Mario Antoine | San Francisco Travel Blog
There are plenty of horror stories about couples who hire wedding limousines that never show up, and regular readers know that we talk about unethical limo operators from time to time. However, a recent story out of Kansas City is a fine example of the many ethical limousine services around the country that step up when limo renters are stranded by scammers. Courtney and James Pace are a recently married couple who experienced the ultimate wedding day nightmare. On their wedding day, she got a call from her fiancé, who said that their wedding limo was more than an hour late to pick up him and his groomsmen for the ceremony.
The groom and his groomsmen found another way to get to the ceremony, but minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin, the couple was stunned to learn that neither the photographer nor the videographer was there to document the wedding. The groom’s mother began making frantic calls to find a photographer at (literally) the last minute and managed to find one. After the ceremony, the newly wedded couple tried to contact the wedding planner who supposedly had reserved the limo, hired the photographer and videographer and made other arrangements for an $1,800 fee. They were shocked and furious to discover that Mario Antoine, their wedding planner, had scammed them and other couples and had not made any of the arrangements he agreed to handle.
When the couple contacted Horizon Limousine, the wedding limo service that Antoine had supposedly contracted for the wedding, they discovered that the limo service had no reservation for them. Taylor Hill, the owner of the limo service, was outraged that the couple had been scammed and quickly arranged for a limo to provide the couple and the wedding party with the limo service for which they had paid.
“The first thing that goes through my mind is how horrible of a thing to do,” said Hill. “It’s the biggest day of your life and he’s advertising a complete wedding package.”
After conducting an investigation into Mr. Antoine and his wedding planning business, Hill and others discovered that he had defrauded other couples and had moved three times within a year to avoid having to answer for his larcenies. He now faces several lawsuits and other legal troubles for theft.
There may be plenty of wedding limo horror stories out there, but for every story like that, there are many more about limo operators who do what they can to help stranded couples have a wedding limo to transport them on their special day. We are one of many ethical and responsible limousine services that do whatever we can to help people who fall victim to fly-by-night limo outfits. If you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion and you would like to reserve a San Francisco limousine that will show up on time, every time without fail, please contact us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936.