I thought I was through writing about gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, of the now defunct Real Housewives of DC. The couple, best known for crashing the State Dinner given for the Indian Prime Minister love publicity whether positive (which never happens) or negative. Why help make then bigger famewhores than they are?
But here we are, one more time.
Andrea Rogers, a Washington DC socialite and charity organizer, sent me this item about the infamous duo. She writes about the Salahi ‘s frequently on her
Ask Miss A, blog.
Here’s her latest entry:
In December of 2010, Kerri Conning Chik of Charlottesville, VA searched for a wine tour. She went to the Virginia Wine Tour website and requested a reservation for a wine tour for Saturday, May 14th. “Jennifer W.” from Virginia Wine Tour responded to her email with a contract, which she filled out and mailed with her check to their address 440 Scenic Overlook, Front Royal, VA 22630 on February 24, 2011. The check was cashed (see attachment of check) on March 3, 2011. As you can see from the check, the Salahis aren’t endorsing the checks by signing their names. They are writing “For Deposit Only” instead.
On May 11th, Chik called Virginia Wine Tours at their 540-635-9933 phone number to confirm our pick up time and location. “Jennifer W.” informed her via email that their limo was having mechanical problems. After two days of email communication and no returned phone call from Virginia Wine Tour, Virginia Wine Tour cancelled her reservation and stated that she would receive a full refund as well as gift certificates. Over the next two weeks, Chik communicated through email with “Jennifer W.” inquiring about her refund. The communication became sparse and “Jennifer W.” stated that she could not write the refund check herself but the refund would be sent to me.
After the two weeks, Chik called their contact number and no one ever answered. She left many messages and even found their voicemail box to be full on several occasions. On May 20, 2011, “Jennifer W.” stated that they would write a refund check and mail it on the following Tuesday. This was the last email communication that Chik had with anyone at Virginia Wine Tour. She continued in vain to send emails and call until June 2nd. In her last attempt to see if they were just having technical problems or could not answer emails, she created another email account under the name “McKenzie Taylor”. On June 2nd, Chik sent Virginia Wine Tour an email requesting a tour for the end of June under the name “McKenzie Taylor”. “Jennifer W.” quickly responded within 20 minutes of the initial email with reservation and contract information. Via email Chik wrote to “Jennifer W.” as “McKenzie Taylor” that she tried to call their contact number but the mailbox was full. “Jennifer W.” stated that she could call “McKenzie Taylor” to answer any questions.
Another victim contacted Virginia Wine Tours after seeing an ad in Northern Virginia magazine, and booked a wine tour for July 20, 2011. Within days, this victim realized the Salahis were behind the tour company, so she asked to cancel and have them refund her money. While going back and forth with them, she suffered a miscarriage from the stress. She begged them for a refund explaining that they were not in any shape mentally to do a tour due to the loss of their child. Virginia Wine Tour said they would be out of the office until after the July 4th holiday weekend, and would consider processing it when they returned. Rather than refund the money, the Salahis took the money on their Disney cruise that weekend.
Click here to see an attachment where Virginia Wine Tour denies being owned by the Salahis. Click here to see attachment of the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission filing showing clearly that Virginia Wine Tour is owned by Tareq Salahi.
Why are they not in jail? Does justice ever prevail? Sigh