BUCKEYE, AZ - A dispute is brewing between two Valley party rental companies over delayed payments.
“We did a rental agreement, an equipment rental agreement which he has,” said Jeremiah Gutierrez.
Gutierrez is in the party planning business; photo booths, bounce houses, and waterslides delivered to your door.
“I’m still paying for what he should be paying for,” said Gutierrez, a local military veteran and postal worker.
Back in March, Gutierrez decided to focus solely on photo booths. At the time, reaching an agreement to lease eight bounce houses and waterslides to Jamba jumpers LLC.
“For the first couple months, he was kind of dragging on the payments, the time frame, and then that last few months it’s been kind of disappearing, he's continued to miss payments or give half payments,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez says of the $4940 owed, only $1080 has been paid. When Jamba Jumpers owner Tony DeGeorge failed to live up to the contract they signed, Gutierrez made a simple request.
“You either pay us or give us back the equipment. He didn’t want to give us back the equipment, didn’t want to pay us,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez has since filed a claim in court and showed us pictures of the equipment from his Facebook page. The same equipment now advertised by Jamba Jumpers.
So, ABC15 went to DeGeorge’s home in Tonopah to get answers. DeGeorge wasn’t home but did say he’d speak to us when he got there. After hours of waiting, ABC15 finally spoke with DeGeorge by phone.
DeGeorge admitted to falling behind on payments but says he’s trying to work something out with Gutierrez. He also disputes the amounts he's currently accused of owing.
An excuse Gutierrez says he doesn’t want to hear and words that could send this whole thing to court.
“My response to anything with him is just do the right thing,” said Gutierrez.