On Your Side - Ken Amaro Answers Your Mail

By Ken Amaro First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Our first letter is from Blair who lives in Jacksonville and is not happy with his pest control company. Full Story
Crimson Dynamo

Ponte Vedra, FL

#61 Oct 8, 2009
Bob in Orange Park wrote:
I'm having a problem trying to collect my 401K after being laid off in March of this year.I've been calling the company for over 3 weeks and nobody seems to take me seriously. I did however mention that I'd be contacting someone from the television station about this and finally received a call, but then a week later nothing. Do you have any suggestions?
You "could" roll your 401K over to another company such as Charles Schwab, Fidelity or another "discounter" investment firm.
THEY will contact your employer for you and get the transfer done and you don't have to talk to our old company.
They would love the business and you can then take your money out if you like. I recommend Vanguard or Fidelity.
A bank can do the same thing but they have "fees" associated with their IRA's. At least every bank I know has fees on rollovers.
L in OP

Winston Salem, NC

#62 Oct 19, 2009
Dear Ken
I am a disabled vet. In 1997 I filed bankrupt for medical reasons. I have not had a major credit card since. 3 years ago, there was pretty much nothing that wasn't suppose to be on the report. This year with the economy crunch n financially struggling like everyone else, I applied for a loan. Since then I n family members have been receiving calls and letters from "so called" attorneys offices with collection treats n demands for money. They want info from me, but when I ask questions, they get defensive and rude. One so called attorney is treatening with summons, judgement n garnishment of salary if I do not pay on a debt that is apparently from 2001 (given benefit of doubt 8yrs ago). He also made the suggestion that "making a police report might help, but would not get it dismissed because "I" acted to late, his office does not accept anything after 2 years of the initial report and neither would any judge or court." Is it not beyond the statue of limitations (7 years) to make any claims on this debt? Since I filed for bankruptcy n possibliy this was part of that procedings is it not against the law to be demanding any collections? Since nothing out of ordinary on credit report in all those years, including past 3 yrs, Why? is it I hit my own credit for a loan and suddenly I am overwhelmed with ridiculous letters and calls from collectors. Please advise as to what can be done. I am financilly limited as the rest of the world is today and it seems that these "so called" attorneys attack when you are at your weakest and hound you to the ground. Are they the new professional scam artists, or is this a NEW BREED of Bully Attorneys our government and Law Schools are producing in Corportate America?
Thank You
L

Since: Sep 09

Pomona Park, FL

#63 Oct 19, 2009
William wrote:
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Fred, I think you should probably call Ken at the station. Never seen him say a thing on this site.
Call Consumer Affairs through the city of Jax.
They may be able to help you.
Sounds like you are dealing with an unlicensed repair shop.
Would love to know who did the repairs?
You can sue them in small claims court as well.
Ken,
I need to get termite treatment for my home. Who is the cheapest?
Harley2004

Hastings, FL

#64 Mar 29, 2010
I live in an apartment complex that has rented an apt. to a minor--her mother co-signed the lease.
This very young woman makes so much noise and has several boyfriends who play loud music, foul language and are keeping a lot of other renters awake all night. Especially between 1-4am. So, far the management has not done anything to stop this situation except to speak to her mother. I am the unfortunate one who lives under her. Another gentleman shares several walls with her and has told me some appalling things. We both are going to talk with management tonight. The management won't do anything if only a few people complain and we all have called the non-emergency police. What can we do to resolve this situation?? We all work and need our sleep. they told me she was moving--to a downstairs apt. This will not remedy the situation of all the obscenities we hear outside.
jessica pagano

