A Chico woman is angry, and feeling "duped," after buying gift cards to a business that is now out-of-business.
Becky Murphy is a single mother of four.
She says she went in to "Styles For Less," an Anaheim-based chain, just after Black Friday.
She says the salespeople encouraged her to buy gift cards for her two teen daughters, so she bought two cards at $50 a piece.
When they pulled up to the store the day after Christmas, they learned that the store had closed down.
She says she tried reaching out to the store on Facebook, and by calling the corporate office, but she says she has not gotten a response.
It turns out the store had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several weeks before she bought the gift cards.
Says Murphy, “When you're ripping-off families at Christmas, it's just gross. And even though I'll never get anything back, I don't have a problem saying something.”
Action News Now reached out to the business’ corporate office and have not heard back. We also spoke with a bankruptcy attorney, who said there are many factors that go into whether or not the business acted in bad faith.
But most likely, Murphy will not be able to get her money back.
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