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Beware: Athena (the Jackal)

WHO: Athena The Jackal

WHERE: Biggest Little Fur Con 2017
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/athenathejackal
Telegram: @athenathejackal
FA: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/~athena~/


WHAT: headshot Perler bead badge

WHEN: June 4, 2017 - present

EXPLAIN: I realize some of my Twitter photos are out of order and I’m omitting a LOT of our arguing in-between some posts, but feel free to peruse her public Twitter for the full conversation as well as her attitude toward dealing with myself and others.

I commissioned Athena for a Perler bead badge on June 4, 2017 at BLFC. I paid somewhere near $130 in cash, so I have zero paper trail. (A stupid move on my part, I know) At this point I have accepted I will not be getting a refund, and at this point I don’t even know when or if I’ll be getting my badge.

We never really had good contact, but I’m a relatively patient person. As you can see from my Telegram posts, I let months sometimes slide in-between contact with her before trying to get something from her.

On November 16 on Telegram, she said that my badge would be completed by MFF, and then shipped to me after the show. When nothing came about it, I asked again about my badge and on January 11 was told my badge would be done “at the end of next week”.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=13RzS3kgroWv8RZOhmepHr4pBYtPpyO_L

On January 10 on Twitter, she posted a batch of badges she recently completed — mine was not among them. I still have no clue what the size of her queue is, since she doesn’t have it publicly posted, so naturally I get worried.

It takes her another solid TWO MONTHS from the original post to finally come forward about what’s happened to her. On March 15, she starts replying to messages, saying that her PayPal was hacked, and she had a bunch of personal drama going on. I totally get that real life sometimes takes over, and she did show another batch of badges March 31 that were finished. I don’t know how long it takes to make these badges, but I think I have waited long enough.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-oUSM7y4zAeWTC7_hlrwYpTiLavLuaHa

Little did I know her queue was over 200 people deep by the time I commissioned her at BLFC’17. My commission is “11th from the bottom.”
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J1h-7LTavLznLvLFpSIXHzML_sYy1mff

She told me on Twitter she was doing badges in order of who’s angrier. I’m not good at being angry, and I haven’t been particularly vocal about her until recently, so apparently people on her queue have been shuffled around ahead of me. Of course, no one knows this because she has no public queue visible anywhere. I told her she should stick to her queue in order of who ordered first, and not jump around.

Due to the insane wait I’ve already had (uninformed on wait due to no public queue) and her saying that she’s doing the badges out of order, I requested a refund. Instead of offering a solution for her to get my refund, she merely showed me the screenshots of her PayPal and bank statement a second time, telling me how she had bills coming up. In order for me to get my refund, she tells me that I have to find someone to take my spot, essentially advertise for her. I’m sorry, but finding my refund is not my job. I told her this, repeated that I wanted my refund, and said I would be taking my business elsewhere. I do not want the thing I paid for. I do not want to advertise for her.

She threatened in a Tweet that she would rather just vanish instead of completing everyone’s commissions.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=16xGdffhNCYBhTubJsy8lh8EjKj_G9Kpj

She told a friend of mine that she didn’t owe me anything because “I didn’t sign a contract.”
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qXNPGxpGLRCOWAjriz-Q73NeWj3p_yyX
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ENjpL5krhTmkR-VwZGIxliFMRlM_ej-a

It has been clear through her dealings that she will never refund me, nor does it seem like she’ll ever return to posting her Perler badges. She made a post back in all this hulaballoo that says she can make 1-2 badges a day
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1M0IJ6qpuDbKvMkwnKknRY-Xff5n4Vnli
but yet, since March 31, hasn’t posted a single new finished product. A Twitter user pointed me to her Facebook, where I messaged her privately to ask about her queue and my refund. She accepted and saw the message, but didn’t reply, which blatantly told me she’s stealing my money, and probably countless others as well.

I am currently in the process of reviewing my county’s laws about a small claims court case.

PROOF: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-CRMnWk74TjWb1NF7NtTCujDcfI_HMUz
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Comments

( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
cherrikissu
Jul. 16th, 2018 10:04 pm (UTC)
Holy moly, beware well warranted...!
Her attitude toward clients is dispicable. She clearly feels as if she owes her own paying clients nothing and like you actually recieving the work you paid for is her doing a favor for you.
I'm sure you know this now, but always request a reciept in the case of cash payment, and ideally, do all your transactions over Paypal and never let things go past the 180-day time period where you can open disputes!
miraibaby
Jul. 17th, 2018 02:25 am (UTC)
That’s what gets me is the fact that she thinks she’s 100% in the right for just running away with everyone’s money. I have yet to find a law that says she doesn’t have to give refunds. Like, I’m sorry, I paid you to do something, and I expect it done! How hard is that to figure out??
laughsatthunder
Jul. 17th, 2018 01:59 am (UTC)
"Finally under 200 [commissions]" y i k e s

I hope you find luck in regards to a small claims court case, this artist needs to learn self control on how to properly run a business. This is not it. Threatening to halt commissions and building a massive queue is not good.
miraibaby
Jul. 17th, 2018 02:27 am (UTC)
Looking through her Facebook, it says she owns, like, 10 different companies. I dunno what goes on at those other places but I’m assuming she gets eyeball-deep into something, and then bails when she can’t talk her way out any more.
lackoflollies
Jul. 17th, 2018 02:11 am (UTC)
I can't believe since her last beware she still thinks she's legally in the clear, lol.
miraibaby
Jul. 17th, 2018 05:26 am (UTC)
I have no clue, man. I’ve seen so many bewares on her, but as far as I can tell, she’s completely ditched any furry anything.
furchee
Jul. 19th, 2018 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm sorry she got you too man ...
If it makes you feel any better we're basically in the same boat. Make sure you don't trust rando's with your hard earned money anymore! :'D
miraibaby
Jul. 19th, 2018 05:28 pm (UTC)
I’m totally gonna do that, for sure!! I hope you get your money back too! :( We should all take her to court tbh. It’s really not hard to file a small claims dispute.
rendrassa
Jul. 20th, 2018 07:07 pm (UTC)
That would likely make a bigger impact on the artist. It's one thing to be sued for $100, and an entirely different matter to be sued for $800 or more.

Edited at 2018-07-20 07:08 pm (UTC)
miraibaby
Jul. 21st, 2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
I’m only making a wild guess, but judging by the amount of badges she had completed at the end of March, she still has about 150-ish people left. At $100 or so each, she’s holding onto over $15,000 of incomplete commissions. I’m not sure how to file a class action lawsuit, but I’m sure it would make a huge impact on her.
rendrassa
Jul. 22nd, 2018 05:32 am (UTC)
It'd certainly do that! I do wish it were easier for the fandom to hold artists accountable.
buttlord_mcgee
Jul. 21st, 2018 06:53 am (UTC)
yikes, that’s extremely unprofessional.
nanozen
Jul. 22nd, 2018 08:35 am (UTC)
That's extremely and profusely reprehensible.

Thanks for pointing this person out. Let's hope things end in your favor.
miraibaby
Jul. 22nd, 2018 05:28 pm (UTC)
I really hope so. I’ve never filed a court case, but it doesn’t seem difficult. We’ll see what comes out of that but I’m hoping that if I file and am successful, it will encourage others to do the same. I’m assuming she’s still screwing over 150 other people.
lackoflollies
Jul. 23rd, 2018 11:43 pm (UTC)
Make sure you get your legal fees back.

Filing a court case isn't terribly difficult (I had to file one recently for something unrelated, and much more severe, and it cost me $99 to file, and another $99 to serve the other party through a process server v.s. county police) It's getting to the court case that's the hard part xP
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