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Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« on: June 04, 2008, 10:01:33 AM »

Well I think this is long over due and actually I'm suprised that I am the first one to post this here. But after several months with no replies (5 months to be exact) I think we can consider this guy a dead beat. It's unfortunate because for the year or so that I dealt with him he was great. I don't know what happened but as it stands now he owes me $200 or the 3 GG busts I ordered from him. Either way he has not replied to any of my emails and both his business and home phone have been disconected for months.

Pedro if you're reading this all we ask for is an explaination of what happened. You were a good guy who had fair prices and good communication. This silence is not the answer.
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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2009, 08:08:44 PM »

Just an update on this... loser... this week I was in the neighbourhood of where he once operated his toy store and managed to talk to his former landlord.   The landlord was actually quite a nice gentleman (although he seemed a bit depressed, no doubt due to the slow economy) and he informed me that he too was owed a "significant" amount of money from Pedro.   He was apparently given a cheque last year and contact info on reaching Pedro if the cheque didn't clear.  Needless to say, the cheque bounced and Pedro never responded to any attempts to contact him either by phone or email.   The actual name of his former business "Toy Addict" has apparently now been sold to another person.

It's been over a year and this loser hasn't paid back anyone; I've been to his low income housing apartment many many times and he either refuses to come out or doesn't bother to check his voice messages.  At the same time, I've indirectly learned that he does apparently have money to feed his Dr Who collecting habit, so there you go.  It's not that he can't pay people back - he just could care less. 

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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 09:43:40 PM »

Just an update on this... loser... this week I was in the neighbourhood of where he once operated his toy store and managed to talk to his former landlord. The landlord was actually quite a nice gentleman (although he seemed a bit depressed, no doubt due to the slow economy) and he informed me that he too was owed a "significant" amount of money from Pedro. He was apparently given a cheque last year and contact info on reaching Pedro if the cheque didn't clear. Needless to say, the cheque bounced and Pedro never responded to any attempts to contact him either by phone or email. The actual name of his former business "Toy Addict" has apparently now been sold to another person.

It's been over a year and this loser hasn't paid back anyone; I've been to his low income housing apartment many many times and he either refuses to come out or doesn't bother to check his voice messages. At the same time, I've indirectly learned that he does apparently have money to feed his Dr Who collecting habit, so there you go. It's not that he can't pay people back - he just could care less.






...can you take him to small claims court...he has to show his mugggg there or face tough penalties!

just a thought...
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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 12:14:11 AM »

This was already discussed among the snowtroopers here who got burned pre-paying this guy - and the answer is no, since to get him to small claims, you have to be able to physically hand him the court order.  And that's likely why Pedro will stay in hiding for the rest of his natural life to avoid that.  Even then, you can win in small claims and there's little actual enforcement to make him pay you.

I've seen that happen to others where the scumbucket simply ignores the court's directive until you've basically taken him back to small claims for the 12th time.



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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 11:59:20 PM »

This was already discussed among the snowtroopers here who got burned pre-paying this guy - and the answer is no, since to get him to small claims, you have to be able to physically hand him the court order. And that's likely why Pedro will stay in hiding for the rest of his natural life to avoid that. Even then, you can win in small claims and there's little actual enforcement to make him pay you.

I've seen that happen to others where the scumbucket simply ignores the court's directive until you've basically taken him back to small claims for the 12th time.






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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2016, 02:32:13 AM »

It only took half a decade, but Pedro came out of hiding and has a twitter account: @PCabezuelo

I don't remember who else here other than Sandtrooper Tyler got burned when Pedro basically took money for pre-orders, then closed shop and quietly went into hiding, but if you do attempt to contact him to complain, he will promptly block your twitter account and ignore you.

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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2016, 09:14:46 PM »

Just read this thread.  In the past I have taken a person to small claims court -did all the paper work and sued for all my extra time and hassle.  What he did was submit payment of what he owed me plus the court fees which at the time were an extra $80.  It was then my choice to take the cheque from the courts or continue to go to court.  I took the money .   I think most guilty people do not want to face a judge and try and justify their actions.  The trick is getting their address so they can be served.   The person I went after had moved way up North and I only knew the person name and what city he had moved to-his wife made the mistake of telling me.    So I called Bell and the nice telephone agent found the person's new unlisted number and address - I told her my story and then she gave me his address after she figured out that the guy was going to get away with ripping someone off if she did not give me the address.   I would have loved to see him when he got the paper work that he was being sued by a kid half his age!!!
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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2016, 02:23:10 AM »

Not knowing that much about small claims, I assume that one of the reasons Pedro went into hiding was because he didn't want to make it easy for people to find him and take him to court. He obviously wanted to wait out his debt collectors until they gave up and went away.

