My dearest students,
A final explanation of what has gone on in the past 4 weeks, because you all deserve to understand the full story.
One week after deciding to close City Pole, I was approached by a man who offered to buy City Pole so we could keep our doors open. I went through the negotiations with him and he made me do 2 things. First he made me tell the landlord of the building that City Pole staying open, preventing another person from renting the space, which would have relieved me of the burden of paying December rent there. Second, he made me announce to all of you, the "good news" that we were not closing.
You all got excited. Frankly, so did I.
Four nights ago I learned the truth about this man, that he is actually a scam artist with a criminal record, who targets small business owners, like me. Needless to say, once this came to light, I realized that City Pole is not saved, there is no happy ending, and this man has fucked all of us over.
Below is the link that broke my heart and brought all of this to light, if you want to learn more about his criminal activity. He has lied, bullshitted, and manipulated me every step of the way. But because he is a talented career scam artist, he is very good at what he does.
My instructors all turned down other jobs because he promised us all City Pole was staying open. My students all breathed a sigh of relief knowing their home studio wasn't disappearing, many of you bought more classes and memberships. And to top it off, he cost me 2 months of rent (which you can imagine in Tribeca is VERY high) because I am now responsible for the rent he promised he would pay. This directly affects all of you.
Prior to this selfish man entering the picture, when I initially announced we were closing, I had financially planned to end things with City Pole nicely. I had enough left in my bank account to give each of my instructors a holiday check, and to be able to refund all students.
Now that he did this to us, I had to spend that on rent, and I literally have no money left. SO... here is where that leaves us:
1- If I owe you a refund, please tell me by emailing KyleeSallak@gmail.com use "REFUND" in the subject line please.
2- I am working my ass off at my new company, New York Sleep Coach, to earn the money so that I can refund you guys, but as I said, because of this man, I currently have $0 in my bank account.
3- If I owe you a refund, and you are sure you are financially safe enough to not get a refund, please be honest with yourself and let me know you are OK without a refund.
4- If I owe you a refund and ARE NOT financially safe enough to forgo the refund, then I will refund you AS SOON AS HUMANLY possible. That is a promise. I will not do to you, what he has done to me.
5- Refunds are only available to the following students:
-You have a monthly membership that began in November and you didn't get to use the classes between Nov 23- Dec 1.
-You have classes left on your 3 or 5 or 10 class pack and they are not yet expired. For example, if you bought a class pack and I look at your account and see that it expired before November 23rd, then I cannot refund you. But if you have classes remaining and your class pack expires AFTER November 23rd, then I will refund you.
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP AUTO PAY:
All auto pay memberships were stopped 4 days ago, when I realized this man is scamming us and there is no reason to keep memberships going. Please see the point 5 of the refund section to understand if you can get a refund for your monthly membership.
To wrap this up, I just need you all to know how heartbroken I am that you all trusted me that the studio was staying open, and how devastated I was to learn that this man has screwed us all over. I have had 4 days of feeling sick to my stomach, losing sleep, ashamed that I didn't see this coming, scared of what I am going to do, extremely angry at him, and heartbroken for my students and instructors.
Because I am a better person that he is, I am not going to do what I DESPERATELY want to do, and give you all his personal information to contact him yourselves and tell him how his selfish actions have hurt you personally. It is extremely tempting but for now, I am going to keep his name, cell, email and FB information to myself and resist the temptation. The high road sucks you guys. But I would not be upholding the foundation of the community I built if I lowered myself to his level for payback.
Karma will take care of him.
With deep sorrow and regret,