I agreed to hire David to perform at an event and volunteered to pay for his parking. At the event, I gave a speech to a group of attendees. After that speech (and prior to the end of the event), David was nowhere to be found. I have never once written a negative review on any service that I have ever used, but this one is worth writing because David threatened me (two days later) with respect to his $16 downtown parking fee (which I was always willing to give and would have given him immediately were we able to locate him).
I would not hire David again for that reason alone.
On top of that, I was underwhelmed by his performance. He spent a considerable amount of time looking at his phone or notes in between musical selections.
I hope that David will refrain from threatening customers in the future.
Hired as: Violinist
Response from David Beytas:
I'm very sorry you weren't satisfied with my performance on Thursday night! I am however a bit confused about your frustration in regards to me leaving when I did. At the time of the booking, we agreed that my contracted playing time was between 5:30 and 7:30pm. At 7:30 I played for about 8 more minutes, finishing my current song set, at which point I called and texted you asking if I were still needed, and received no response. I waited around until 7:45, 15 minutes after my contracted time had ended, still with no response. At this point I thought my services were finished. Nobody had informed me that there would be a speech or that I was still expected to stay at the party well past 7:30. I in fact didn't hear from you again until 2 days later, after asking you for the parking reimbursement a second time, still with no response. I mentioned that if you didn't reimbursement me for the parking fee I would report this to GigSalad as a service not rendered, and I no longer expect that you will honor our agreement regarding said parking fee. I was unaware that I was expected to stay well past my contracted end time in order to earn my parking reimbursement.
I'm so sorry that there was such a misunderstanding regarding the time commitment. Had you asked me to stay a little longer, I would have continued playing as long as I was needed. I would never leave any performance before my contracted end time! I will definitely be more careful with these details in future contracts and I hope you have a more pleasant experience with another musician at your next event. All the best to you!