Repto Party

(15 Posts)
Ribbityfrogand3 Tue 23-Aug-16 18:19:25

I hope it's okay to post this on here, if not please remove. I just wanted to let everyone know that the Repto Party promoted on FB at the moment is a complete con. Daniel Barnes cancels on the day of the party, taking your money with him if you don't put up a fight. He has no thought for the children involved and how disappointed they will be. I am not the only one this has happened to, please research his company via Google, Mumsnet, Twitter.
I don't want this to happen to anyone else's child.
Thank you.

JessB2008 Sun 04-Sep-16 17:24:35

Hi. I, really sorry that your sons party was cancelled but I just want to add a bit of balance to this thread. Dan from Reptoparty came to my sons birthday party today and he was fantastic. I was so nervous when I saw this post after I had booked and handed over my money but I can only say amazingly positive things about Dan and his relaxed approach to the children handling the reptiles.
He replied to messages sent via Facebook, sometimes a little slowly, but he always replied. I think it's a bit mean to say that he is a con. He definitely wasn't for us and my son said it was the best birthday ever.
I am also going to post this message on a similar thread on this site.

tash640 Tue 06-Sep-16 18:07:13

My friend had her son's party cancelled on the morning as did another in the Croydon area. We have tried to promote this on twitter/fb etc. To do that to a child is pretty low. He gives lame reasons and yes he does turn up to some but just google it/twitter/fb etc and you will find many, many, many angry parents. I will be blogging and the local press are going to be infomed. I don't think it's mean at all to say he is a con.

Ribbityfrogand3 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:19:03

JessB2008 I'm really glad that Daniel didn't let you down. However as the previous post says he has let down several others. He has disabled his review page and does his best to block any bad reviews and believe me there are more than a few on social media.
Please ask yourself if it was your child and you found out you had been lied to would you just take it lying down or would you do anything you could to stop it from happening to somebody else? I chose the latter. If Daniel was so innocent he could have contacted me at anytime to apologise and offer some form of compensation. This wasn't done. I just got blocked.
I should imagine he is now trying to repair the damage that's been done to his business, hopefully this will mean he will not be letting any children down in the future.
This is not just some spiteful hate campaign. Research his company as I have and you will see that he has been doing this for several years and getting away with it.

tash640 Sat 10-Sep-16 18:23:35

Dan oh sorry yes Jess make sure you balance all the negative comments on the internet

Stelh2016 Sun 18-Sep-16 16:05:25

We had our party cancelled yesterday afternoon 2 hrs before it was due to start. I was contacted via messenger, by someone saying dan and the reptiles had been in a car accident and would have to cancel. Today I went to check his FB page for update to see if he was ok, it is gone and he is no longer on messenger. I can't believe this could be a con? I genuinely felt sad yesterday on hearing he could have been injured and we had to do a 2 he party with no entertainer! What excuse did he give?

ARM1980 Sun 18-Sep-16 20:45:13

Anyone who has experienced a similar situation with Daniel Barnes: We have just lodged a fraud complaint and urge other victims to report their cases by calling 101 as well. Chances of having the police investigate the matter properly are significantly higher when they receive mutliple complaints. The officer suggested I share our reference number with other parents who wish to report, so please gwt in touch with me and I am happy to provide it. Andrea

ARM1980 Sun 18-Sep-16 20:47:40

PS: He cancelled on us today at 7.15am for a party at 11am saying some of his animals were dead and others sick.... What a scam. High time something gets done about it. Please get in touch. Together we can achieve more.

Stelh2016 Mon 19-Sep-16 18:28:25

I'm just looking at his personal Facebook page he is on over 200 local groups for towns up and town the country! He must have scammed hundred of people

ARM1980 Mon 19-Sep-16 20:53:22

That is shocking!!

ARM1980 Thu 22-Sep-16 23:59:49

Support group for ReptoParty scam victims: m.facebook.com/groups/306130006424003. After requesting to join pls check ur message folders as admin will get in touch to verify it is a genuine case. Quite a few fake accounts and 'Dan fans' have been trying to gain access to this support group.

Nataliacarmarthen Sun 02-Oct-16 07:16:35

Hiya,
PLEASE DO NOT USE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I went to a reptoparty that dan held in July with my kids which was brilliant then booked him in for my kids joint birthday party for October 2nd.

Firstly I should have suspected something as his communication was terrible and when he didn't receive my money straight away he insinuated that I hadn't sent it which was incredibly rude.

Anyhow on Friday (the 30th ) I text him to make sure everything was good for Sunday the 2nd. No REPLY, then tried to call him and nothing.

He finally texted me back last night, (the night before my kids party ) to say that he wasn't coming, that he had messed up his diary, had depression and anxiety and he would give me a refund on Monday. I texted him back saying what the ?!#% and nothing, tried to call and nothing. I can't believe that he has done this to my kids. I've had to break it to them this morning and naturally they are incredibly upset.

Luckily I was able to call my bouncy castle guy and he is saving me.

so please please please don't use this man. He has a lot of people on FB that have said the same thing about him. A lot have also said that he throws great parties (one of which I went to) but when you are the one he shafts it really isn't worth the risk. Needless to say if he doesn't send me the money back Monday I will contact the police (they already have a file building up on him).

startalloveragain Fri 25-Nov-16 20:09:17

Hi nataliacarmarthen - we found out about Reptoparty beforehand from a local mums group, so cancelled after googling around. It took three months to get our money back but he eventually paid up. I would recommend joining the Facebook group that is linked, as there are a lot of parents in a similar position. When I got refunded another 20-30 other people also got refunds. While it's great that people got their money back, the fact there were 20-30 other parents is really quite scary.

Dizzybintess Thu 01-Dec-16 22:09:00

He is still at it At the moment offering 50% off and a free party! That's what you call clutching at straws before the shit hits the fan

Dizzybintess Thu 01-Dec-16 22:09:24

Don't consider touching him even with a shitty stick!

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