#1
http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/general-car-chat/504615-attn-joe-dono-aka-scp_celica-scammer-1.html

THIS!...ladies and gentlemen, is the douchebag of the day/week/month/year, here's a summary. Also inb4tl;dr

Quote by Tampa Racing Forums
If I missed a few parts, feel free to correct me anyone.

Here at TampaRacing.com, something pretty interesting/epic has happened that has actually already been aired on at least one syndicated morning show. Local shop owners, Aaron and Brandon, have been scammed $16,000 worth of parts, material and labor during its stay at their shop (called JapWorks). The project took about 4 1/2 months, and the vehicle was a 2004 Toyota Celica that was expected to bring the fledgling business some needed income. Unfortunately, the person thought to be the owner of the vehicle had no intention of paying the $16,000 worth of car work. Mr Joe Dono (20 years old) had provided some parts over the course of the makeover of the vehicle, giving the impression to the shop owners that there was a possibility of payment (against their better judgement). He had also assured the shop over and over again about how his grandfather was picking up the bill in full, and that it was a present for him for college.


Since there was money fronted for some of the paint job, the shop owners continued forging ahead. Mr Dono claimed that the grandfather was very adament about being "old school" and wanted the work done before paying a dime. Mr Dono was reminded repeatedly that because of the situation, the owners would have to take further risk, and invest in the project from their own bank account. Mr Dono had even posted in the forum where this incident was brought to light, about how he was waiting on the vehicle to be finished. When it was finally finished two days ago, Mr Dono had informed the shop owners that he had not signed any contract indicating that he needed to pay that amount. What happened next has spun this thread into the epic proportions that it is delivering. When he had sent his mother to retrieve the vehicle, she was under the impression that he had paid for materials and that he had "sponsors" that were paying them to do the labor. She wanted to know why the car was taking so long because Joe had told her it was just simply getting painted. When the mother was unable to retrieve the Celica, he had sent his girlfriend over, and attempted to give a $60 down payment for the work, as well as pay off the $16,000 worth of work in installments. After that did not work, Mr Dono requested the shop owners to just leave the car outside overnight, making sure it was washed and etc.


The shop owners were/are not having any of that. As of right now, the vehicle has been towed to an alternate location to protect any theft or destruction of the countless hours that were put into fixing the vehicle up. Mr Dono still frequented the forum less than 30 minutes ago, promising that he is going to get his vehicle, (without having to pay) by the end of the week. "Mark his wurdz" After further discussions with Mr Dono in here, it was learned that the vehicle was financed by his mother, and not actually owned by the man that does not want to pay. Things seem to still be escalating. Yesterday, Mr Dono had come in to the shop with police officers to retrieve the vehicle without paying for it. After the owners had the Florida State Attorney speak with the officer, the officer then informed Mr Dono that he shop owners were allowed to hold onto the vehicle since the work put into it had not been paid. Mr Dono came back several times threatening the owners that they are going to get arrested for keeping his vehicle, all with the same result - no Celica. As of right now, the shop owner is waiting on his mechanic's lien to come through, but, with the vehicle still being financed, there is a likelihood that the job will be paid for by the financing company.

Until the financing company pursue's this issue, the owners of the shop are currently at a risk of having their shop closed, due to the investment that was expected to come through. This is still an ongoing issue. The publicity that this seems to have spread worldwide, bringing together a large online community that was quite unexpected. This incident is becoming an internet phenomenon, only because this is not the first time Mr Dono has tried to scam someone. When word of this attempt to scam JapWorks got out, several people from the community recognized Mr. Dono as the perpetrator of prior scams -- for example, taking payment on auctioned items without ever sending them and editing pictures, stealing the copyright that is legitimately their own among other things. It became obvious very soon that this is not the first time Mr Dono has scammed people. Apparently, he is a known scammer on many different forums for several other things he has stolen from those members. Right now, there is a paypal open to donate, allowing the shop owners to re-coup their loss. All the information will be provided in the next few posts. Mr Dono continues to post, informing us that "mark his words" he'll get his Celica by friday. We'll see what happens.


