Justifeyed as a team is very disappointed and frustrated to have been taken advantage of by a very well known local news station. Five hundred dollars and over a year later, we have not been on Local 5 Live as promised and are still out our money. What exactly are you waiting for Local 5, is this something that you do often? It's frustrating to think that as a local entrepreneur this is how you conduct business in your own community. I really don't understand why you would take $500 from my company last year and tell me that I was going to have an episode, but then once you got my money you never responded to any of my calls or emails. For over year I tuned in to watch you bring on other people that really had nothing to do with protecting our streets and getting better safety in our schools. There have been many school shootings, as well as close calls in our own communities of Green Bay and Appleton. Still, you never responded and never brought me on your show to talk about how I could potentially better the community. Especially when the Mayor of one of those cities, Appleton WI, is ready to see this implemented in our communities and is one of our biggest advocates. Mayor Hanna met with us, continue to meet with us, and continues to support our every move, all without a dime of our money. We also met with Green Bay Mayors chief of staff , Celestine Jefferies, and she was incredibly amazed and excited as well. You would think a news station would be very interested in doing a story on something that two local Mayors see as very beneficial to our communities.
Looking back I can recall only handful of African-American people on your show, most of whom were football players, families of the football players, or talking about them being incarcerated, that's kind of ridiculous. As a news agency your job is to deliver stories from all sides , and all walks of life. From our perspective it doesn't really seem to be the case. Perhaps my skin color was a factor in your decision, or maybe the fact I disclosed I had a disability, from which I wanted to inspire others with disabilities to follow their dreams.
Please return my company's hard earned money, because at this point we do not even care to be on your show. My lawyer has tried to contact you and so have I, this is very poor business practice, and I should not have to make post about a news company taking money from local businesses. I just hope that all news agencies do not run their business the same way. Unfortunately it would seem as though you looked at my skin color before you chose to look at my product.
If you recall last September, Justifeyed ran a story on our blog , showing at that point we were still waiting form some kind of retribution from Local 5. Below is the post we made that day.
September 13, 2017
What if you gave $500 of your hard earned money to a news station, only to find out after waiting six months, they were not going to run your story? Then you turn on that same news station, shocked to see a story about the over topped 911 dispatchers in hurricane Harvey in Texas. The same system you are looking to enhance with an app you created-the app of Justifeyed. This app was created literally right down the road from the Channel 5 news station, at Zymo Interactive in Green Bay WI.
As a team Justifeyed was hurt and frustrated. Your tag line at Channel 5 is, "keep it local" , and Justifeyed could not be more local. Yet you choose to run a story, about a problem in another state, and do not even consider the solution that was created locally, in your same town. Again we cannot explain how hurt we were that you would take our money, and choose to not run our story
Six months later a new employee of your news station, Channel 5, reaches out to us via Linked In. He is completed wowed by the Justifeyed app and what we are doing. He asks us to let him know if he can help us in any way, and this is when we learn that your news station was not going to run our story. Even though we reached out several times after we paid you, with no response. We understand that mix ups happen and things can slip through the cracks, yet we did reach out for several months, again with no response.
Just a question-is this how business is done with all news stations? We signed a commitment, and gave you $500, why would we not be informed that you chose not to run our story, and why do are we still out our $500? We feel we deserve a public response and explanation, not just a behind the scenes email. Again we are hurt and disappointed in you Channel 5, for taking our money and choosing not to run our story or communicate with us.