The senior prom should be a night to remember, but because of what several families are calling "false advertising," it's a night they would soon like to forget.
A group of 20 Lynchburg teens paid a total of $1,800 and thought they were getting a top of the line party bus seen on Superior Transportation's Web site, but to their shock, the bright orange "Free At Last Bail Bonds" refurbished school bus arrived instead.
"They had one party bus left, that it was a busy season with proms [and] weddings, that we needed to hurry and reserve it," Stephanie Trail told Nashville's News 2, "[The bus was] brand new, top of the line and we saw the pictures on the Web site."
Superior Transportation, based out of Orlando, Florida sub-contracted the Free at Last party bus without telling the group of parents and teens or Sedan on Demand, the operators of the orange bus.
"[Sedan on Demand] did not know. We were not aware of what was going to pull up, so they were in just as much shock as we were," Trail said.
Bryan Lewis, an attorney representing Sedan on Demand, said that they were called by Superior Transport to go do a pick-up.
"If a client called us locally here in Nashville, we would describe the bus to them, direct them to go to the Web site and look at the bus and see if that's what they wanted," Lewis explained.
The teens are not the only ones who feel misled by Superior Transportation.
"We're getting paid less than half, or maybe 40% less, than what Superior took in. We've been duped by Superior just as well," Lewis added.
Sedan on Demand was paid $740 by Superior Transportation for the rental of the Free At Last party bus.
The driver of the Free At Last bus offered to leave, however parents said they had no choice but to send their children off in the orange bus by that time.
The parents do not hold the Free At Last party bus responsible for the prom night disaster.
"We were not told that were told that [Superior Transportation was] going to subcontract the bus out," said Trail.
Nashville's News 2 called Superior Transportation on Monday, but the calls were not returned.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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