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"Donald Trump's victims: Michael Diehl | The Briefing"

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A billion dollar dream come true. Donald J. Trump's Taj Mahal. The eighth Wonder of the World.  
I was just a small business owner trying to make a living, sell my pianos, taking care of my customers. I feel as if somebody stole $30,000 from me. When somebody like the Taj Mahal is going to order pianos, they check with the most respectable dealers. I expected the bill paid in 30 days. When the 31st day went by, I gave them a call, and I got sort of a runaround. And then I waited another 10 or 15 days and I called again and I got no answer at all. I kept calling and tell them about the necessity for getting paid for these. I either got "We'll call you back", or "You'll have to talk to somebody else," or you know, "We'll do the best we can." Then about two months later, I got the letter in the mail. They didn't have enough money to pay everybody. The Taj Mahal didn't have the money to pay their bills. And the letter said, "You can accept 70 percent on the dollar, or you can wait until the Taj Mahal makes enough money to pay the bill in full, which might take a long time." There was no question in my mind that it was a bullying deal. I had to accept the 70%. I can't sue them for $30,000 because it would cost more than that in legal fees. When you buy pianos from a manufacturer, they expect to be paid for the pianos. I was short $30,000. And if you're short that amount of money it's got to come out of what you spend on family expenses; bills you should pay, I had five children at the time, so there was a lot of stress. If you're running your own business, you have to be successful or you're in real trouble.  
Trump Entertainment Resorts, which went bankrupt, lenders lost over a billion dollars and more than 1,100 people were laid off. 
First of all, these lenders aren't babies. These are total killers. These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think, OK? 
The people that got hurt in Atlantic City are honest, hardworking people, just like me. I'm certainly not a killer.  
The lenders definitely lost money, but small-time investors through retirement funds also suffered. So did small business owners who sold the Trump Organization paint, equipment, food. 
If you want to get a sense of what is Donald Trump like as a person? How does he run things? You can look at Atlantic City as a good set of examples and potentially cautionary tales. 
They figured out a way to pay less for what they owed, and I don't think that's fair. Somebody who cheats you out of $30,000 legally, that's still stealing. He's built his empire on other people's backs. He's made deals to his own benefit and stuck people along the road.  
I have used the chapter laws of this country to do a great job for my company, for myself,  
I think if Donald Trump becomes president, it's going to be every man for himself. He has no plans for doing anything that's constructive for anybody, except himself. We're gonna suffer. That's what I said, the little man's gonna suffer and the whole country could suffer.

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A billion dollar dream come true 
Donald J. Trump's  
Taj Mahal 
Casino | Resort 
The Eighth Wonder of The World 
Michael Diehl 
Small Business Owner 
I was just a small business owner trying to make a living,  
sell my pianos, taking care of my customers.  
I feel as if somebody stole $30,000 from me. 
In 1990 
Donald Trump opened the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, 
reportedly costing over a billion dollars.  
 
When somebody like the Taj Mahal is going to order pianos, 
the check with the most respectable dealers.  
Michael Diehl owned a successful music store in New Jersey. 
Mr. Diehl sold $100,000 worth of pianos to Trump's new casino. 
I expected the bill paid in 30 days.  
When the 31st day went by, I gave them a call, 
and I got sort of a runaround.  
I waited another 10 or 15 days, and I called again,  
and I got no answer at all. 
I kept calling and telling them about the necessity for getting paid for these.  
I either got, "We'll call you back," or "You'll have to talk to somebody else," or "We'll do the best we can." 
About two months later, I got the letter in the mail. 
They didn't have enough money to pay everybody.  
The Taj Mahal didn't have the money to pay their bills.  
The letter said, "You can accept 70 percent on the dollar, or you can wait until the Taj Mahal makes enough money to pay the bill in full, which might take a long time." 
There was no question in my mind that it was a bullying deal. 
I had to accept the 70 percent. 
I can't sue them for $30,000 because it would cost more than that in legal fees.  
When you buy pianos from a manufacturer they expect to be paid.  
I was short $30,000. 
If you're short that amount of money, it's got to come out from what you spend on family expenses;  
bills you should pay,  
I had five children at the time,  
so there was a lot of stress. 
If you're running your own business, 
you have to be successful, or you're in real trouble.  
Trump Entertainment Resorts, 
which went bankrupt,  
lenders lost over a billion dollars and more than 1,100 people were laid off. 
First of all, these lenders aren't babies. 
These are total killers.  
These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think, ok? 
The people that got hurt in Atlantic City 
are honest, hardworking people, 
just like me.  
I'm certainly not a killer.  
[Voice of Robert O'Harrow, Jr. , NPR Fresh Air Podcast, March 17, 2016] The lenders definitely lost money, but small-time investors through retirement funds also suffered 
so did small business owners who sold the Trump Organization 
paint, equipment, food. 
If you want to get a sense of what is Donald Trump like as a person? 
How does he run things? 
You can look at Atlantic City as  
a good set of examples 
and potentially cautionary tales. 
They figured out a way to pay less for what they owed, and I don't think that's fair. 
Somebody who cheats you out of $30,000 legally, 
that's still stealing. 
He's built his empire on other people's backs.  
He's made deals to his own benefit  
and stuck people along the road. 
I have used the chapter laws of this country to do a great job 
for my company, 
for myself. 
If Donald Trump becomes president,  
it's going to be every man for himself.  
He has no plans for doing anything that's constructive for anybody, 
except himself.  
We're gonna suffer.  
The little man's gonna suffer, 
and the whole country could suffer.  
The Briefing 
HillaryClinton.com/Briefing

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