Sunday, March 7, 2010

Evans Brothers stiiiiiiiiiill at it

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Amy McCullough of the Mississippi Business Journal reports the Evans brothers are still operating their Gulf States Directory company:

"Employees from a phone book company operated by a man who filed for bankruptcy in October are selling ads to small business owners in Rankin and Madison counties. And money is being collected for ads for new phone books that will likely never be distributed or printed.

Rankin County books were supposed to be distributed in June but have still not been delivered due to nonpayment to the printer. The phone books’ printer, Utah-based Liberty Press, still holds 45,000 Rankin County books in its warehouse. Gulf States paid for 1,700 Rankin County books in spring 2009, which the company has distributed sparingly to stall angry customers who have inquired about books.

Gulf States has produced Metro West Jackson and Rankin and Madison county phone books for years.

Pure Air Consultants in Ridgeland wrote a check for $1,200 to Gulf States in January for their balance on advertising in the Rankin book. Employee Jennifer Sanders contacted Gulf States ad salesman James Garner early this month about distribution of the books. Garner was “extremely rude and defensive” and told Sanders that directories had been distributed and that she was welcome to come by the office to pick one up, she said. Garner told her that ad representatives were too busy selling ads for the upcoming Madison County book to handle her request personally, Sanders said.
" Article

I can personally testify to the attempts by Gulf States to sell more ads. Gulf States tried to sell an ad to a friend a few weeks ago. She called me and asked about these guys as she reads this site. She was writing out a check for several hundred dollars. The rep tried to blame everything on real estate deals gone bad, disgruntled banks, and a former employee poor-mouthing them to everyone. Thankfully for Chris Evans, my friend decided not to buy the ad after she had already written the check. However, the article reports other organizations such as the Flowood Chamber of Commerce never received their copies and the publisher still has not been paid for the directories which are still sitting in the publisher's warehouse. I also spoke to the Hinds County District Attorney's office about this case and was told if any of the injured parties file a complaint, they can investigate. However, it takes someone willing to stand up for themselves.


Anonymous said...

Actually, your friend DID buy the ad. If I get screwed, I'll be the VERY first to stand up. Keep me posted.

Anonymous said...

Oh, those boys and their rep so need a good old fashioned ass whooping.

Unknown said...

The disgruntled ex employee is probably now selling ads for some local coupon book, county connections. She came by my office peddling advertising in the coupon book and was running wild with accusations against the Evans. It was hilarious how she was voluntering all kinds of info.

Anonymous said...

When is someone going to find them and lock them up?

Susan Marquez said...

Gulf States was shady 15 or more years ago when they used deceptive tactics to sell me an ad when I was marketing director of Northpark Mall. I learned early on that there is only one REAL Yellow Pages, and that's all anyone needs, in my opinion.

Kingfish said...

Got news for ya Adam, her info was right and no one had a clue how shady these guys were.

Unknown said...

KF, I have no doubt what she said was correct. Everythig points to them being sleeze balls. I have been told some horrible stories by people close to the spouses.
But the sales ladies way of just ranting about former employer was a turn off as far as I was concerned. I want to know what you are selling and how it will benefit me not your life story which is comparable to a soap opera.

Anonymous said...

James Garner has sold me ads for years. He came by this week and left a ad copy and an invoice to be mailed to Gulf States PO Box. I wish I could have been there to give him a piece of my mind. I think he owes me a refund on last years book and no to mention the fact that he is trying to defraud me for this years book.

Anonymous said...

Right but Garner is not the ring leader though. Its Shayna Russum who is still peddling fake YPp ads for Chris Evans under the name Madison County On the Go Yellow Pages so PLEASE for goodness sakes DO NOT BUY these ads when she bops in talking about Jesus and how Christian she is'll never see your money again nor your ad. Scam Alert , you've been warned !

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