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Cary family fumes over prom limo fiasco

Posted June 1

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— What was supposed to be a special prom night turned into a fiasco for a group of students from Cary High School, who were twice stranded by their limousine driver.

The students' parents splurged for a limousine from Lovely Limo to take the teens to the prom on May 21, but parent Carrie Nicholas was taken aback when driver Reginald Clark pulled up and bragged about the fully stocked bar in the back of the vehicle.

"I said, 'Well, these (kids) are 18, 19 and my oldest is 20, so none of them can drink,'" Nicholas said.

Clark "backpedaled a little bit," she said, to explain that he knew what was in the bar and would know if anyone had been drinking.

Nicholas' son, Andrew Hartman, a Cary High junior, said that explanation didn't jibe with Clark's attitude.

"He was like, 'All right, we can get this party going. We got the liquor,'" Hartman said.

Nicholas said she trusts her sons, so she let them stay in the limo.

Clark dropped the group at a restaurant for dinner, but Hartman said they had to wait an hour for him to pick them up.

"We called him, and he didn’t show up until like 8:45, so we were already a little frustrated," he said.

What happened next stunned Nicholas more than the stocked bar comment.

Clark took the students back to her house to clean up before heading to the dance, and he decided to relieve himself outside.

"He says, 'Do you have any wipes?' He said, 'I’m just going to go pee on the side of the house. I can’t wait," Nicholas said.

"Afterwards, I’m like, 'Why did I do that?'" she said. "If I would have been thinking straight, I probably would have just said, 'OK, we’re done for the night.'"

Once the students made it to the dance, they again were left waiting for an hour before Clark returned to pick them up.

"When he got there to get them, he was cleaning red Solo cups out of the back of the car," Nicholas said.

Clark, who said he's owned his limousine business for two years and has never before had a complaint, admitted he was double-booked for that Saturday night and that the stocked bar was intended for the other group.

He offered to refund $67, but Nicholas said the family hasn't gotten any money back.

"I just wanted them to have a good time, and instead, it ended up being a big fiasco," she said. "I just don’t want anybody else who has kids 17, 18, 19 years old to hire this guy because I don’t want them put in the same position."

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  • Jim Halbert Jun 8, 6:13 p.m.
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    You're surprised a first world country has first world problems? This is local news. This is the kind of stuff that happens here, and even though it's not as bad as the problems in Venezuela it affects us more directly and so should be reported. If you want depressing news about starving kids in 3rd world countries go to other news sites.

  • Allison Tedesco Jun 8, 4:43 p.m.
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    I just finished reading a story about people in Venezuela digging through piles of rotting veggies in order to eat because they are starving. I then see this article and think to myself that this nothing more than a 1st world problem and I cannot believe it actually made the news. If you want something to fume about, fume about people literally starving, not being mildly inconvenienced due to a limo driver being late.

  • RB Redmond Jun 3, 2016
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    - I agree. At least they got to go to the prom and got home safely. Some kids didn't get to go at all, and some didn't get home safely.

  • Ben Hill Jun 2, 2016
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    I agree this isn't much of a story since the kids were responsible, but the business kind of damaged its own reputation with this behavior. Public urination and making alcohol readily available to minors (regardless of if the minors drank it or not) is not exactly good business practice.

  • Rhonda Arthur Jun 2, 2016
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    Slow news week. These parents and kids are maybe a little spoiled?

  • fatboybbjmc Jun 2, 2016

    Wral the Yelp of the local news......

  • Sue Sloan Jun 2, 2016
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    so this is all we have to worry about??? what reporter wasted their work day on this story??

  • Paul Guzski Jun 2, 2016
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    I guess that 50% off Groupon wasn't worth it after all

  • Steven Brown Jun 1, 2016
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    You mean kind of like how your comments show your lack of humor?? Jeez, pull your head from your backside and maybe you'd realize it was a jab at wral... This IS NOT news, if uptight parents wouldn't be so overprotective and instead teach their kids not to take their fun too far they wouldn't have to plead for the local news channel to destroy a local businesses reputation.

  • Mindi Johnson Jun 1, 2016
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    What?? This is not necessarily breaking news, but it could be from anywhere. It has nothing to do with politics or race. Your comments display your ignorance.
    This is a story about a very serious lack of customer service at best and at worst the potential for disaster. Had these kids drank instead of being responsible the story could have ended very differently. The driver/owner needs to refund the families their money and owes everyone involved more than apology. He obviously has no professionalism and anyone considering his business as an option should look further for a more reputable company.

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