Charlotte woman demands money back after saying vacation went bad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — People who paid for what they thought was going to be a "vacation of a lifetime" in June didn't go as planned, and they said a North Carolina man is to blame, WTVD reported.

The owner of Black Travel Movement, Reggie Cummings, 58, said he offered a vacation called "Black Yacht Week" in the British Virgin Islands, which was supposed to include all-luxury, professional skippers, a gourmet chef with meals and drinks included.

Charlotte resident Karen Everett said she and her friends paid more than $3,000 for the vacation and said a lot went wrong while on-board.

Everett said she was one of 250 other people who paid thousands of dollars for the cruise.

"Some of the boats had mechanical issues. One of the boats the air conditioning went out, so they were stuck with no A/C, without lighting. Some people had no food. Some people had hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," said Everett.

Everett said she and 15 others from the trip filed formal complaints with the state attorney's office. She blames a Maryland-based company Cummings rented his boats from.

"We weren't properly provisioned by Dream Yacht Charters. So, My (law)suit with them is basically that because you did not provide me the service, I could not pass through those services to my customers," said Cummings.

The Maryland company filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Cummings for allegedly not paying the bill to use the yachts.

Cumming countersued, claiming he's holding onto the money to refund customers and Everett said she is demanding for her money back now.

The state attorney general's office told WTVD that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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