Hollywood, FL

#66 Feb 23, 2011
I live in Hunters Run apts. Maintence here replaced a pipe on the top floor and didn't glue it in. They turned the water back on and it wasn't sealed. It flooded the upstairs apt and came through my ceiling through my vents and alarm detector and light fixtures. After going to the office with the problem they had to return to the office 3 times with the wrong key to get in. Due to mold I lost my couch, love seat, rocking chair I rocked my babies in and a massager, and my throw rug was ruined. I was forced to throw away all my furniture. I had to use my dining room chairs in my living room to have seats to sit in. I wasn't in my apt for a week. I slept on a blow up mattress with my 8 year old daughter. My husband and son slept on our neighbors couch for a week. My apt was inhabitable. The apt manager Eric explained my furniture wasn't worth replacing and they weren't taking responsibility for them causing the flood. They took 200 dollars off my rent only for me not staying in my apt. I waited a month for a responce to my damages and was told all they wanted was the rest of the balance of rent paid soon of 601 dollars. Now in 7 days I am to also pay another 801 dollars. I am concerned there is mold in my apt. I still have the original carpet that the was wet. I have to wait until there budget premitts them to install new carpet in my apt. I think this is wrong. I am a good renter. I pay my rent on time. This is not how someone should be treated. I do believe they should've offered to pay half of the damages lost. I don't have renters insurance. It is not inforced to have. This flood was a result of their employees and I shouldn't be responsible for replacing damages I did not cause. Please respond and help.
Crimson Dynamo

Jacksonville, FL

#67 Feb 24, 2011
jessica pagano wrote:
I live in Hunters Run apts. Maintence here replaced a pipe on the top floor and didn't glue it in. They turned the water back on and it wasn't sealed. It flooded the upstairs apt and came through my ceiling through my vents and alarm detector and light fixtures. After going to the office with the problem they had to return to the office 3 times with the wrong key to get in. Due to mold I lost my couch, love seat, rocking chair I rocked my babies in and a massager, and my throw rug was ruined. I was forced to throw away all my furniture. I had to use my dining room chairs in my living room to have seats to sit in. I wasn't in my apt for a week. I slept on a blow up mattress with my 8 year old daughter. My husband and son slept on our neighbors couch for a week. My apt was inhabitable. The apt manager Eric explained my furniture wasn't worth replacing and they weren't taking responsibility for them causing the flood. They took 200 dollars off my rent only for me not staying in my apt. I waited a month for a responce to my damages and was told all they wanted was the rest of the balance of rent paid soon of 601 dollars. Now in 7 days I am to also pay another 801 dollars. I am concerned there is mold in my apt. I still have the original carpet that the was wet. I have to wait until there budget premitts them to install new carpet in my apt. I think this is wrong. I am a good renter. I pay my rent on time. This is not how someone should be treated. I do believe they should've offered to pay half of the damages lost. I don't have renters insurance. It is not inforced to have. This flood was a result of their employees and I shouldn't be responsible for replacing damages I did not cause. Please respond and help.
Jessica,
Ken does not follow this thread at all...you should contact him at TV12, go to the First Coast News website or call them or just go downtown Jax, they are near Everbank Stadium.
I will say this, you need to look into the Florida Landlord Act of 1974 and its amendments...go the MyFlorida website and you can find all the laws that cover your rights of an apartment renter.
When you communicate with the owner, you MUST use "certified mail" and give them notice about what you want done with deadline, such as repairs and compensation for lost property.
You can also pay all of your rent to the court until the issues are resolved without penalty.
Hope you took photos or videos of damages and have been keeping good records and receipts.
You are in the drivers seat on this one...the only problem you may have is they may not have the resources to pay...you never know, they may be going belly-up. Good luck.
jessica pagano

Hollywood, FL

#68 Feb 25, 2011
Crimson Dynamo wrote:
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Jessica,
Ken does not follow this thread at all...you should contact him at TV12, go to the First Coast News website or call them or just go downtown Jax, they are near Everbank Stadium.
I will say this, you need to look into the Florida Landlord Act of 1974 and its amendments...go the MyFlorida website and you can find all the laws that cover your rights of an apartment renter.
When you communicate with the owner, you MUST use "certified mail" and give them notice about what you want done with deadline, such as repairs and compensation for lost property.
You can also pay all of your rent to the court until the issues are resolved without penalty.
Hope you took photos or videos of damages and have been keeping good records and receipts.
You are in the drivers seat on this one...the only problem you may have is they may not have the resources to pay...you never know, they may be going belly-up. Good luck.
Thank you for the advice. I am trying to get someone to come in the apt to check for mold. I am buying a house in the next few months. I learned a valuabe lesson that even in an apt you should have insurance. I plan to break my lease due to it being inhabitable. Thank you again!
crazy luke

