Just looking for a bit sympathy. Just found out that I'm going to get sued by one of the big diet companies. I used to run diet and exercise classes for one of their franchisees. Recently she decided to leave suddenly and instead of closing down the classes all together I decided to carry on running my classes. I'm not really making any money but the ladies are lovely and I would miss seeing them all.
Recently this company decided to send a mystery customer to my class. I gave out a diet to this person which was left over from my old classes. I have a couple left and I thought it would be ok to give them out as I think that the diet itself is great and it would be a shame just to chuck them in the bin. In this class I also encouraged the women, as I do most classes, to sign up for the monthly magazine and look at the website for this company as I think it is very good.
This mystery customer wrote a report about me and basically the big boys are going to sue me for giving out their diet. I genuinely didn't realise that I couldn't do this and I haven't made claim to this diet and I don't claim in any way that I am working for this company. I do mention other diet companies as well.
But there you go. The problem is my friend who was the franchisee has it in her contract that she can not have anything to do with diet and fitness for 12 months. I think a mystery customer was sent out to make sure that she wasn't involved. They are so desperate to catch her out so that they can sue her for breach of contract. The sad thing is that she is not involved with the classes in anyway. I happended to mention her name on the night of the mystery shopper but it was to do with the ball that I am organising for Diabetes UK and the hospice my neice is in. That was included in the report so it's obvious that they are trying to link her to the business. I've never had a contract with them so they can't get me in any other way.
They have sent her the report and letter to say that they are suing me but I'm still waiting for mine. Needless to say I've been feeling awful all weekend. I can't sleep, I can't eat and I keep think of how much this is going to cost for a stupid innocent mistake.
It kind of takes a shine off my disney trip, especially as some of our savings are going to have to go on legal fees.
Sorry guys just needed somewhere to get this off my chest.