Vendor threatens lawsuit in flea market fiasco - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Vendor threatens lawsuit in flea market fiasco

Paula Johnson is one crafty lady. She made a lot of the things currently hanging on her Christmas tree.

They are things she wanted to sell at a flea market that was supposed to open in the old K-Mart building at Riverdale and Winchester. It never did.

"I just think it's a mess," says Johnson.

She paid $800 in October to rent a booth. But OBT Flea Market's target open date came and went, along with Johnson's money and that of hundreds of other vendors.

"I plan on filing a lawsuit to get my money back," says Johnson.

She's already sent a detailed complaint to Memphis Police. She's also learned a lot about OBT Flea Market owner Ace Pollard of Atlanta. Action News 5 has learned a lot too. A quick Internet search of his name brings up an entire page dedicated to complaints against him and his business. One person writes "buyer beware."

"I would have never imagined this would happen and so many people out so much money," says Johnson.

Pollard has not returned repeated phone calls from vendors like Johnson. He did tell us that he still plans to open a flea market in Memphis. He says it will be a different location. A location he would not reveal.

"I hope to see my money again," says Johnson.

She's just afraid her only wish this Christmas may go unanswered.

Late Wednesday, Paula Johnson said she got a message that her money would be refunded within 30 to 45 days. Perhaps our coverage made Mr. Pollard cave. We'll let you know if it really happens.


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