A YOUNG Perth businessman has been ordered to pay nearly $7500 in fines and costs after his black-tie waiter company took money from clients but failed to turn up.
Tyson Vacher (20) operated the now-deregistered Black Tie Waiters from his Carramar home.
He was fined $1000 each on four charges of accepting payment but failing to supply all the goods and services in breach of Australian Consumer Law.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of $489 to two consumers as well as costs of $3000.
During sentencing, the magistrate said that Mr Vacher had “ruined some big nights for his clients”.
He took $252 from a Hillarys customer to provide waiters at an engagement party.
A Subiaco consumer was taken for $288 and an Osborne Park customer shelled out $270.
In each case no waitstaff turned up. In the latter two cases a refund was paid.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said a refund was little compensation for a ruined special event.
“Engagements and weddings are extremely important occasions and the no show of the waiters created stress and anxiety for the clients who were celebrating a happy event in their lives,” Mr Hillyard said.
“Mr Vacher has now paid the price for his behaviour and the court outcome is a timely reminder for other budding entrepreneurs to ensure they follow through after accepting upfront payment for goods and services from clients.
“For consumers, the lesson is clear: do not pay the full amount for goods and services until after delivery, even if the trader demands the total be paid upfront.
“If they won’t accept a reasonably low deposit or payment upon delivery, then take your business elsewhere.”
Mr Vacher now resides in Queensland. He has been approached for comment.
It is not the first time Mr Vacher has come under scrutiny.
In 2015 the public school graduate courted publicity when he organised an nightclub party exclusively for private school graduates within Perth’s ‘golden triangle’.
Mr Vacher attended Lake Joondalup Baptist College.
The concept was later revealed to be a publicity stunt.