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Old 04-13-2002, 01:51 AM   #1
John Hedger
Heads up folks!,
I was taken by this guy over two years ago and have since cooled down to where it's not a personal thing...but I have seen his ads on Kingsnake within the last year under the name "John" from Coral Springs...In fact, he had a nice looking baby emerald I almost called about!!(glad I didn't!&#33<img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=''> There was a couple of posts about this guy on the second version of Rich's BOI which all got deleted when the site crashed. I just wanted to post my deal with John Paul to warn people to be wary of this guy who I am sure will surface under other names in the future. On the phone he seems like an OK guy, although not very smart...he says outrageous things like "Oh yeah, we breed Basins and sell em for $600. We just want to give people a good deal!"LoL
What follows is my original post on the first version of the BOI, which is long gone off the internet. His business on kingsnake at that time was called "Diablo Reptiles"...Be wary of anyone from Pompano Beach named John!!:

Diablo Reptiles - Deadbeat Dealer!
I know I should have been wary of a business with the name Diablo Reptiles and I know this business has gone silent on the web for some months but, should he ever reappear as Diablo or with another name for his business I want to warn people about John Paul (also may not be his real name!)of Pompano Beach,Fla.
I had a serious shipping problem with John Paul of Diablo Reptiles back in January,2000. He had a nice male Emerald Tree posted on the Kingsnake Classifieds. I bought it and sent him $350 for the snake plus $64 for Delta Dash. In his first attempt to ship he told me that Delta wouldn't let him ship because he owed them money. He then said he would have a friend of his ship the snake. When I finally received the snake on a Tuesday, it was sent freight collect and I had to pay an additional $65.88 for shipping(remember I had already paid shipping&#33<img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=''>.
I had given him specific instructions for shipping (heat paks, airport, N. O. A., my address, etc.) because it was a touchy weather situation with daytime highs in the mid to upper 40's. What I found out from Delta was that John Paul's friend had dropped the snake off at 8PM the previous night. The snake was sitting at least 6 hours at both Atlanta and Cincinnati in an unmarked box with no indication of being a live animal. When I opened the box, the snake was in a bag soaked with urates and feces, the animal was completely cold, no heat paks, not even any newspaper to pad the snake bag. The snake was alive, but within a week developed a serious respiratory problem as I knew it would.
I took the Emerald to my vet three times for Amikacin shots. He died within two months as I suspected he would. It was such a shame, because that emerald was a really nice animal. If Mr. John Paul of Diablo Reptiles had taken any care or consideration for the welfare of the animal he shipped I would have been very happy with that emerald. I guess, once he got his money, he really didn't care about keeping his customer happy or-worse-even keeping the animal he shipped alive. He initially apologized and said he would "make it right," but soon after he just deleted my emails. I guess it was just 'water under the bridge' to him.
John Hedger

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Just a note here: &nbsp;The first and second BOI are NOT lost. &nbsp;They still exist. &nbsp;However I haven't had the time to link in the first one, and I will have Danni link in the second one as soon as we can connect to discuss it. &nbsp;Sorry I haven't been able to do this sooner.

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Old 04-09-2003, 06:00 PM   #2
too close for comfort!!!

Diablo Snake Farm has no affiliation with Diablo Reptiles. we have a clean bill of buying, trading and selling reptiles and will continue to do so.

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