Local News

Man Takes Gamble On Casino Cruise Trip, Wants Money Back

Posted Updated

FUQUAY VARINA, N.C. — A man who gambled on a casino cruise and lost out received his money back, thanks to Five on Your Side.

Paul Pearson visited Las Vegas a couple of times and enjoyed playing the casino games, which is why a Capital Tour Service ad for a Myrtle Beach Casino Boat Trip appealed to him.

"I said, 'Well, that sounds like something I want to do,'" he said.

In July, Pearson called Capital Tour Service in Fuquay-Varina. He paid $120 for five people to take the boat trip. Pearson said owner Amanda Weaver told him to send a check and she would send him tickets right away. A couple of weeks passed and the tickets did not arrive, so Pearson called Weaver.

"I said, 'Well, I never received anything.' and she said, 'Well, that's funny. I sent it off before we went on our vacation,'" Pearson said.

Pearson said Weaver promised to mail another set of tickets. He still did not get them and called her again.

"I said, 'Look, it seems like we're having problems with your mail getting to me,'" he said. "'My check didn't have any problems getting to you,' I said, 'so let's don't send it anymore. Tell me where to meet you in Fuquay and you can give me the tickets then.'"

Pearson said Weaver promised to call him back with a meeting place.

"I never heard anything from her," he said.

Pearson left more messages, then he finally left one saying he called Five on Your Side. That day, Weaver called him back. She told him they were no longer doing the casino trip and that she had already sent him a check. Pearson said he did not get that check either.

"It was a pain in the butt," he said.

Five On Your Side called Weaver. She claimed she had the wrong address for Pearson and promised to mail another check. Once again, Pearson did not get anything. Five On Your Side called Weaver again. This time, Weaver sent Pearson a moneygram for $120 and Pearson got it!

Weaver told Five On Your Side Capital Tours is no longer in business. Pearson said he would still like to take his trip sometime, but right now, he is using the money for Christmas shopping.


Monica Laliberte, Reporter
Greg Clark, Photographer
Lori Lair, Producer
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

Copyright 2022 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.