His name is Kris Holmes. He lives in Michigan. He is the guy selling the forged Michael Turner art on eBay I mentioned the other day. He wrote Rich Johnston to say, "Anyone can see by our wonderful buyer feedback that we are honest sellers and have been for years. It is sad to think that there really are people out there looking to falsely profit in today's marketplace, but anyone can see that we are not like these people. When people try to scam others and falsely accuse and make slanderous remarks against an honest person, especially when there is no fact to back up the claim, it does nothing but make the accuser look foolish and it discredits their own standing in the present and future. Thanks."
Uh...I'd say there's not only plenty of fact to back up the claim, but if he has proof they are wrong, this might be a good time to start bringing it out. Oh, and by the way, it's not slander, it's libel. There's a difference. That's a freebie from the Sine Timore Kamikaze Legal Team. First I have to lecture Darl McBride about the differences between hackers and crackers, now this. I'm surrounded by imbeciles.
However, this fool then went on the Aspen boards and wrote this: "Excuse me, but the real seller here and I would like to set the record straight. What happened was, an employee who was supposed to be shipping out the items picture in our listings to their respective buyer was in fact making copies of the work and sending those out instead of the originals that were the actual ones up for auction. We finally received a picture of one of these fakes from a buyer and was able to determine that they were indeed not the ones we uploaded to the eBay listing. We are working with eBay to fix this and have been apologizing up-and-down to these buyers in the hopes that they will not hold one person's inexcusable actions against us as a whole. If they do though, it is kind of to be expected and we will have to live with that. Hopefully though when they receive the items that they were supposed to, we found them as the employee was trying to get them out and to their home, that they will go and correct their earlier claims and help to clear our name of this heinous wrongdoing that we were unaware of until a couple days ago. We have also discovered at an employee (former now of course) was impersonating us from our computers, not only is replying and sending out items to our buyers, but also upon a couple different other message board websites. Again, this is being dealt and the situation is being rectified. We would appreciate the discontinuation of these negative comments as the problem is being taken care of and the person responsible has been outed and dealt with by us and the buyers are having the proper items sent to them as they should have been in the first place. Thanks."
TL;DR -- 'twarnt us. He wrote in his original listing that he was selling the sketches to take his kids on a vacation. He's still playing the pity card. This is the "I'm Very Sorry" song, won't you help me sing aloooooong?
I don't understand when people intentionally try to piss people off, then won't admit they were pissing them off. Michael Golden with his "Patience is a virtue" sketch is another example. He did it, he knew it, and tried to spin it to look like everyone was overreacting. Same thing here. An employee is responsible for this? Who's the employee, Josh Hoops? Oy gevalt!
I'm picturing this being made into a comic book illustrated by Nick Simmons.