North Star Steaks / rip-off, Scam
I did something incredibly stupid the other day. I was outside of New Richmond, WI and cashed a $50 check for a salesman from North Star Steaks. The guy was desperate, needed gas and swore the check was good and he really appreciated it and blah blah blah! Well, a few minutes later a State Patrol officer told me the check as bad (he tried cashing one at the gas station) and that he didn't even have a valid license. They had pulled him over, gave him a ticket but they didn't know at the time that he had wrote me a bad check so I'm still out of luck. I checked with the company and they said he doesn't work there any more and stole the van. They said "he's back on the crack pipe." They also said he was a great employee and even managed the Rochester store. I have one of his drug arrests below (Bryan James Wekseth) so you can what kind of guy they consider a great employee.
My lost money is my own stupid fault but what I lost is nothing compared to what people lose every day when they deal with North Star Steaks. First, do you really want to invite an ex con, drug addict in to your home? Do you really want to feed your family food you just bought from an ex con, unlicensed, drug addict? Do you know how the meat has been handled, who handled it and was it handled safely?? Do they have a license to sell door to door in your city? Since they don't do background checks or maybe they just don't care, should you let one of these people in to your home? Do you really want them near your wife, children, valuables?? IS IT WORTH IT? BY THE WAY, THE MEAT IS THE LOWEST GRADE AND THE CHEAPEST CUTS YOU CAN FIND - I WOULD NOT GIVE IT TO MY DOG!
Door to door steak sales is nothing new and if you google "Door to door steak sales scam" you can see what they are all about. They usually make up stories like "We were just delivering to some local restaurants and have left over stock to sell" or "My freezer just broke down so I need to sell these steaks right now at a huge discount." It's all crap just like their substandard product that isn't fit for a dog.
The Minnesota Better Business Bureau has them rated at 'D" because of numerous complaints. See for yourself http://www.bbb.org/minnesota/business-reviews/meat-retail/north-star-steaks-in-cottage-grove-mn-96062578?&language=1
Here's a link to someone who was ripped off by these people. You can also google "NORTH START STEAKS SCAM - RIP-OFF" for more
They are located in Rochester, Blaine and other locations but they drive all over so they could be in your neighborhood today.
Business Contact and Profile
Name: North Star Steaks
Address: 8144 Joliet Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN [protected]
Original Business Start Date: April 2007
Principal: Mr. Michael Gott
Customer Contact: Mr. Michael Gott - [protected]
Email Address: email@example.com
TOB Classification: Meat-Retail
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
9993 Davenport St. NE
Blaine, MN [protected]
Additional Phone Numbers
We are fully licensed in the states of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Bryan James Wekseth
DEFENDANT: Bryan James Wekseth
CITY/RESIDENCE: Minneapolis, MN
AGENCY: Forest Lake Police Department
CONVICTION: Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
SENTENCE: The defendant received the following sentence: 15 months in prison, execution stayed for 5 years on the following conditions: 1) Supervised probation for up to 5 years; 2) Serve 180 days in the Washington County Jail, with credit for 174 days served; 3) Pay a $50.00 fine and surcharges on a schedule to be determined by Court Administration; 4) Abstain from the use of mood altering chemicals, including alcohol, and submit to random urinalysis at his own expense; 5) Attend AA/NA meetings three times per week for six months and provide written verification to the supervising probation agent; 6) Have no same or similar offenses, remain law abiding, and cooperate with standard conditions of probation; 7) Cooperate with the transfer of supervision to his county of residence; 8) Provide a baseline urinalysis today, and 9) Provide a DNA sample.