United States

#69 Feb 25, 2011
Ken,

I see little green men coming out of your mouth evrytime I see your face on TV,why does this happen? Do you eat green men? Ken, why are you so fat? Could it be your not from earth? Ken, could youlive without eating for a whole month, my Dad say your a fat slub and you could. Gee Ken I'm 30 years old and when I grown up I want to just as fat and stupid as you.
Barbara Jones

High Springs, FL

#70 Feb 26, 2011
Ken, could you checx out a company called Wyze Money in Arizona they are calling my husband everey day trying to get him to sign up for a web site advertisment and they want him to make up 3 and they want $390.00 just to get the kit. These people has got my husband wanting to get this and I an telling him to not do it because I think it is a scam. Please help us out before they get goog. I tryed to tell him if it ask for mon ey up front it is a scam Please help us.
Mr K A

Jacksonville, FL

#71 Feb 26, 2011
Barbara Jones wrote:
Ken, could you checx out a company called Wyze Money in Arizona they are calling my husband everey day trying to get him to sign up for a web site advertisment and they want him to make up 3 and they want $390.00 just to get the kit. These people has got my husband wanting to get this and I an telling him to not do it because I think it is a scam. Please help us out before they get goog. I tryed to tell him if it ask for mon ey up front it is a scam Please help us.
Your husband is S T U P I D.
Love,
Ken
Barbara

AOL

#72 Feb 28, 2011
I wrote yesterday regarding a place called Wyze Money i arizona. They want to help us earn money by working for them they also want 395.00 money for the kit to get started on. Please ken can you help us I tell my husband don't do it but he want listyen to me. please help me
Lady P

United States

#73 Apr 23, 2011
Why don't clothes store such as CITI-Trends
Do not have restroom facility for public use in cases of emergency plz check into this matter we spend too much money into their store to b uncomfortable
ms bee

Jacksonville, FL

#75 Jun 20, 2011
Hello Ken I wanted to share this store with you. I dont know if much can be done at this point however I feel that Jacksonville needs to be aware of a local gospel artist name Troy Sneed. 6yr years ago a very close freind of mines spoke to Mr. Sneed and they mad a verbal agreement that Mr. Sneed would produce my friends CD well since Mr. Sneed is a well known local gospel singer who has produce several of his own CD's we trusted him (i know bad mistake) well needless to say he has taken well over $8000 + from my friend he started the CD and until this day he never finished the job he dont call and he dont return any of our phone calls now, at this point we have accepted this as a loss and since it has been over 6yrs we know that the statue of limtation has passed and since we didnt have a written contract (our first mistake)there really isnt much at this point that we can do. But here is the thing Ken we found out that there are two more young ladies that he has done the exact samething to and he is stiil produce his new CD. Can we local and broadcast this I think the of Jacksonvill should be aware of this maybe he will stop taken the advanatage of innoncent people, people really do trust this guy he is well know he has a wife and kids and he is ripping people off left and right know has every came forth and said anything about this but i think its time for Mr. Sneed to put up are shut up.. This must stop i dont think it is fair that he keep doing people like this is it away that we can broadcast this on the news so other innocent people wont be taken by?
wow

Jacksonville, FL

#76 Jun 21, 2011
what a bunch of crummy posts here

the guy tries....why pick him apart???

bow tie and being black have NOTHING to do with his mission

like him myself.....he needs to loose weight but other than that good fellow there...;)
Crimson Dynamo

Jacksonville, FL

#77 Jun 21, 2011
ms bee wrote:
Hello Ken I wanted to share this store with you. I dont know if much can be done at this point however I feel that Jacksonville needs to be aware of a local gospel artist name Troy Sneed. 6yr years ago a very close freind of mines spoke to Mr. Sneed and they mad a verbal agreement that Mr. Sneed would produce my friends CD well since Mr. Sneed is a well known local gospel singer who has produce several of his own CD's we trusted him (i know bad mistake) well needless to say he has taken well over $8000 + from my friend he started the CD and until this day he never finished the job he dont call and he dont return any of our phone calls now, at this point we have accepted this as a loss and since it has been over 6yrs we know that the statue of limtation has passed and since we didnt have a written contract (our first mistake)there really isnt much at this point that we can do. But here is the thing Ken we found out that there are two more young ladies that he has done the exact samething to and he is stiil produce his new CD. Can we local and broadcast this I think the of Jacksonvill should be aware of this maybe he will stop taken the advanatage of innoncent people, people really do trust this guy he is well know he has a wife and kids and he is ripping people off left and right know has every came forth and said anything about this but i think its time for Mr. Sneed to put up are shut up.. This must stop i dont think it is fair that he keep doing people like this is it away that we can broadcast this on the news so other innocent people wont be taken by?
Ms Bee,
Ken does NOT monitor Topix. You will need to contact him through WTLV which is located downtown Jacksonville (directly across from the stadium) or you can email him through the First Coast News website or try calling.
Doing an advertising blitz on Topix about this thief may produce results or like you mention, warn others.
A publication that seems to like addressing things like this is Folio Magazine here in Jax. Contact there managing editor.
Good luck.
Marlin Slleman

