Once again, the power of the press has prompted a wealthy company to do right by the little people who trusted their money to it.
And once again, that wealthy company is CI Travel. Last December, the Norfolk, Va.-based outfit brought to Philly the Philadelphia Belle, a restaurant/catering paddleboat operation, docked at Penn's Landing, that went belly-up within six months.
The closing left many customers high and dry, none of whom could get answers from CI Travel about if or when they'd be reimbursed the thousands of dollars they'd paid in advance for events (weddings, fundraisers, group outings) aboard the Belle. Once I wrote about the fiasco in the Daily News, however (click here and here), customers got their money back. Which begs the question: Why does it take the intervention of the media for fat-cats to do right by the little people whose money they've taken?
Anyway, I thought I was done writing about the Belle, until the good people at The Center in the Park asked for help in getting a $1,640 refund from CI Travel for the fees paid by elderly Center members on fixed incomes. Lo and behold, after my story appeared, the Center was reimbursed.