Boycott The Scouting News

November 17, 2011

Do you have a horror story about dealing with The Scouting News?

Filed under: "The Scouting News",hockey,Predatory,Victimizing — The Scouting Nazi @ 3:15 pm
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The Scouting News Scam

Boycott the Scouting News

The Boycott has put a serious dent in The Scouting Nazi’s online scam, “The Scouting News,” but he’s still doing the same things he’s always done when it comes to dissatisfied customers – he threatens them and their children.  The latest horror story was brought to our attention by Kimberly who graciously gave us permission to share it you verbatim.  Do you have a story about Benny’s antics that can help other parents and their children avoid similar heartache?  Post a comment and let us know if we have your permission to repost it for everyone on our front page.

Here’s Kimberly’s nightmare:

I subscribed to TSN last summer (June 2011) when an article was posted about my son (he’s a U16 AAA player). I felt like the fee was pretty extreme, however like other parents, wanted to see comments about my son as he’s worked extremely hard over the past few years to move forward with his hockey goals.

I only went onto the site once or twice and sent an email on August 17, 2011 requesting to cancel the subscription – of course, there’s only an email address, no phone number to contact. Yesterday (November 16, 2011) I was charged again for the subscription and promptly called the billing company, 2CO.com; they sent a message to TSN requesting to cancel and also requesting a refund for me, which after many more emails to TSN yesterday, was denied. I sent a final email to this PIG requesting the refund and calling his business practices “deplorable” and this is the response I received:

Subject line: Torin F••••••
From:
The Scouting News
To: Kimberly F******
Hello:
It is hard to work with and do business with problematic parents who send emails of the nature you are sending. I am shocked. I cancelled the order. No request to cancel has ever been received from you. I really take offence to you calling our business practices deplorable. I would be pleased to print your comments on the record for publication on our site if you feel wronged by us. I always felt your son Torin was a talented player – we’ve always had nice things to say about him and frankly I am shocked by your tone.

This will be my last email to you. I cannot respond to your emails anymore as (1) You are threatening legal action and (2) You have also threatened a charge-back.I will be more than pleased to discuss the matter with your bank when they call us regarding the charge-back. I plan to inform your bank on our policies.

If you would like me to publish your comments I would be more than pleased to accept your feedback.

Now, keep in mind this is a billing issue – and has nothing to do with my son or anything that’s been posted about my son. However he has the balls to not only reference my son in the subject line of the email, but also talk about him as if he even knows what type of player he is.  And yes, I can read between the lines in this email – I can clearly see that this PIG will post defamatory comments about me and my son, and potentially blacklist my son if I pursue this refund any further. HE’S A PIG, plain and simple. As is true with my son and all hockey players – these kids have worked their asses off to get to the level they have achieved and the mere thought of this bully thinking he has the power to destroy that dream sickens me to no end.

This website needs to go away, forever; and this “Benny”, Scouting Nazi, PIG, Bully, whatever name he chooses to go by, etc. needs to be run out of youth sports entirely. Please keep this blog going and spreading the word about this horrible person.”

September 1, 2010

And the Beat Goes On

We may never be able to shut The Scouting News down permanently, but as long as the Boycott is alive and Benny keeps leeching parents and kids, we know that we’re having an impact.  Over 25,000 visitors have checked out the boycott and we’ve seen their internet traffic and subscriptions take a dizzying dive.  The hockey world has become wise, and the Scouting Nazi has branched out into other sports in search of unsuspecting parents to prey upon their pride.  Pass on the word to parents with children in other sports – no one is safe.   Leave your stories and comments here as a warning to others.  Cancel your subscription, don’t renew, and don’t let these guys bully you.

Remember, the Boycott has nothing to do with content.  If the Scouting News wants to say that children are washed-up as Bantams or phenoms at  12-years-old, the merit of their argument does not concern the Boycott.  In fact, the Boycott supports the right of the Scouting News and any business to express itself, however ridiculous or pedantic we may find the content.  The Boycott continues for one reason only. Benny (aka Ron Holmes, aka The Scouting Nazi) has in the past targeted the children of parents who questioned his business model, complained about his service or disagreed publicly with him without apology.  He went so far as to call the coaches of these children and spread rumors and lies about their parents in a misguided attempt to protect the so-called reputation of his business.  He marginalized children and their parents, attempted to frighten and threaten them with power which he does not and has never had.  Pay this guy $200, shut your mouth, and even if your child is an average player, he’ll get a nice article written about him every year. Stop paying, disagree, or correct any of their questionable content, and you become a victim of stalking, slander, and defamation.

Scouting News Scam

Benny and the Scouting News count on the false belief of parents that children are selected for the best opportunities based on their parents’ behavior rather than their own talent and effort.  Parents who believe this are reluctant to challenge a self-professed expert.  Parents and players who have been through the system, however, will tell you that the Scouting News has no value other than personal entertainment.  Don’t Boycott the Scouting News because their articles are plagiarized or culled from submissions of middle-school children themselves.  Don’t Boycott the Scouting News because it’s filled with misspellings and poor grammar.  Don’t Boycott the Scouting News because it plainly lacks the veracity it claims to prove year after year.

Boycott the Scouting News because the person who runs it preys on the pride of parents, steals their money, and marginalizes them and their children if they raise so much as an eyebrow in disagreement.  Every cent you give them pays for childish vendettas and attempts at blacklisting.  Such behavior is contrary to everything good parents are hoping to gain for their children in competitive sports.

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