Update, May 18, 2010:
After first writing this post, I was contacted by a couple dozen Oxi Fresh franchisees eager to share their enthusiasm and support for both Jonathan Barnett and the Oxi Fresh franchise opportunity. I was impressed by the excitement of this young franchise organization, and wrote a few posts on some of the innovative things they were doing, including their eco-friendly cleaning practices and franchisee support programs. I was especially impressed by the fact that this young franchisor — with fewer than 200 franchises — has unburdened his franchisees from many non-billable administrative tasks and overhead costs through a centralized scheduling center and a sophisticated online CRM system.
Disclosure: After getting to know Jonathan and his franchisees, I launched a sponsored (yes … they pay me) blog for them on my FranBest.com site (http://oxifresh.franbest.com) I can say that this is the first time I actually gained a client by writing a somewhat negative post about them (not, however, a marketing technique I recommend). But for the cynical readers among you (I’ve taught you well!), rest assured that I had already concluded that Jonathan & Co. were good folks on a noble quest before I accepted their filthy, opinion-corrupting lucre!
All the best… Sean Kelly 😉
Over at Rip-off Report, the franchisor of Oxymagic Carpet Cleaning Powered by Oxygen is more than a little peeved with his former Vice President of Franchise Development, Jonathan Barnett. He claims that Barnett, a “Christian college kid,” has blatantly ripped off his business to start a copycat franchise called Oxi Fresh.
Jonathan Barnett was the former Vice President of Franchise Development for Oxymagic Carpet Cleaning Powered by Oxygen. Although he was a fiduciary of our company I found out that he was starting a ‘copycat franchise’ while still employed by Oxymagic. Our equipment manufacturer called me and stated that Jonathan had sent a fax to their office claiming to be the owner of trade secrets and wanted to share secrets about Oxymagic. This within itself is criminal by nature and there are several U.S.C. codes that Mr. Barnett violated. Breach of fiduciary duty, wire fraud, and missapropriation of trade secrets. This evidence was turned over to the FBI twice. I expect that since white collar crime is not a big priority it just got filed away. Jonathan converted Oxymagic’s call center that was located in Lakewood Colorado. The computers and employees and started answering the phones with his new company name. Our terrible attorney that we hired to represent us failed in getting us an injuction against this new company…. The FTC should come down on him hard but after all that has happened I have NO faith in our civil or criminal system. Jonathan with his MBA should have known that all he was doing was causing consumer confusion in the marketplace but Jonathan has NO creativity and stole our business model.
I would suggest that anyone looking into buying a franchise from Jonathan Barnett investigate him and his company before spending a dime.
David Owasso, Oklahoma U.S.A.