map-marker Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Biggest scam around

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I owned a franchise in Winnipeg in the 80’s. I personally was not harmed by John Kresz but I witnessed many who were.

His biggest scam was getting young franchisees to go to a new city and open up multiple stores as a partner but in reality you never owned a thing. Heard someone put a hit on him well he was retired in Vancouver so he left town or even the country.

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As a former contractor (hired lacky) for Sooter's, I know many of the inner workings of the company. Many of the corporate stores were sold as franchises to people who were lied to by John Kresz and his area/regional managers.

Dozens of people threw their life savings into owning a studio/retail store based on empty promises. Once the company had the franchisees money, all the BS and shenanigans started.

Franchise fees, royalty fees and a contract that forced store owners to buy from products from the company at inflated prices. It's not surpring that Kresz returned to Hungary after the number of lawsuits that he was faced with.


So was I. The Pembina Hwy store. Kresz was a crook,

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map-marker Coquitlam, British Columbia

Sooter Studios Franchise Rip Off

Do not ever invest in a Sooter Studios. John Kresz the owner has gotten rich off the backs of people he sold studios to then he charged them royalties and all sorts of other fees and charges, forcing them to give the studios back to him. His agreements are worthless. Check out the records for failed Sooter Studio Franchises. Call a few current owners and see if you can find out how happy they are. Sooters has ruined people's lives, taking life savings and ruining dreams. They sell the studios to their current employees, then suddenly they change the prices and the terms. You are stuck. They will hold your work costing you customers who cannot get their portraits from you so they hate you. Sooters hires bullies who strong arm the store owners and literally drive them into the ground or into the grave. My cousin owned one and I worked for her for 3 years and I saw what they did to her. She lost everything because they provide such *** lab work, do not keep commitments and just want more money. She was held hostage. Her orders were held to the point she could not face going to work because her customers were screaming at her for their goods and she could do nothing to help them. She took that abuse for years and it eventually contributed to her death. I hope they go bankrupt. They have been sued numerous times and always lose. They have been sued for some pretty serious matters such as one person was gravely injured. Do not take my word for it....GOOGLE SOOTER STUDIOS CANADA OR SOOTERS OR JOHN KRESZ AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. I DO NOT KNOW HOW HE AND HIS FAMILY SLEEP AFTER THE GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE THEY HAVE DESTOYED. BUT THEY DO NOT CARE. HE LEFT THE COUNTRY. I HOPE ALL PEOPLE BOYCOTT ALL SOOTER PORTRAIT STUDIOS AND DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM EVER. CHECK OUT THEIR REPUTATIONS ON HOW THEY TREAT EMPLOYEES. FIND OUT HOW MANY TIMES THEY WERE TAKEN TO LABOR STANDARDS AND LOST. FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT SOOTER PORTRAIT STUDIOS BEFORE YOU EVER BUY ONE BECAUSE YOU WILL BE SET UP TO FAIL AND THEY WILL TAKE THE STORE BACK AT ANY TIME THEY CHOOSE...ALONG WITH ALL THS STOCK AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPTMENT YOU HAVE...THEY TAKE IT ALL. THAT IS WHY THEY TRY TO KEEP KEYS TO EVERY FRANCHISE BUT MOST OWNERS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE LOCKS. HAVE A LAWYER LOOK AT ANY AGREEMENT THEY TRY TO GET YOU TO SIGN. YOU WILL BE TOLD WHAT A RIP OFF IT IS. I MISS MY COUSIN. SHE WAS A GREAT LADY, HER KIDS MISS HER STILL EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ADULTS AND SHE WAS AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER. SOOTERS BROKE HER HEART AND STOLE HER MONEY AND DREAMS.
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I worked for Sooters in the late 80's, managed a few studios and can't believe I found this. The poster on this matter is spot on.

It was my dream to be a photographer and this was my gateway. They used me up until I was practically an alcholic chain smoker.

After I finally conceded my place there I quit smoking in 3 weeks and finally was free to move on in my life. The management has always been after the bottom line at the peril of it's employees.


Mr.Kresz and his henchmen Pravin Patel and David Betts swindled thousands and thousands of $ from people under the pretense of selling a franchise. The entire scheme was a formula to grab cash quickly.

People would put their life savings down as a deposit toward a franchise. Anywhere from $20K to $80K. After a short period of time Kresz would now try to make new owner go out of business as soon as possible. Flip flopping of franchises was the main source of income. Not the processing of film and conducting proper bnusiness !!

About 1982 Mr Kresz was arrested for fencing stolen jewlery.

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He's a complete deviant and his wife is his partner in crime. Nothing but dishonest greedy slime.

Dirty foreigners coming here to rob Canadians. Total criminals.


Please do not mistaken the services provided by Sooters Studio at North York, the guy that's worked there has worked there forever, and he provides the best service every time! I know it first hand, I've been getting my passport pictures from him for many years, and every single time i never got rejected at the office. The effort he puts in is brilliant, and i respect that, as a studio photographer and a business man

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