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Canvas Corporation
Canvas Corporation Meadowlands vendor, ICandy Corporation Don't pay the commission they promise, don't pay when they promise to and eventually don't p
15th of Nov, 2010 by User937909
Canvas Corp. is the company that sells hot dogs, sodas, etc using sellers wearing bright green shirts and walking around with trays at New Meadowlands stadium, Prudential Center in Newark, PNC Arts Center, NJ, and Richmond stadium on Staten Island.


Canvas uses Craigs List to hire its sellers, promising tips, commission sales, and a chance to see the games. BUT once you have been hired and worked a day, they don't pay you the commission straight away. So now you are in the hole to them and awaiting a check by mail or next week sometime or when they get your address right or when the guy with the checks shows up or when you work at another particular event or when they are not so busy or dont have computer glitches...get the gist?


If you are not a good seller, they never pay you the commission. If it turns out you are one of their better sellers, they pay you the commission but it works out that you didn't understand the formula correctly and the commission is actually less than you thought...get the gist? And then if you show up at another event so you can actually be there to pick up your check, the commission is always a little bit less than even the now reduced commission formula that they explained to you last time...get the gist?


And so you work the second even since you may as well get the tips and you need the money, but the commissions start to only be paid now and then and now only occasionally and then barely at all. If you complain, there's the threat that maybe you don't want the job (and they won't pay you any of the now substantially backed up commissions) and there are lots of other people lining up for a chance...get the gist? Some staff wait two months for one commission payment.


The company relies on a high staff turnover to make this work. Mark Sarnoff also sounds very reasonable and has a multitude of plausible excuses why he "just can't pay you right now". But he also does this to many of his event managers and nearly all of the people involved in the operation are waiting for multiple commission payments.


If you use the job to watch the game, they fire you on the spot. There are tips but not sufficient to make the whole thing worthwhile.


Many of the staff are chosen becaue they are the sort who are afraid to speak up. When I quit, many were talking about going on strike but I suspect they don't have the gumption for it. And...besides...Mark Sarnoff or his sidekick, Bruce Herzog...can just get more sellers via Craigs List anyway. Its a good pitch that gets people to the game and, they may as well work becauses they can't watch the game, and they promise to get people all square away next week..get the gist?


They claim to have offices on Park Avenue Sth. but these are per weekly rental offices and nobody is there from Canvas. Sarnoff's office manager has a voice message that will verify much of this - call Lynda Frewin at .

Comments
4762 days ago by Fmcginn
What can we do to stop this? My son was scammed by this company.
4708 days ago by ScammedinLA
Sounds like you got their formula down-pat. Has any one had success with filing legal action?
4707 days ago by Hoosurdaddy
it sounds tome like your all just a bunch of cry babies. If you dont like it then learn how to type and go back to school. There is no scam. You just probably suck at math.
4707 days ago by Hoosurdaddy
get the gist?
4651 days ago by Cheick
this is so true
4610 days ago by Crisscross
Legal action is being taken by a number of previous employees that were owed money. If you want to sue, file in small claims court, and be sure to give the process server the correct address: 77 Maple Avenue, # 304, Rockville, NY 11570.
4610 days ago by Anonymous
Also, this company has been investigated by the Department of Justice and lost (fined over $13, 000 - and had to pay someone more than $10, 000 in money owed).
They are also being investigated by the Department of Labor, and the Internal Revenue Service. I would say that anyone that is owed money, ought to fight for it.
People like this should have to accept responsibility for their actions.
4610 days ago by Anonymous
With no training and no safety regulations in place for this company, there have been people that were injured, and one guy actually died while working (heart attack).
I don't know if they have filed yet, but that guy's family has grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit if you ask me.
4418 days ago by Valerie
I was screwed majorly and have yet to be paid by Bruce Herzog and Joel Dirks. Everyone beware. I am trying to file suit against them but I have no address. These people are the scum of the earth!
4384 days ago by Vendor 80
I have vended for them periodically over the years. My first event, I showed up, with the proper paperwork, I-9, worked, and got a check 2 weeks later in the mail. If you provide the correct information, you will get paid on time. The commission check and formula was easy to follow and I was not caught off guard when I receive my check. Quit complaining if you are not good at this job. Nothing in life is handed to you.
4322 days ago by Trudat
it is all true they live off screwing people over. I was a manager and tried to get my people paid but if they weren't good workers they did'nt care .Herzog has owed the irs money for year sand was put in jail for not paying child support. he needs a job like this so he can hide his cash earnings and not report income so his ex wives cant get more support from him- anyone who would short his children woulnt have to think hard about shorting you- if he can think at all as he is coked or smoked up most of the time- sarnoff is a pathological liar and always claimed that everyone is ripping him off - a sure sign he is always ripping others off as thats how his mind works best to ignor these unhappy disgusting people and dont gryt involved with them in the first place.
4299 days ago by Zorikh
In November of 2010, I began working at the Prudential Center for a company that uses the name CanvasCorporation and also uses the name iCandy. The boss of this company is a man named Mark Sarnoff. My job was selling refreshments (water, soda, popcorn, CrackerJacks, cany, etc) in the stands. That's right, I was the guy yelling "Popcorn! Cracker Jack! Water! Soda!" in the stands. I actually kind of liked the job. I got to see lots of NJ Devils and Nets games, as well as concerts by Usher, Lady Gaga, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and events of the UFC, WWE, and the Harlem Globetrotters.. I even sold coffee and refreshments to the hopefuls standing in line waiting to audition for the X Factor.