And apparently a LOT of people were after him... 8 snowtroopers from this site, and I think about 6 to 7 mattel collectors from another toysite, plus Rogers (who handled his store phone service) and his landlord that he wrote several bad cheques to (I recall that it was for something like 5-6 months worth of rent, so likely a couple thousand bucks).  He owes me about $250, and it seems from other forum reports the typical amount that people pre-paid with him was in the $100 to $150 range, so that's a lot of money for a guy living with his mommy and no other income other than his failed store.

That said, he's been working steadily for years, at least as far back as 2011. He has my contact info and I gave him the emails of the other snowtroopers he owed money to way back in 2008, so he could've paid any of us back in the past 8 years.  Or even just contacted me/them to apologize and make amends.  I think his silence is proof of what kind of "man" he really is. And that he used his poor elderly mother to fend off constant calls from collection agencies instead of dealing with it himself, says all one needs to know about his maturity.


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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2019, 07:50:53 PM »

Reading this for the first time in almost 11 years. I still collect gentle giant but only directly. Would love to see Pedro served justice someday but from experience of being a landlord 25 years ago and taking people to small claims court there is little hope. As the saying goes "you can't get blood from a stone". Hope everyone is still collecting and enjoying it. Glad to see this site still alive.
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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2019, 06:22:50 PM »

Thanks for the update - hope things are good! No news about Pedro - I wonder what has happened in the meantime on his end.
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Re: Pedro Cabezuelo - Toy Addict
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2019, 08:42:18 PM »

A simple Google search will tell you. This is from his own public LinkedIn profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedro-cabezuelo-05096a15b?originalSubdomain=ca
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Senior Public Relations Consultant
Company NameStrategicAmpersand
Dates EmployedJun 2011 Present
Employment Duration7 yrs 11 mos
LocationToronto, Canada Area
 Public Relations consulting/management for numerous technology clients.
Duties include media relations, strategic counselling to clients, messaging and preparation of briefing materials including speaking notes, planning, strategic proposals, editorial placement, social media assistance, event planning, analyst relations and building public profiles.
Ghost writing articles and blogs for numerous client executives for internal and external use.
Development and creation of marketing and communications materials including press releases, blogs and case studies.
Mentoring and managing junior members of team

Writer
Company NameRue Morgue Magazine
Dates EmployedSep 1997 Present
Employment Duration21 yrs 8 mos
LocationToronto, Canada Area
Write regular column spotlighting comics and creators as well as feature articles.
Author of Rue Morgue Library #6 - Blood in Four Colours: A Graphic History of Horror Comics.

Proprietor
Company NameToy Addict
Dates EmployedDec 2003 Jun 2009
Employment Duration5 yrs 7 mos
LocationToronto, Canada Area
 Built business plan for, secured financing for, registered, licensed and launched business specializing in collectibles consisting of both a physical retail location and web-based presence.
Conducted day-to-day store operations such as retail sales, customer service, managing cash flow, opening and closing procedures, and facility management, including building lease and security system.
Marketing functions such as performing market research, product purchasing, advertising, flyer distribution, in-store displays and signage.
Website maintenance, including daily updates of proprietary web page, direct e-mail correspondence, and integration with eBay application.
Order management of both internet and telephone sales, including shipping and receiving of products, returns, and inventory control.
Accounting functions, such as billing, accounts payable, vendor payments, and tax reporting and filing.
Relationship management, including regular customers, part-time staff, building owners, and suppliers.

The section about him as owner of Toy Addict is laughable in hindsight.  If his history was a wiki, then the following should be added: "stole hundreds to thousands of dollars from customers, landlords, and Rogers" plus: "let his elderly mother get inundated by angry bill collectors and debtors while he hid away in his bedroom for years to avoid facing up to his bungled mishandling of his so-called business".


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