fox32chicago.com – A summer treat that lots of Chicagoans were looking forward to this weekend is apparently a hoax.
It’s called “Taco Fest Chicago” and somebody made a lot of money off of it. Tickets have been selling online for up to $80 apiece, but it’s looks like the whole thing was a scam.
“I love tacos, my wife loves em, my sister in law loves tacos, and I figured for my birthday, it could be a great event, to go do something for my birthday,” said Jermaine Pigee.
“All they told me it was off of Randolph Street. And Randolph Street, as you know, stretches all across Chicago,” Pigee said.
The website promised live music and high-speed daredevil Chihuahua racing. Pigee ordered three tickets for $75, but they never arrived. When he Googled the name of the organizer, Fanoomies Entertainment, he learned that they’d also been behind a Sushi Fest in Sacramento, which was bogus. Chicago officials say there’s no permit for a taco fest this weekend, even though Facebook shows more than a thousand people planned on attending.
The Better Business Bureau says do your research before grabbing up tickets to food festivals.
“These festivals, because they are sometimes hard to get to, there’s so many of them, you may want to be careful, if somebody is touting that they are part of a festival. do some research. just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true and accurate,” said Steve Bernas of the BBB.
Pigee’s bank reimbursed him his $75, and now he’s making other plans for his birthday.
“Maybe visit a Mexican restaurant or something, and just call it a weekend,” Pigee said.
Make sure you do your homework for these festivals and events people, read reviews, look at pictures of past events, etc. You don’t want to be Jermaine or the people who traveled to Fyre Fest, its way to easy to get scammed online these days if you don’t do the research.