I made friends with most everyone, and became a fan favorite by yelling things like "Sugar! Caffeine! Carbohydrates! Salt! Carbonation! Hyration! Caffination! Sugaration! Pepsi Nation!"I would say hello to the cheerleaders every day and generally had a good time while getting lots of exercise carrying heavy buckets of product up and down the stairs for three hours. I was frequently the first person on the floor and almost always was one of the top 5 sellers of the day.

this is not to say that the job was all wonderful. Those buckets were heavy, occasionally people would complain about the prices or refuse a sale when they learned they could not keep the cap with the bottle (stadium policy). There was one day that I was called in to work the night before and was sent out into the cold March air to try to sell to at the poorly-attended NCAA fan fest in Championship Plaza. After 90 minutes of no success, I went home empty-handed.

Then there was the time we were flown to Las Vegas to sell beer at a NASCAR event. That was such a big cock-up it deserves a whole separate entry.

And then there was the money. At first I got paid more-or-less regularly, more-or-less the amount of commission that I had earned, although I never got a check for the first day I worked. As time went on the checks came in shorter and shorter, some days not being paid for at all.


After a misunderstanding on a particularly hectic and chaotic day (May 25, 2011, a day that deserves another whole entry), I was fired and told that I would get the last of my commissions in a few weeks. I have not received any money from CanvasCorporation since then.

Here is a rundown of all the days I worked, how much I sold, and the commission I should have earned.

