According to the It’s Just Lunch! website, It’s Just Lunch! is a dating service franchise that caters to busy professionals. They advertise heavily in business and airline magazines, touting their services in colorful two-page spreads with lots of pictures of young, attractive sales associates eager to help busy professionals find their Ms. or Mr. Right. Here’s how It’s Just Lunch! describes their service:
…We are a specialized dating service for busy professionals. We minimize stress and maximize efficiency by sending people on casual dates over lunch, brunch, or drinks after work. It’s Just Lunch is a fun proactive approach to your personal life. As first date specialists, we arrange quality lunch dates and drinks after work for busy professionals in a discreet, no-pressure setting. It’s Just Lunch started in 1991 and now has over 90 locations all over the world, with thousands of clients, and many wonderful success stories!
[Source: It's Just Lunch! website]
It’s Just Lunch! characterizes its franchise opportunity as “a white collar, attractive profession,” and a chance to be “a ‘celebrity’ in your own city.” Their website describes the franchise as a relatively low investment that boasts regular hours (Monday-Friday) in an office environment: “No late nights or weekends (unless you choose).”
If one believes the scathing editorial and bitter (alleged) testimonials on the self-described “independent Web-based consumer news and resource center” ConsumerAffairs.Com, the company might be more aptly named “It’s Just a Scam!” In addition to their overview article (It’s Just Lunch… Or Is It?), their alleged testimonials are so numerous they have to organize them in categories: Irate Men, Angry Women, Settled in Court, Emily’s Story, Sandra’s Log.
According to ConsumerAffairs.com, they tried to reach It’s Just Lunch! on numerous occasions for an interview or response. According to It’s Just Lunch CEO Daniel G. Dolan, both he and others at It’s Just Lunch have called and written to ConsumerAffairs.Com many times “in an attempt to correct the inaccurate and outdated complaints” but the company refused to respond. However, ConsumerAffairs.Com did post Dolan’s faxed response disputing the authenticity of the testimonials.
Other links to negative comments about It’s Just Lunch! suggest that if you are interested in investing in an It’s Just Lunch! franchise opportunity, you’d be wise to do extra homework and diligent research, and proceed with caution.
Rip-off Report, 9/27/2006 1:21:22 PM: Its Just Lunch ripoff, fraudulent business practices, deceptive service offers Boise Idaho
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