Trying To Get Revenge On The Wedding Photographer, This Couple Now Owes Her $1 Million
Andrea Polito, a successful, Dallas-area wedding photographer, met the Moldovans.
The bride named Neely Moldovan, was a blogger. Polito warned her staff that everything had to be perfect and she delivered the couple proofs of their wedding pictures and waited for them to fill out a form to indicate which photos they wanted for their album. The album included a cover photo, which was another $150. The couple needed to order the album to get their high-resolution copies of the photos.
This is standard practice for professional photographers. After all, if they just sent the high-res photos, the couple would likely disappear and get their own prints.
However, instead of filling out the form and paying the fee, the couple went to the media and said that their precious memories were being held ho*st*age for $150.
Initially, news outlets presented the story as a consumer alert, taking Polito to task for not giving the couple their photos. Polito started getting cancellations and one-star reviews. As a result, she had to close her studio.
Polito decided to take action and then she sued the Moldovans. The terms of receiving the high-resolution photos were in bold print in the contract the couple signed. Polito also had emails showing that she and her staff reviewed the contract with the couple and even offered to waive the $150 fee.
Although the couple tried to get the case thrown out, a judge ruled it should go forward. A jury found that the Moldovans had de*famed and dispar*aged Polito, and they awarded Polito $1 million.
Source: didyouknowfacts, dailymail
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