Punk Rock Picnic Promoter Tries to Clear His Name By Paying Slowest Refund of All Time
Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival ticket holders, rejoice! Finally, after months of waiting with no sign of a refund in sight for the cancelled festival, one is finally coming to you. Very, very, very...slowly.
Steve Smith's Facebook page Steve Smith: Makin' it right, one check at a time...
Just when you thought we'd stopped updating you on the saga of last April's ill-fated Long Beach soiree, BAM! The fest's surly promoter Steve Smith strikes again! Though, it wasn't in the way you might expect. We were more than prepared to have Smith cuss us out when he contacted us last week after he made it into our yearly Scariest People Issue. At that point, we'd gone months without any word from the promoter about refunds for would-be festival goers or vendors who got royally stiffed when he cancelled the two-day fest mere days before its launch aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. We even followed the dead end struggle of vendor Gregg White who tried unsuccessfully to take Smith to small claims court for the $1,000 dollars he owed him. Well, now Smith is vowing to make amends and payback the ticket money he so confusingly lost...one paycheck at a time.
In addition to working as a local tattoo artist, Smith says he recently picked up a part-time job working for $9 an hour to pay back ticket holders one at a time every week. How efficient! Despite being in somewhat dire financial straits, so far 'ol Stevie has managed to crank out a couple of checks ranging from $50-$100 with funds addressed to people he owes. He even goes as far as to proudly post the checks on his Facebook page and the Punk Rock Picnic Facebook page like the one above. This hard-earned cash apparently goes to a ticket holder who was probably pumped to see supposed headliners Danzig and GWAR before the bill changed drastically to promoting bands DRI and Anti-Nowhere League. That of course was before the festival was canceled altogether with barely any notice whatsoever.
"Nicole August paid in full. Next on the list is Jose Aceveda. Your check will go out next week," Smith writes in a recent post on his Facebook page. "The first cashiers check of many many refunds for the Punk Rock Picnic. Here's to all you who doubted my integrity when it comes to my friends, the picnic, the bands and the fans."