I have no idea how Amber found me. I’m thinking Myspace or Youtube or something. Anyway she messaged me via Myspace asking if I could help her with her fursuit. She seemed cool enough and I was up for meeting more local furs so I agreed. I talked with her on the phone a bit to feel her out and see what kind of person she was. She sounded a little jittery and nervous. I paid no mind seeing that I’ve encountered people with worse quirks. So she comes to my house and I began showing her the suit parts I had made and telling her the process as to go about making them. She kept going on about how she wanted it to look. She showed me some of the fur she had purchased from Joann’s which is one of the worst places to buy fur. It was matted and dirty looking, another material she had brought didn’t look like fur at all. An ugly peach color that she probably bought because it was only $8 per yard. She kept asking me questions about things I had already told her, how to do the hands, feet etc. I even sent her links to various building sites though I doubt she even looked at them. She met my mother who offered to help her make a body suit as she had made my previous.. After spending time with her and talking, my mother mentioned to me that she had some issues and that she was someone I probably shouldn’t be too friendly with. I should have listened. Shortly after this my boyfriend (Conejo who was living in LA at the time) Came down for one of his usual visits. She began asking him questions about how he made his fursuit and even asked if he could make her head.
He had other things he wanted to work on but he agreed. Amber asked if he would charge her less if she shipped the materials to his house. What for? He has access to the fashion district in
So we meet up with friends and have a really good time. Things are cool for a few months then around mid/late December we began buckling down and planning for FC. Amber once again started asking about fursuits and mentioned about getting a head done. Exdra wanted to go to FC but was a little short on funds. I wanted to help out both friends and I had seen a couple of suits Exdra had done in person so I knew she produced quality work. I gave Amber Exdra’s contact info (her FA and website). Amber commissioned Exdra for a fursuit head of her character, Bluewinkle for $600. The commission was estimated to be completed between May and July. Instead of the 30% Deposit Amber decided to pay half up front. She mailed $300 to Exdra and she was added to the commission list.
Now this next part is where I got dragged in. Three days after the payment was sent. I’m on my way home from school when I see my phone is full of text messages and missed calls. It’s Amber demanding that I give her Exdra’s phone number because she needs her money back. Why does she need her money back? Because she had somehow thought it was a good idea to use the money her aunt gave her for school books to commission a fursuit head. I refused to give her the number. Telling her that if she wants to contact Exdra then she’ll have to e-mail her or note her via Fur Affinity. I thought that was the end of that but I was wrong. She called me again, this time with her parents on the line. They too asked me for Exdra’s number. I told them that I had no right to give it out. I offered to call Exdra for them and they agreed. So I called her and told her what was happening. Amber and her parents on my home phone and Exdra on my cell. Literally caught in the middle. Her parents tried everything to get her to refund the money. They said she had a mental illness. Really? They why let your daughter have access to such a large amount of money? Why let her drive around unsupervised? Exdra basically told “them” that her policy was no refunds on deposits and that she could either continue with the head as scheduled, extend the deadline to a September completion or not receive anything at all. So they decide to continue on with the commission. Amber paid the remaining balance.
Fast Forward to FC, Amber didn’t have a ride. She imed me asking what my plans were for FC, I told her I was going up with Conejo, Knight Wolf, Exdra, Dracon and Vex. I had thought that Amber and Knight were good friends so I suggested that she ask him for a ride up. She did and he agreed. When FC rolls around Knight goes to pick her up and her parents want a copy of his license number photo id. We lolled. After he picks her up we drive up to LA to pick up Exdra, thinking the whole fursuit/money issue had been resolved. Later on Knight had told me that during the 6 hour drive to the con Amber’s parents called every 5 minutes asking where they were on the road. Seriously why even let her go? After we arrive in San Jose Knight drops her and Vex off at the Main Hotel.She was supposed to be staying at her cousin’s house but apparently planned to stay with some friends. She wanted me to tell her parents she was with us if they called. That annoyed me. I didn’t want to be caught up in whatever possible lie she was telling her parents.
During the con she seemed overwhelmed by everything. She tagged along with us a few times but pretty much did her own thing. We enjoyed the con and on the last day were ready to head home. Amber was supposed to drive back down with some other friends of hers but at the last minute she asked for a ride with Knight. Being the kind of person he was he wasn’t going to leave her stranded. So we head back. Exdra’s parents had driven up a day before the con ended and took her, her cousin and Anthony home. We stopped by her house on the way back to
Fast Forward to Califur. Exdra had been working on Amber’s head. It was foamed and carved. Amber claimed Exdra never sent her any progress shots (which she did as Exdra had evidence during the court case). Knight and I arrived first to the hotel. We got settled in our room, got our registration badges and waited for everyone else. Conejo, Exdra and Anthony arrived a little later. After getting their badges we decided to go somewhere to eat. We began walking toward the side exit of the hotel that was when we ran into Amber and a friend of hers. She called out to Exdra and asked about her head. Exdra told her it was almost completed but she’ll talk to her more about it later. Amber kept trying to talk as we continued walking. That’s when both Anthony and I told her that we were hungry and she needs to wait until we get back. So we kept walking and went outside. All of a sudden I felt a hand on my shoulder and some guy call out Exdra’s name. I’m not cool at all about being touched by people I don’t know I was ready to strike.