Palatka, FL

#78 Oct 12, 2011
Dear ken;
I hope you could help me; I signed up with a consignment store called "The Has Been Hen"; the deal was if she sells my stuff it would be divided 50-50; She has my stuff over 3 months I noticed that she skipped town; the store was empty; however her cell phone still works, but she doesnot return my calls; I like to have my stuff back a lot of this stuff is antique and very unique; Please, Please help me get my stuff back; I have receipts for all the stuff that she took in on consignment.
Thank
Marlin from Palatka Florida
David n Reese

Jacksonville, FL

#80 May 23, 2012
who can stop the wrong when it is the people who sworn to up-whole the law is the people who is doing wrong, My little girls was rape and the sheriff office and the state attorney office and the office of public defender along with two judges are trying to help the department of children an families, Micheal Carrigan who gave my little girls to a drug addict grandmother, Nannette Uhler and it was her son,David Branch who rape my little girls, But i was the person that was put in jail and had to go Pro-se to defend myself,So what do i suppose to do to help my kids when i am going against the people who suppose to up-whole the law,Case-State of florida VS. David Nathaniel Reese,CLERK NO:162010CF012213AXXMA-Divisio n:JV-B, All imformation has been file by me when i was in jail and had to go Pro-se and defend myself
David n Reese

Jacksonville, FL

#83 May 23, 2012
people if anyone know of any pro-bona lawyers do call my uncle or send imformation to 6226 Barnes road apt12 jacksonville fl.32216, Thank You and to the people who run long distance races and know me by my running name for the Gate river run held in march, I am Star Reese, Born 3 24 76, Now your know what i been.
David n Reese

Jacksonville, FL

#84 May 23, 2012
I want to know why is Jennifer Urban working with kids,She know that Micheal Carrigan done wrong toward my kids and she also know that my kids said that i did not do anything to them,But she will not do her job by law because she suppose to report the wrong of her co-worker,Micheal Carrigan and she is not the only person who know about the wrong that Micheal Carrigan had done there is other co-workers who try to help with the cover-up of the wrong doing of Micheal Carrigan,It is my belief that the department of children an families,Child welfare legal department,at 921 north davis street,Building B,Suite160,jacksonville,Florid a 32209, They need to be investigated because my kids was rape and these people at these company did nothing but let a innocent man sit in jail when they do know that my kids needed me,They all try to help with the cover-up of the wrong that there co-worker had done,The state was trying to give me 30 years to life and the department of children an families and the jewish community center did nothing but hope that i get time so that no-one could find out the truth about the wrong they all had done by protecting a child rapist and letting him stay free to protect the wrong that they had done,So why is Jennifer Urban and others working with kids
David n Reese

Jacksonville, FL

#85 May 23, 2012
these are the people who try to help Micheal Carrigan to keep me in jail,Det.D.L.Beasley6366 sheriff office - Fran Cuchiara,3715 san jose place suite 1- Dawn Hawn,First coast protection team,4539 Beach Boulevard,4100 Building-Tina Larson 3751-1 san jose place- F.L.Matthews60844 sheriff office-R.S.Mckean5372 sheriff office-B.W.Muirhead67388 sheriff office-R.W.Palmer6216 sheriff office-Rachel Thomas,First coast child protection team,4539 Beach Boulevard,4100 Building-Deena Janan Bateh0043261,State attorney office-Judge Virginia Norton,So all these people know that i did not rape my little girls,But to help Micheal Carrigan they all let a child rapist stay free

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