Parent seeking refund for Lido Beach summer camp to file suit
A Nassau County parent says he doesn't feel safe sending his kids to camp this summer, but says the camp will not give him his money back.
Jamie Shaw, of Lido Beach, says back in September he prepaid for his kids to go to Malibu Beach Camp, which will be open this summer. But when the pandemic struck, he asked for a refund due to the circumstances.
Shaw says he paid $6,000 for his two daughters to go to the eight-week program. The camp owner said he could use the money for next summer, but won't get a refund for this year.
"I approached the camp for a refund and they said no refunds will be issued, you can use the money for next year, and that bothers me, they've had my money since September," says Shaw.
A spokesperson for the camp says they're following the industry standard on refunds. They added that Malibu Beach Camp gave several refunds to people before its March 1 deadline.
"We've offered them a full credit for next year. No one had been told that they're not getting a refund or that they're not going to be fairly compensated," says Brian Finnigan.
In a Facebook group, other parents posted asking about a refund from Malibu Beach Camp, and were denied.
Shaw says he hired a lawyer, and is now suing the camp to get his money back.