It’s Friday again, this week’s “Friday Letter from America” is a little light hearted from our usual fare, it may just be that our roving reporter Irene is on holiday (sorry vacation for you across the pond).
Well, on that subject, they have been very busy again, contacting owners in the UK with the wonderful news that their timeshare resort is in court at the end of this month. Not bad considering the client hasn’t even instigated any legal action or even Knew they had a claim!
This particular reader also had a very lucky escape, he felt that he could not have a claim against his timeshare resort as he purchased in England and not Spain. He then searched the web and found Inside Timeshare, with all the articles and warnings we have published about this “SCAM”, he contacted us for advise.
We confirmed that he could not make a claim in Spain as it did not come under Spanish law, he also purchased before 1999 and has never made any upgrades. It just makes you wonder how many have actually paid this lot, as the cases we have reported on are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
“So it`s goodbye from them (Silverpoints) and goodbye from them/him, (the Harry Taylor dictatorship known as TATOC.) The other directors seizing the opportunity to do like Emily Collins and Christine Roberts and clamber into the lifeboats. Unfortunately the directorship indemnity insurance makes them all jointly and severally responsible if any illegal activities have taken place and because they did not insist on correct and acceptable company governance and transparency they must all now be very worried as to their positions re the responsibilities. They had to see that the company was being run in a professional manner. They were all made aware of this but chose to ignore the warnings”.
“It is understood that Harry Taylor will now be pursued through the courts personally for trying to bring another business into disrepute”.
“As predicted on here years ago and before this forum was taken over by its present admin. The house of cards that is timeshare is beginning to crumble because of its greed and shortsightedness in refusing to reform having persuaded the EU Commission to allow them to police themselves”.
So that really does say it all, one opinion shared by many. Now on with this Friday’s letter.
To Diamond CEO Michael Flaskey from Don and Irene
Please fix your Pool Table!
A Sedona Arizona Los Abrigados Resort Review by Irene Parker
Cinco de Mayo 2017
My husband Don and I are staying at Diamond’s Los Abrigados property in Sedona for two weeks. Having researched Diamond’s executive compensation, I learned that former CEO David Palmer earned $25 million in two years and former CEO Stephen Cloobeck was allowed 50 hours annual use on the most expensive aircraft in the Diamond fleet prior to the Apollo acquisition (for non-business purposes). I would think a little money could be allocated to fixing the pool table at your Spoke and Wheel tavern and eatery.
My husband and I have been shooting pool at Los Abrigados since 2008. Having met in a pool hall 35 years ago, pool is important to us. And it’s not just important to us. There are six to twelve pool enthusiasts who sadly told me they have been trying to convince Diamond to fix the pool table for two years.
Now a pool table may not sound that important to you Mr. Flaskey, but when you met your husband in a pool hall 35 years ago, playing pool is important. As we really have nowhere to shoot pool where we live, our pool shooting vacation at Los Abrigados is what our vacation is all about. As a matter of fact, the pool tables at Los Abrigados had a lot to do with us buying a timeshare from ILX prior to Diamond’s acquisition.
In your recent interview on FOX Business with Maria Bartiromo, you said you leave your card at the front desk, which leads us to believe you actually care and intervene on behalf of owners who face timeshare challenges after purchasing at Diamond Resorts.
On the positive side, we received good value for our points for our stay here, our unit is very nice, and the staff, especially Daniela serving patrons in the pool table area, is exemplary.
But back to the pool table
The pockets are shot, the rails are shot and they keep moving the table which throws off the balance. A pool table has a slate bottom so you have to be careful how you move it.
I was afraid to play the locals, as they brought their own sticks, because Diamond only provides two sticks. Two sticks!
My new pool playing friends and I eagerly await your response. You never know what may be important to a guest. In our case, the pool table says it all.
Thank you for listening,
Don and Irene
There we have it, another week over in this murky but sometimes humorous world of timeshare, one just never knows what is going to happen next. Maybe the rogue developers and resorts might just get the hint, if they don’t change how they operate, they won’t have a business to operate!
Inside Timeshare again thanks all those who contribute to the articles and especially those who send us the information about some of the dubious firms that are out there. Without you, others will fall into their traps.
Have a good weekend and we hope the weather is great to get out and have BBQ.