I turned around and saw it was Amber’s friend. I snapped at him and he backed up. That was when Amber started demanding her head. Exdra explained to her about the completion date. It was not yet July and the deadline wasn’t up yet. She kept going on about how it was due in May. Both Exdra and Anthony repeatedly told her that “Between May and July” meant the span of those months. We couldn’t understand why she couldn’t comprehend this. We were hungry and annoyed we came to the con to have fun obviously and it was starting off like this. I don’t remember what happened that got me speaking but I went off on Amber. I’m not going to lie, I said some harsh things. I told her she was batshit crazy. That I had tried to help her and now she’s going around harassing people for Exdra’s number and was downright rude. She pissed me off even further saying that she had never asked for any help. I replied by telling her that it wasn’t me who wanted to be friends with her. That had somehow found me and asked me for help and after all that craziness of dealing with her and now pawning her off on my friend I felt bad for that. The whole event was somewhat of a blur. After the incident we left, grabbed food and returned to the con. During the entire convention she followed not only me, but Anthony, a few other friends of ours as well as two of Exdra’s customers. She demanded that they go to the headless lounge with her and remove their suits to talk to her.
The final day of the con our plan was to suit up for a bit, grab food and part ways from there. That plan was shot when Amber showed yet again wanting her head or either a refund. She wasted pretty much all of our suiting time. Exdra became so fed up she was just going to offer a refund minus the deposit. Exdra told Amber that when she got home she would email her this to begin ending their business transaction. After Anthony explained to her what that meant, we were finally able to head out for food. Fours hours later Exdra returns home and receives an e-mail from Amber saying she would much rather have her head. Exdra replies telling her that the deal is closed and that she would be getting a refund (It was because of this that Anthony and Exdra posted the article about her on artist beware. Which can be found here: http://community.livejournal.com/artists_beware/251348.html
Done deal right? Wrong.
Around late June Early July I get a text from Exdra saying that Amber is suing her. WTF?! What was there to sue? She was getting her money back. I had Exdra read the paperwork to me. She was to appear on July 30th at the courthouse near my old house. We told Exdra to print our all of the e-mails that had anything to do with Amber and her commission. Exdra was also having car trouble at the time so Conejo and I made the 2 hour trip to her house and brought her down to my place. The head was pretty much finished and Exdra had planned to sell it. Some of the money used would go to refunding Amber. We made some feetpaws, handpaws and a tail to make it a partial to be auctioned on ebay. Before heading back to SD we looked at the paperwork and the e-mails to make sure everything was in order. We had also printed out a picture of the now finished fursuit head that Amber would have received.
Court was a complete joke. Seven of us arrived to see the show: Exdra, myself, Conejo, Knight Wolf, My mom (lol) Vex and Kana. Amber and her parents arrived almost an hour late. She looked like she had been crying and was forced to show up. When it was her turn to state her case she stuttered constantly had no idea what she was talking about half the time and her paperwork was so disorganized the judge refused to read it. (Did I mention she’s going to school to be a lawyer? =/) One woman had to actually leave the courtroom because she was laughing so hard. The judge heard both sides and looked over Exdra’s documents. He concluded that Amber had the choice of either the head or a refund. OMG really? The same fucking choice that Exdra had offered before. After a short conference with her wackjob parents she opted for the head. After the case was over she was whisked away. It was over. Finally. We would never have to deal with this bitch’s bullshit again. We all hung out and Exdra stayed over another night then we took her home. She sent out the head a few days later.
Fast forward to my “Fucking Furries Journal” on FA posted a few days ago. I get another text and a phone call from Exdra. Exdra gets a visit from the Sheriff. He serves her with papers and she sees that she has to once again come all the way to
Like I mentioned before I feel bad I got Exdra involved in this, and it’s because of this very reason I’m not a friendly off the bat with certain people. Some furries think that just because we have this one little hobby in common we should be united and look out for each other. Fuck that. If you want my friendship and respect you have to earn it just as I have to earn yours. I can’t wait till this is truly over. So many people were dragged into this that didn’t need to be. Myself included and it was all started for nothing.
So that’s pretty much the whole story. I tried to keep it as short as possible but as you can see that didn’t work.