KLIF Wheels Ed Wallace Attempts to Leverage His Media Position to Coerce a Refund from Car Wash
2023 January 21

Among the targets that Ed Wallace most relishes lampooning are those he considers “Karens”, particularly those who are private Dallas-area citizens caught in the public eye when acting out well below their best behavior. “Karens” are known to demand special treatment, often with an entitled do-you-know-who-I-am attitude. Of course, the only ones whom Wallace highlights are those perceived to be conservative.

Yet, during the December 24, 2022 edition of KLIF Wheels, Wallace gleefully recounts his tale of going full “Karen” on a small car wash chain. In his own words, his story is as follows:

Speakers: Wallace, El Attrache, Ingram
KLIF 570 AM December 24, 2022


[…]

Ed Wallace
”And so in May I use my credit card once for a car wash and I don't check my statement every month. I just pay it online at the end of the year when I do my taxes I pull on my credit card statements out. So the one time in May I use that credit card to buy one fast wash at the Zips drive. A car wash. Became two subscriptions of $20 each for two different cars and they've been hit me with it for the last six months.

[…]

Ed Wallace
So I wrote them This actually shot borders on fraud. I used my credit card once and only once at your car wash and it's turning $40 a month for six months and they wrote me back and they said we're not going to refund your money but we will cancel the membership.”

[…]

Ed Wallace
”I simply wrote back and I said, you might want to “Google” who I am before you say that you're going to put up with this kind of fraud and blame me for it.

[…]

 

What is particularly disturbing was Wallace’s reaction to Zips Car Wash’s refusal to provide a refund. Wallace immediately touted his position in the media; implying bad press is coming their way if his demands are not met.

Speakers: Wallace, El Attrache, Ingram
KLIF 570 AM December 24, 2022


[…]

Ed Wallace
”… they wrote me back and they can give me when I told him to “Google” who I was they said they gave me $60 back.”

David El Attrache
”So they didn't think highly of you?”

John Ingram
”So they kept the 180?”

Ed Wallace
”I simply said, keep the money, because the story is better than that. But here's the thing, when you're dealing with people who are engaged in incompetence to that level, or fraud.
Okay. I'm not going back. Ever.”

John Ingram
”Yeah”

Ed Wallace
”Because I know who I'm dealing with now.”

John Ingram
”Yeah. And now the listeners know.”

David El Attrache
”What’s the name of that car wash again?”

Ed Wallace
” Yeah, let's… let’s rub it in. Zips.”

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So, when the vendor then offered what he considered an inadequate refund amount, Wallace told the business that his privileged media position made the story more valuable to him. And, true to his word, Wallace lambasted the car wash in three lengthy segments over the course of that show. Perhaps Wallace learned something from the Boston mobster with whom he dined.

Squeals with Ed Wallace: Shame if Anything Happened to Zips Car Wash. (KLIF Wheels)[EXPAND]

All of the above raises the question of what Wallace would have done had Zips Car Wash acquiesced to his demands. Would the story still have been broadcasted to warn his audience of issues with the car wash’s billings? Or would his silence have been purchased?

Many times, Wallace declares that he is ♫ not a consumer advocate. Believe him. Wallace is not looking out for the best interests of the consumer. He is advocating for himself. He is advocating for those who send advertising dollars his way. And he is advocating for his far-left, socialist agenda.

Compare the above to another far-left celebrity advocate who looks out for consumers even when doing so does not put more dollars in his pocket. Rick Steves is a travel writer who hosts television and radio travel shows. His actions were as follows after feeling defrauded:

Rick Steves’ European Travel Tips and Tricks

2018

”When I get ripped off, I celebrate because they do not know who they just ripped off. I’m going to learn that scam. I’m going to take it home and tell everyone about it.”

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Upon feeling defrauded, Rick Steves does not seek to leverage his fame into compensation unavailable to the general public. Instead, Steves exposes the scam to his audience.

Going back to the original story, Zips Car Wash erroneously charged Wallace. But, if one uses a credit card, one is responsible to verifying the charges when the statement arrives. After the statement arrives, one has 60 days to dispute the charge with the credit card issuer should the vendor refuse to correct the matter. Those terms are reasonable. And Wallace’s negligence in waiting so many months before checking his statements resulted in no refund initially being offered.

Furthermore, Ed Wallace and John Ingram announcing over the public airwaves that they do not monitor their credit card accounts dispels any notion that these guys are smart and can handle things, as any thieves listening now know whom to target.

And with that, keep on travelin’

 

 

 

 

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