‘Trust your gut’
Gardner said cases such as this can remind the community to be wary.
“In this case, a lot of the victims, after we were distributing the money to them, came in and talked to us and said when they walked in [to About Face], they just knew something was wrong, but they needed the service and they were offering a good price for the service, so against their better judgment, they went ahead and did it,” he said. “I would just say trust your gut instinct and if something doesn’t feel right make sure you check it out a little bit further.”
Kay Emmitt said she’s learned from the experience.
“We felt a little funny about it all along,” she said. “The odd thing was, every time we went, the door was locked. We had to knock, and they would come let us in and then lock the door behind us.”
Lana Richardson was very friendly and outgoing, Kay Emmitt said.
“She was the sales lady and the talker,” Kay said, adding that Lana Richardson would take the patients back into the exam room and get them situated.
“He would only do what he had to do and then he would shoot back out of the room, and then she would come back and say what he thought you needed, instead of him coming back and telling you himself,” she said. “We just thought that was kind of strange.”
Michael Richardson would always have a mask on so they couldn’t see his whole face, and Curtis Emmitt had wondered if the “doctor” was a “germaphobe,” Kay Emmitt said.
“I just know it’s made me wise,” Kay Emmitt said. “I will be very cautious about using an outside lab or anything like that. It may cost a little more to go through a dentist, but you get what you pay for, I guess.”
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