havnt seen him around town for a while
Better economy when he owned.
fmrtmtemp

Barnwell, SC

#120 Nov 4, 2011
Is
like to know

Iron City, GA

#122 Nov 6, 2011
who all has been let go at the money tree????????
Billy Joe McCallaster

United States

#123 Nov 7, 2011
wa ha ha wrote:
He married Kim from Cairo. Bet she didn't know he was about to be broke or in prison. May not last as long as Kim Kardashian.
. You sure don't know much! She will make off like a bandit like Madoff's wife did just play dumb for awhile! Why do you think he ran off and got married at this point after getting the cow free all these years? Most of the loose assets will wind up hidden in some form of offshore account in her name or her alias name or kids name or mothers name you get it? Do you ever watch TV? That the way rich white collar crime works! He may have to serve some time but I dought it people in south ga are so dumb they will just let it go and we'll pray for him to give it back kind of thing?! Well it aint happening most of it if gone! Their probably is enough for him and her to finish out their life in another country on the run from the law like old man sellars did here with the oil co yall remember that don't you he never went to jail and swindled 80 million from BP never paid it back!
jeez give me a break

Donalsonville, GA

#124 Nov 7, 2011
all of these rednecks need to read what the ads said,'no guarantees by the FDIC' these were DEBENTURES, not guaranteed crap with the federal government. Jeez, at least investigate a little bit before opening ur mouths. Yes, i thinks its horribleb but, once again..........

all it boils down to is the GREEDY customers saw dollar signs and ignored the NO GUARANTEE part and just handed over their money to someone that was laughing the whole time
Billy Joe McCallaster

United States

#125 Nov 7, 2011
Did anyone hear the Clark Howard Show today? He was spending his whole show exposing the payday loan business and what it has done to people! 400 percent interest was not uncommon before the govt cracked down! Military soldiers were having too much trouble that got govts attention!
uve been mislead

Pearson, GA

#126 Nov 7, 2011
Billy Joe McCallaster wrote:
Did anyone hear the Clark Howard Show today? He was spending his whole show exposing the payday loan business and what it has done to people! 400 percent interest was not uncommon before the govt cracked down! Military soldiers were having too much trouble that got govts attention!
The Money Tree has absolutely nothing to do with payday loans. Before you bash a company and point fingers please make sure you know what you are talking about. It is obvious that you have been miss informed. I am sorry that there are people out there that has lost lots of money, but I am also sure that greed is the reason why they did! They should have thought it through a little better. It is a gamble. No one was complaining while The Money Tree was paying out crazy amounts of interest. Common sense tells us that sometimes if somethings sees to good to be true it probably is!!
personal experience

Waverly Hall, GA

#128 Nov 9, 2011
Speaking from personal experience and a very recent action that The Money Tree has taken, I know from personal experience just what kind of people are running the Money Tree. When Rudy Martin was alive yes, he did things that could have been handled differently but he was not a calculating and misleading person as BB. He is a coward and thief-- he has no consideration for anyone but himself and the welfare of himself alone. If anyone working there thinks that he will not do to you what he has done to so many families in the past couple of years then think again-- As long as he has his nice cars and his paycheck every month that is all that matters-- How could anyone be as petty about money as this and still be able to walk around showing his munchkin face around town and actually feel good about the things that he is doing-- The community in Decatur Co need to put a stop to this pint size bully-- If you can get him to answer his phone-- hopefully since he is such a computer and texting idiot he will read some of the truths that people are writing on here. But I am a firm believer that what goes around comes around and Brad Bellville will have his judgement day !!
rhsgladtobegone

Tallahassee, FL

#129 Nov 9, 2011
It seems some things never change in good old Bainbridge! The news of this and the old money guys and the good name that their dad's made stay the same. Steal from the poor and get rich and say it wasn't my fault they should have known better!! There is a special place in He!! waiting for all of you. It's a good thing you don't practice business in FL but, hey come on down, we're waiting on you and hey maybe we can put you in touch with the right people. It's called LAW ENFORCEMENT - APPARENTLY YOU aren't aware of it in Georgia - oh that's wrong - you are - you buy them!!
Real time

Bainbridge, GA

#130 Nov 10, 2011
personal experience wrote:
Speaking from personal experience and a very recent action that The Money Tree has taken, I know from personal experience just what kind of people are running the Money Tree. When Rudy Martin was alive yes, he did things that could have been handled differently but he was not a calculating and misleading person as BB. He is a coward and thief-- he has no consideration for anyone but himself and the welfare of himself alone. If anyone working there thinks that he will not do to you what he has done to so many families in the past couple of years then think again-- As long as he has his nice cars and his paycheck every month that is all that matters-- How could anyone be as petty about money as this and still be able to walk around showing his munchkin face around town and actually feel good about the things that he is doing-- The community in Decatur Co need to put a stop to this pint size bully-- If you can get him to answer his phone-- hopefully since he is such a computer and texting idiot he will read some of the truths that people are writing on here. But I am a firm believer that what goes around comes around and Brad Bellville will have his judgement day !!
What? BB took over TMT from Rudy Martin who built the company on immoral practices that prey in the uneducated and poor. Not much has changed at TMT except who runs it.
FIRM BELIEVER

Tifton, GA

#131 Nov 10, 2011
I hear tmt has closed 5 stores in a week...with more to come before the holidays..sad to say but I hope some of the employees get out before its too late....
break

Bainbridge, GA

#132 Nov 13, 2011
jeez give me a break wrote:
all of these rednecks need to read what the ads said,'no guarantees by the FDIC' these were DEBENTURES, not guaranteed crap with the federal government. Jeez, at least investigate a little bit before opening ur mouths. Yes, i thinks its horribleb but, once again..........
all it boils down to is the GREEDY customers saw dollar signs and ignored the NO GUARANTEE part and just handed over their money to someone that was laughing the whole time
So investors are considered greedy because BB and The former owners mismanaged the investors money? I see no differene in brad's lifestyle. I imagine the investors have changed theirs. You see no difference in Brad's lifestyle he and Derek
are living off the investors money.
root8282

Albany, GA

#133 Nov 13, 2011
money tree way ahead of me
like to know

Iron City, GA

#134 Nov 14, 2011
FIRM BELIEVER wrote:
I hear tmt has closed 5 stores in a week...with more to come before the holidays..sad to say but I hope some of the employees get out before its too late....
smart comment ==so where are they to find new job????
like to know

Iron City, GA

#135 Nov 14, 2011
Billy Joe McCallaster wrote:
Did anyone hear the Clark Howard Show today? He was spending his whole show exposing the payday loan business and what it has done to people! 400 percent interest was not uncommon before the govt cracked down! Military soldiers were having too much trouble that got govts attention!
clarh howard knows about everything==if you know a new big word he don,t know he may pay you $25.00 for it

Since: Nov 11

Hephzibah, GA

#137 Nov 15, 2011
Huh?
OperationLa

Atlanta, GA

#138 Nov 16, 2011
Huh??
GMC

Bainbridge, GA

#139 Nov 16, 2011
Money Tree had it's longest tenure employee resign yesterday. David Hill was with company close to 30 years. In my opinion if he had been running the company other than BB,things would be a lot different.
Ex Money Tree

Atlanta, GA

#140 Nov 16, 2011
Any update as to which branches have closed? Called the home office they said "Cousultants" had been in and would be back in three weeks. Any ideas?

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