First ever HobbyDrama post so forgive me if it's a little jumbled or hard to follow.
Okay, for some context - decoden is a craft that originated in Japan, which is using silicone and resin items to decorate things. The most popular item to customize is phone cases, and there are many of these businesses on Instagram, that sell cases and also little other accessories.
On June 15th, a shop called 'MilkyMelty' run by a crafter named Esther, had a sale on premade items. Esther also sells art commissions as well as used to sell customized cases, but this sale was for all premade/non-customizable items, as she had decided to stop selling decoden and take a break from the shop.
However, about a week ago, people started commenting on the sale post, that they had direct messaged Esther and were hoping for an update on the items, as it had been almost a month since the sale and she had not posted on either her main or sales account and had seemingly not contacted any of the buyers either. She still didn't reply.
A bigger decoden shop, MoniquesDecoShop run by Monique (...obviously) decided to take matters into her own hands as she had also ordered items off the sale. A couple of days ago she began to post slightly cryptic Instagram stories, saying she had 'tea to spill' and complaining about 'unprofessional businesses'. She posts more personal things than a lot of other decoden shops though, so personally I assumed it was just something unrelated going on in her life BUT today it all came to a head when she made this post and directly named Esther.
Esther finally replied after a month and made this post on her Instagram about the issue. Basically, she said that she's been out of town for this entire period of time (seemingly on a vacation), and she's aware she made a mistake, but currently does not have enough money to refund all the purchases at once because she's spent the money out of town and on bills, etc, saying she doesn't even have enough money to buy water.
Now people are even MORE mad because she apparently had told some people over DMs that they would be getting a refund for their purchases as seen in this screenshot but now she's backtracking. She's also saying that everyone can file a claim with PayPal and get their money back, but people are asking her how she expects PayPal to give everyone the money when she doesn't have enough money in her account and it'll get overdrawn - here. Essentially Esther has just stolen and made off with hundreds of dollars, gone on vacation for a month, spent it all, and now has no money to refund back but also is refusing to ship the products out, and apparently expects PayPal to just... work it all out somehow? She doesn't need to make any more items, just package and ship them (as mentioned, all premade things) and so people don't understand the big issue.
There is also a LOT of extra drama happening between (mainly) two people in the comments, all of which can be seen here but if you don't want to scroll through an entire album of petty drama I'll try to sum it up. HoneySweetCharms, another decoden/resin crafter, comments that it's completely unfair to be making excuses for everything and that Esther is in the wrong, which Esther acknowledges. Esther, however, uses the phrase 'I am at this stage in my life where it might just be easier to end it' which is possibly alluding to suicidal thoughts (as she mentioned not being able to send the items due to mental stress) and HSC is not happy with that. She accuses Esther of manipulating her customers psychologically to garner sympathy and calls it an abusive tactic and her business practices 'unethical and immoral'. Esther replies once more to clarify she doesn't want to divulge more information and leaves it at that.
Then Esther's friend jumps in. Her friend accuses HSC of mocking and bashing her. Then HSC completely goes off and says the behavior is utterly unacceptable and 'disgusting'. The conversation continues in the same vein for a while until Esther's friend accuses HSC of being 'aggressive' and HSC comments (as a black/mixed person) that aggressive is used to negatively describe POC who defend themselves. Esther's friend thinks this is ridiculous and that it has absolutely nothing to do with race, just kicking someone when they're down. HSC continues to call Esther a scammer and liar and says that she will not be oppressed by the other commenter trying to keep her down with racism by calling her aggressive. As of right now the drama in that thread seems to have ended with HSC finishing up with a 'literally stop talking to me and leave me the fuck alone, your friend is a scammer, bye'.
People are also commenting on MoniquesDecoShop's original post saying they have orders from months ago, some from over half a year ago, that weren't shipped at all, including art commissions that were never done and people seem to be getting vague responses when they try to ask what's going on with their order. More people are coming out of the woodwork and saying they haven't received their orders, some from LAST YEAR, which means they're out of the period in which you can file a claim.
Drama is still unfolding because the refunds haven't really been addressed yet but it was so juicy I had to share. If you made it all the way to the end, I applaud you.
Personally, although I do feel for Esther, it's completely unprofessional and businesses shouldn't hinge on your personal life & issues (and if something comes up, tell people instead of disappearing for a month). I also feel bad for Monique that some people are accusing her of coming for Esther when she just made a post so people were aware which didn't seem hostile in any way.
TL;DR: highway robbery (whether intentional or not), accusations of abusive manipulation, racist descriptors, and a whole lotta PayPal claims after an Instagram seller mysteriously disappears into the void with everyone's money and products. the accessorized phone case community sure is wild.
Audio. I thought it'd be good to share this in light of the rape accusation.
Here's a transcript of the important part:
Charlamagne: Listen man, you just never know... Its a lot of gray areas when it comes to that shit man... a lot of gray area.
Andrew: yes there are gray areas but if you're unconscious you rape somebody, and thats plain and simple, and theres nothing you can do around that, if you're unconscious...even if she's drinking, even if she's tired b she ran a marathon that day... if she passes out and she's unconscious now and you fuck her, that's rape... Now, this is a weird thing that has been said to me by multiple girls actually, uh they go "you know what'd be fun, is we woke up in the morning, and you were like already fucking me..." I'm like, you mean raping you? WTF why you trying to get me caught up? Doesn't that sound like a set up? That's how I'm in jail for 10yrs because of some fantasy that you had. You never had a girl say that? Like how we just wake up...