Ø On November 24, I worked the Devils-Flames game, sold $219 worth of drinks. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $28.47. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Nov. 27 I worked the Devils-Flyers game. I don’t know how much I sold, but was paid $35.04.
Ø On Nov. 28 I worked the Nets –Portland game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $36.36.
Ø On Dec. 1 I worked the Nets-Oklahoma City game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $47.99
Ø I may have worked Dec. 2 Devils-Canadiens game and the Dec. 5 Nets Celtics game, but I don’t remember, and I didn’t write it down.
Ø On Dec. 10 I worked the Usher concert. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $50.30
Ø On Dec. 11 I worked the Devils-Red Wings game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $30.78.
Ø On Dec. 12 I worked the Nets-L.A. Lakers game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $63.91.
Ø On Dec. 14 I worked the Nets-Philadelphia game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $41.98.
Ø On Dec. 15 I worked the Devils-Coyotes game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $28.14.
Ø On Dec. 16 I worked the Nets-Washington game. I sold $448.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $58.305. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Dec. 17 I worked the Devils-Predators game. I sold $302.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $39.325. I got paid $34.90.
Ø On Dec. 18 I worked the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. I sold at least $500 at the first show and at least $300 at the second show. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid at least $104. I got paid $26.43.
Ø On Dec. 23 I worked the Devils-Islanders game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $38.48.
Ø On Dec. 28 I worked the Seton Hall-South Florida game. I sold $213. I was told we would be paid a 15% commission for that day, which means I should have been paid $58.305. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Dec. 29 I worked the Devils-Rangers game. I sold $416. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $54.08. I got paid $55.72.
Ø On Dec. 30 I worked the Harlem Globetrotters games. I sold $219 the first game and over $500 the second game. I was told we would be paid an 18% commission for that day, which means I should have been paid at least $105.42. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Dec. 31 I worked the Devils-Thrashers game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was told we would be paid an 20% commission for that day. I was paid $63.46.
Ø On Jan 4, 2011, I worked the Devils-Wild game. I sold over $250. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid at least $32.50. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Jan 5, I worked the Nets-Chicago game. I sold $531. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $69.03. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Jan 7, I‘m not sure what event I worked, but it was not a Nets, Devils, or Seton Hall game. I sold $250. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $32.5. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Jan 8, I worked the Nets-Milwaukee game. I sold $420. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $54.60. I got paid $53.20.
Ø On Jan 18, I worked the Seton Hall-Georgetown game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I was paid $13.43
Ø On Jan 20, I worked the Devils Penguins game. I sold $240. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $31.20. I got paid $30.56.
Ø On Jan 21, I worked the Nets-Detroit game. I sold $423.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $55.055. I got paid $44.77.
Ø On Jan 22, I worked the Seton Hall-Rutgers and Nets-Dallas games. I sold $129 at the Seton Hall game and $432 at the Nets game. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $72.93. I got paid $68.16.
Ø On Jan 23, I worked the Devils-Panthers game. I sold $415.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $54.015. I got paid $50.48.
Ø On Jan 24, I worked the Nets-Cleveland game. I sold $323. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $41.99. I got paid $39.52.
Ø On Jan 30, I worked the Seton Hall-Providence game. I sold $392. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $50.96. I got paid $45.95.
Ø On Jan 31, I worked the Nets-Denver game. I sold $454.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $59.085. I got paid $55.22.
Ø On Feb 1, I worked the Devils-Senators game. I sold $133.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $17.3875. I got paid $16.25.
Ø On Feb 4, I worked the Devils-Panthers game. I sold $330.25. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $42.9325. I got paid $42.03.
Ø On Feb 5, I worked the Seton Hall-Connecticut game. I sold $368.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $47.905. I got paid $39.14.
Ø On Feb 6, I worked the Nets-Indiana game. I sold $612.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $79.6575. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Feb 8, I worked the Devils-Hurricanes game. I sold $249. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $32.37. I got paid $31.71.
Ø On Feb 12, I worked the Nets-Knicks game. I sold $709. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $92.17. I got paid $96.10.
Ø On Feb 13, I’m not sure what event I worked, it was not Devils, Nets, or Seton Hall. I sold $344. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $44.72. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On Feb 18, I worked the Devils-Rangers game. I sold $356.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $46.28. I got paid $41.70.
Ø On Feb 28, I worked the Nets-Phoenix game. I sold $520.25. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $67.6325. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 4, 5, 6, I worked the NASCAR event at Las Vegas Speedway. I sold $3040. I was told we would be paid a 12% commission. I should have been paid $364.8. I got paid $277.
Ø On March 8, I worked the Devils-Hurricanes game. I sold $422.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $54.9575. I got paid $50.67.
Ø On March 17, I worked the Nets-Chicago game. I sold $440.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $57.2975. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 19, I worked the UFC event. I sold $1089.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $141.635. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 20, I worked the WWE Smackdown event. I sold approximately $980. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid approximately $127.40. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 21, I worked the Nets-Indiana game. I sold $522.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $67.925. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 25, I worked the NCAA playoff game. I sold $622.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $80.9575. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On March 27, I worked the NCAA playoff game. I sold $473. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $61.49. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On April 2, I worked the Devils-Canadiens game. I sold $492.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $64.0575. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On April 2, I worked the Devils-Maple Leafs game. I don’t know how much I sold, but I got paid nothing*.
Ø On April 8, I worked the Nets-Knicks game. I sold over $500. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid at least $65. I got paid nothing*.
Ø On April 9, I worked the boxing event. I sold $437.75. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $56.9075. I got paid an uncertain amount**.
Ø On April 10, I worked the Devils-Bruins game. I sold over $300. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid at least $39. I got paid nothing.
Ø On April 11, I worked the Nets Charlotte game. I sold $462.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $60.125. I got paid an uncertain amount***
Ø On April 14, I worked the X-Factor event. I sold $1243. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $161.59. I got paid nothing.
Ø On April 22, I worked the Lady Gaga concert. I sold $504. I was told I f there were no complaints we would get 17% commission. There were no complaints. At a 17% commission, I should have been paid $85.765. I got paid an uncertain amount**.
Ø On May 7, I worked the Usher concert. I sold $323.50. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $42.055. I got paid nothing.
Ø On May 25, I got called after 9 PM the night before to work the Liberty pre-season game. I sold $662.5. At a 13% commission, I should have been paid $86.125. I got paid nothing.