I have been working on Joe Dono's car for approximately 4 1/2 months. The car was completely redone. Complete repaint including engine bay and pulling all glass and seals, smoothing out the interior panels and two toning them, building a custom sub enclosure and covering it in carbon fiber, custom amp racks and nitrous bottle brackets, carbon overlays on the roof and hatch, turbo install, e-manage install, custom fiberglass center console to mount gauges in, just a lot of work in general. He showed up to pick his car up yesterday, Saturday August 9th, and was apparently planning on stealing his car without paying for anything. His mother, who actually is the one financing his car, was under the impression that he had paid for materials and that he had "sponsors" that were paying us to do the labor. She wanted to know why the car was taking so long because Joe had told her it was just getting painted.

He barely covered material cost and was promising to bring the very large balance in cash when the car was picked up. I'm really not sure what was going through his head thinking he was going to get the car completely modified and knowing he has NO money to pay for it. His girlfriend offered us $60 and wanted to know if we could set-up a payment plan. SERIOUSLY? His bill is close to $16K and he wants a payment plan. I'm sure plenty of you have either dealt with him or heard about him. He's a detailer by trade but apparently he has no self-worth and has no problem lying and deceiving anyone and everyone. Please feel free to chime in. His car will be for sale shortly, just need to wait on that mechanic's lien to go through Dig This Digg - Guy gets $16K work done on car, tries to SCAM shop.
#4
*wall of text falls and kills WillEaton*

FATALITY.
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#6
I remember there was massive ownage in a Mercedes Benz forum about this guy and his tires.
Quote by af_the_fragile
What does that mean??
This is one thing i never understood what it meant...

Too long; didnt read.
#7
What a dick.

Quote by metaldud536
I remember there was massive ownage in a Mercedes Benz forum about this guy and his tires.


I remember that. The scammer got all of his info put on the internet i.e home address, SS#, etc.

Wow you guys. The article isn't even that long. I read it in like 2-3 minutes.
Last edited by InvaderTSN at Aug 13, 2008,
#8
I didn't read all of that but lol at first i thought it said Tampon Racing Forums. lol
#10
Quote by Chasepw133
tl;dr


Now what the hell was the point of posting that?!

That has to be one of the biggest doucebags I've ever seen. What an idiot. Not only was the attempt at a scam bad enough, he did a ****ty job of it. Mr. Dono. . . Pfft.
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#12
Quote by InvaderTSN
What a dick.


I remember that. The scammer got all of his info put on the internet i.e home address, SS#, etc.

Scary stuff.
4chan is capable of this too.
#15
tl;dr: Dick tries to scam 16k worth of work done on his car, refuses to pay, won't get car back, internet ppl donating money to mechanics because they may have to go out of business
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#16
Quote by metaldud536
Scary stuff.
4chan is capable of this too.

Good reason not to screw with anyone on the internet. You think you're safe behind the computer screen... but not so much.
#17
I read some of it, if I were the shop owners I'd just sale there car for 16000, the amount of money that went into it>>
#18
Quote by metaldud536
Scary stuff.
4chan is capable of this too.


They've been notified
#19
Quote by af_the_fragile
What does that mean??
This is one thing i never understood what it meant...


It's short for "hi, I am a total ****ing douchebag."
#20
Quote by Survivalism
It's short for "hi, I am a total ****ing douchebag."



HAHA!

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#21
For the people saying they should sell the car for 16,000; You can't sell something that doesn't belong to you. Mr. Dono has the papers saying he owns the car. Or his mom does. So if the shop tried to sell the car, I think the police would get involved. The car will just be kept in a lot until it's payed off. Otherwise it sits for a long time.
#22
I saw this earlier today, and that guy is a douche. He had no intent on purchasing anything for the car, he wanted the guy that was doing the work on it to leave outside in front of the shop before he got to the shop. He just intended to steal his car from the shop, he's just a douche bag.
#23
Quote by WillEaton
*wall of text falls and kills WillEaton*

FATALITY.

I guess you could say Will...

*puts on shades*

...got Eaton.


YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
#24
Quote by Jackintehbox
I guess you could say Will...

*puts on shades*

...got Eaton.


YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH


Dude. thats win.

Mr dono is a douche. How could he think we could get away?
#25
those dumb ****s didn't really get assured of a damn thing, why would they do all that work? this guy is not the biggest douche bag of the day. he manipulated some idiots.
#26
what an idiot. i cant believe he thought the shop owners would be that stupid.

then again, why do all that work if you have no guarantee of payment? that seems stupid on their part.
#27
isnt there a picture of this kid and its a demote picture and for a title it says MARK MY WURDZ