Charlamagne: I remember a scenario in Myrtle Beach, South Caroline, I got this girl real drunk, and uhm, I fucked, we fucked.
Andrew: ... just that sentence sounds a little fishy, "I got her drunk against her will..."
Charlamagne: Nah I did. Now I didn't just get her drunk I went to the sex store and got Spanish Fly.
Andrew: Oh so you raped her?
Charlamagne: Shut up. Spanish Fly. They sell it in the sex store, I'm telling the truth... they sell it in the Spanish store. I had the fucking... I mean they sell it in the sex store.
Andrew: Why you snitching on you dog? They sell knives in the store too, you can put that to a girls throat, and have sex with her, doesn't mean its legal.
Charlamagne: So I put the spanish fly in the E&J, we drinking the E&J and shit... so in my mind I don't know if this shit really work, but I feel like I got horny as a motherfucker too! Right? Right?
Andrew: You took it too?
Charlamagne: So she was drunk and shit, and we had sex and shit, and like a lot of my boys were trying to come in the room and fuck her and I'm like nah chill out, we not doing that, I'm not gonna let y'all run a train on her, that's rape. So, right, so, so...
Andrew: If its just one on one, its ain't rape. Trains are rape.
Charlamagne: So the next morning, the next morning she wakes up and uhm, we talk about it. And she's like "What happened?" I'm like "We had sex." she said "Ok well I'm glad it was you." Then a couple days later, she's like "Yo are you sure I only had sex with you?" Because one of my stupid ass cousins was going around saying he fucked her, which he didn't, I know for a fact he didn't. I was there with her the whole time. He did not fuck her. He looked at her naked, but he didn't fuck her. Right? So, so, so... I'm telling her no me and you just had sex, nobody else did nothing. So it just was weird that she was like, "I'm just glad it was you." You know what I'm saying, because in mind yea you could have been in a real bad situation if it was another motherfucker there...
Andrew: That's a huge compliment man. A girl just said, "yo at least you raped me."
Charlamagne: I didn't rape her. I did not rape her. I did not rape her.
Andrew: If it was any of your cousins or friends... it would have been rape.
Charlamagne: I didn't rape her, because me and her had every intention of having sex with each other.
Andrew: So then why would you put the Spanish Fly?
Charlamagne: I was a freaky... I'm still a freaky motherfucker but I was really, I was... listen I was... my whole...
Andrew: Wait, was she passed out when you fucked her?
Charlamagne: Nah... she wasn't like. She was like one of those drunks where listen, no listen, no, she was one of those drunks where like, she was like one of those drunks where she was like oh, coher... she wasn't coherent, but she was up, like when your girl... like when you're blacked up like that don't know what the fuck is going on type shit, like she was really fucked up...
Andrew: She was awake and she was into it?
Charlamagne: She was wasted. Yea. She was wasted.
Andrew: Her eyes were not rolling in the back of her head?
Charlamagne: Nah nah nah nah... she was
Andrew: Ok was she snoring while you were having sex?
Charlamagne: It was just weird because while we were having sex, she was... because one of my homeboys used to fuck her on the regular. When I say the regular, the regular... that was his girl. He hates me probably to this day.
Andrew: Wait, so you fucked your friends girl?
Charlamagne: I was a piece of shit. It wasn't his girl tho, it was like a girl he used to really love. So this is the whole story... The girl was white right, and he was black... so this is in Monks Corner, South Carolina... they couldn't really have an inter-racial relationship at the time, dixie flag flying over and shit, right, they couldn't be... it couldn't really go down. So they couldn't really claim each other, you know what I'm saying... but it was one of those weekends she just mad at the motherfucker, and came to get drunk with me, and I had been flirting with her, and we had been talking on the phone, we kiss every now and then.
Andrew: This is your boy's girl...
Charlamagne: This is my boy's... He should have claimed her.
Andrew: Which boy?
Charlamagne: I'm not saying..
Andrew: Do I know him?
Charlamagne: Nah you don't know him. He should have claimed her.
Andrew: Was he at your wedding?
Charlamagne: Hell no. Absolutely not. But its like, we knew it was going to happen but it was just the fact that it could have been really bad for her, is my point. The fact that she woke up the next day and was like "I'm just glad it was you, and just you." was weird to me... that was a little strange.
Andrew: I like the fact that you made yourself a hero in this story.
Charlamagne: I did. I'm the Dr. Dre. I wrote... I wrote this... straight out of Monks corner. I wrote this.
Andrew: Sweetheart they was trying to come in the room... they were trying, after I drugged you and you passed out... they were trying to come in and get some pussy but I said no.
Charlamagne: I did not drug her, and pass out....
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Flytape is a legend, both for his antics during and after his reign as an r/conspiracy mod, especially his incredibly cringey podcast video where he wore a bird mask and vaped while gossiping about reddit powerusers he didn't like and somehow still managed to be boring.
So what pushed our hero to delete his account? It started when he made a shitpost about Justin Trudea's eyebrows and the r/conspiracy mods deleted it. Flytape then took to r/conspiracy again to call out the mods and declare his righteous indignation that they dared remove his post. For this, he was given a 3 day ban. The injustice was too much for flytape to bear and he deleted his account. Q will avenge him.
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Here are the reviews. Yelp is removing lots of these but a bunch still remain. At one point they were being bombarded with reviews that had pictures of swastikas. Lots of fake reviews for and against them.
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