Friday, February 27, 2009 interns needed- marketing/social networking wiz (screwaninterntown)

(I'll be going straight to Google for FLSA standards after posting this. Found just now in Creative Gigs)

Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-02-27, 4:11PM EST

NO, the duties of this job are not an "intern" position"
More bottom feeders trying to get labor for free under the guise of "intern"

The U.S. Dept. of Labor utilizes the below listed criteria, as created by the U.S. Supreme Court
(Walling v. Portland Terminal Co. (1947) 330 U.S. 148), to determine whether a person is really
an intern, or whether they are an employee who must be paid and treated according to the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

1. The training is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school;
2. The training is for the benefit of the trainee;
3. The trainees do not displace regular employees, and work under close observation;
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the
activities of the trainees and on occasion the employer’s operations may actually be impeded;

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A found post, "How to Spot a Scam"

Original Blog Post courtesy of:

How to Spot a Scam
Does someone want to send you a check/money order for more than your asking price?

Does a total stranger want you to wire them the "extra" money via Western Union or Money Gram?

Does the language, word choices, or poor grammar in received emails seem off?

Does the buyer insist upon using "their shipping agent"?

Does the rent of an apartment seem extremely low?

Does a landlord want to rent to you sight unseen while claiming to live in another country?

If the answer is yes to any of these, then you are most likely being targeted for a scam.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Joe Ciminera - Taste This Production Scam?
A while back we featured a business called Taste This Production, Inc. The owner Joe Ciminera claims to be in the reality cooking show business, and wants to make you a star. The problem is that once you respond and fly to New York (on your own dime) you get to shoot in a garage, and get charged an absurd amount of money. Here is another email we received:

On 1/8/09 a CL user wrote:

My boyfirend is looking in to a cooking show in New York. The company is called Taste This TV its on 2005 Merrick Road. Anyway they sent him a e-mail stating- "Taste This Production, Inc will produce a 26:00 minute pilot. The initial pilot will take approximately 5 hours to film. The show(s) will be shot on Sony Z1U cameras. The onset crew will consist of: Executive producer, Producer, Make-up artist, food stylist, sound and camera operator(s) and 2 film technicians. The show will be delivered, fully edited in no later than two weeks after the filming date. Upon approval of the pilot, the distribution company for cable will distribute the show for potential sale and deliver to cable broadcasters across the U.S. (name) will own all the rights to the pilot." Now the FUNNY part is this - "Cost: Your cost for the production of the pilot is $7,500. This cost is presented to you so that you will commit to the project 100%. "

I presented the proposal to my Entertainment Lawyer, who informed me that i needed to respectfully decline. Not a complete Scam, but paying that kind of money for no guaranteed air time, is unacceptable.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Need someone now, now, now! (SoHo)

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-05, 4:01PM EST

Photographer seeking Trade For Experience. I'll bring nothing to the table but my physical presence and willingness to accept free money; you bring said free money. Get invaluable experience paying another human being. Perfect resume builder or just plain awesome learning lesson. You can even make mention of it on your website pending my approval.

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: Yes, pay me.