*A paycheck dated 4/10/2011 came in with no work dates on it in the amount of $631.49
**A paycheck dated 4/29/2011 came in with the work dates of 4/5, 6, 9, 11, 22 without the per-day payments itemized, for $64.57
The total of all my paychecks was $1979.54

Total commissions calculated as earned: $3082.158
The amount I was paid on those days that I don’t know what I earned: $453.87

On Feb 28, the manager, Scott, failed to write down $100 that I had turned in during the game, and did not believe me when I told him I had.. He insisted that I cover the missing $100 with whatever money I had (tips and whatever I had in my pocket when I came in that day). After all the other vendors had turned in their sales and inventory was taken, it was discovered that I was right and he was wrong, but they only had $80 in cash to pay me back. Therefore I am owed $20 for that day.

On March 24, I was called the night before to work the NCAA fan fest in Championship Plaza. I sold nothing for 90 minutes in the cold at this poorly attended event at which there were other food vendors. I was told by the manager Bruce Herzog that what I did helped the company. I told him I wanted $20 for my time. He said to tell Mark and I would be “taken care of better than that.” I never got the chance to tell Mark, and I have been paid nothing. I will accept my original request of $20 for that day.

After one game, late in the season (I can’t remember which game) the manager, Dave, failed to account for $108 in candy that I had sold when it was time for me to turn in the money. I waited and let him check over his figures several times, and encouraged him to do so, as I thought that it was an unusually large amount for me to have left over. He could not find anything wrong with his figures then so I left. About an hour later, when I was already halfway home, he called me to inform me of his mistake. I asked him to please take it out of my next paycheck. I don't think they ever did. They still owed me far more than that by then, anyway. So that is $108 to me in addition to what I have been paid.

Total of commissions earned, both estimated and actual, plus monies owed for miscellaneous reasons, and including the amounts paid on days in which I do not have records: $3561.598 (the actual total should be higher due to estimations)

Total paid to me in commissions, plus the $108 mentioned above: $2180.92

Estimated total of unpaid commissions and other monies owed by Canvas Corp to me: $1380.678

The actual total should be higher due to estimations.

My checks never had my correct nbame spelled on them. Some of them were made out to "Zohrac Lequidire, " some to "Zorich Lequidre." I did not get a 1099 for 2010, and the 1099 for 2011 was made out to "Zohrac Lequidre" and was for an amount that was less than I earned in total, and less than I earned under the name to which it was closest, "Zohrac Lequidire."

Repeated calls and e-mails to Mark and other contact people who were supposed to be working for him have not gotten me any money. Mark has texted me saying that he has already paid me what he owes me and accused me of stealing, something I would never do.

I just wanted to put this out there. Mark, if you are listening, it's time to pay up.

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