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Please don't steal from us

I just spoke with my friend that owns the other leading pole school in town. She just found out one of her students is teaching pole dance out of her home. And this student has never taken pole dance from anyone but her, so she is stealing her tricks and methods and making money from it now (not to mention taking potential clients).

We have EVERY student sign a non-compete before they start their first class. So this woman is in violation of the non-compete contract she signed. And this is the 2nd student she has had that did this; take her classes and now teaches her own classes out of her home.

I put my friend in touch with my legal service so she can have an attorney send the student a cease and desist letter. I also asked her to please report this thieving student to the city (some areas of town won't let you run a business from your home) and to the state (in case she hasn't set up the business properly with the state) and the IRS.

Both she and I paid thousands of dollars for instructor training. So it is really a bee in my bonnet when some one comes along and steals our lessons and methods and starts making money off of it. There are pole schools all over the country that will teach and certify you as an instructor for about $1,000 to $3,000. Buy a plane ticket like the rest of us and fly to one of those teacher training programs and learn it properly. But if you're going to take classes from us and then compete with us, say hello to our attorneys, the State, the City zoning department and the IRS. They're friends of ours and we want you to meet them.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of running a business.

And good for you for taking action on it...

I'm now picturing someone whose taken maybe two weeks worth of classes and then trying to teach from her house. Her non-classroom approved house. And falling on their head. I know people who would too.
Thank you for that mental image. I'll prolly never sleep again.
Bravo for standing up for yourself!

And that's why you need that attorney.

I'm sorry there're idiots out there that don't folow what they sign. More trouble than they're worth.
Definitely drop a dime and let the city/state know that she is illegally teaching out of her home. You know damn well there is a reason you have be zoned properly AND have a business license, etc. Drop one of her flyers at City Hall and ask to see if it is a legit business ;)