Ping. That’s how Sam Sethi reached out to me at 4AM pacific time on Friday December 7th. He began by apologizing to me and acknowledging that he should have been more open with me early on and that he should have taken more heed to my feedback. In his words:
“you were right and I should have responded and trusted your thoughts and feedback … I am sorry. That doesn’t help fix things I know”
He is right about a couple things in that last. First, he should have responded to me and taken my advice, second he is sorry and it seems getting sorrier all the time, and third, it’s true – apologizing to me privately does not begin to fix things.
I did tell him, however, how to make a start. My first and most critical demand was that he immediately (as in that very day) get a cashier’s check sent overnight to my friend, Marc Orchant and his family – and prove to me he’s done so with a tracking number and a scanned image of the check. My second demand was that he post an apology to me as well as to the other bloggers he’s defrauded everywhere that he’s previously posted. Third, I want a promissory note from Sam co-signed by a witness other than his wife.
In the chat, which again took place over Skype, Sam agreed to do these things. I told him that I would be willing to suspend further aggressions if he took these steps. Unfortunately it looks as if my willingness to give people the benefit of the doubt is a liability when dealing with Mr Sethi. As of tonight I haven’t seen a tracking number, a scanned cashier’s check or even a legitimate public apology. The post he did on Blognation was more excuses and denials – and, unsurprisingly the comment I made on that post was deleted in short order. I’ll post it below for your viewing pleasure.
I’m not going to publish the full transcript of that Skype chat yet – there is always tomorrow though. Sam, it’s your move…
Incidentally, I don’t know why Mr. Sethi’s name appears over my comment (#4) but it is pretty obvious that Sam isn’t saying these things to himself. (I don’t think he’s that far around the bend)