Guest Post by Uncle Al-
Back in 2015, Cardigan posted an article listing companies that contributed directly to Planned Parenthood. One of them was Intuit, publishers of QuickBooks, TurboTax, and other business-related software and services.
Intuit is again showing its ugly SJW face. In two articles by Kat Ainsworth on web site The Truth About Guns, we find that Intuit has abruptly, without notice, terminated the QuickBook merchant accounts of multiple firearms-related businesses.
Today, Ainsworth wrote,
Yesterday, I spent time on the phone with Rob Hansel of Lone Wolf Distributors and John Heikkinen of Flint River Armory. The two companies sometimes do business together and recently had a rather large transaction go awry as a result of Intuit QuickBooks’ apparent anti-gun policy. The conversations were both interesting and enlightening, the latter because these issues highlight ongoing business practices with dishonest undertones on the part of Intuit.
On May 11th, Lone Wolf made two of what would be three transfers to Flint River. On May 14th they completed the third transfer. The transfers were made through Intuit’s QuickBooks merchant services; Flint River Armory had a merchant account for the purpose of credit card and ACH payment processing. …
The transfer in question wasn’t for firearms, it was a separate business transaction. I’ll state that again: it had nothing to do with either components or complete firearms. The total amount of the three transfers: $150,000.
The money was withdrawn from Lone Wolf’s account by Intuit within thirty minutes. In accordance with standard business practices, it should have been deposited into Flint River’s account with relative speed. Instead, there was no sign of a pending deposit. Instead Intuit abruptly terminated Flint River’s merchant account.
The money is still in Intuit’s bank account, likely drawing interest. Intuit has finally acknowledged that they need to give the money back and have promised to do so, but that hasn’t happened as of this morning. Time will tell if they will honor their promise or not.
Last week, Ainsworth wrote,
The software company [Intuit] informed Gunsite that they were immediately ceasing all business with them. Why? Because they sell and promote firearms.
At first blush this was frustrating news, but Gunsite figured it could be handled. Then the other shoe dropped: in addition to cutting business ties with Gunsite, QuickBooks/Intuit refused to release the money from credit card charges currently in process from sales that had already made.
This amounts to tens of thousands of dollars from not only purchases made in the Gunsite Pro Shop – including hats, shirts, bumper stickers, and coffee mugs – but also money that had been paid for classes taken on gun safety and marksmanship.
Yes, you read that right. Tens of thousands of dollars in sales of products and classes, paid for in good faith, that Intuit has refused to release. Instead, Intuit stated they would refund those monies to the credit card holders.
The effect is that Gunsite has to contact each and every one of their customers whose payments were blocked to ask them to resubmit those payments. That’s a lot of hours, bad customer relations, and we all know some of those customers will stiff Gunsite and not bother to pay.
Now, I believe that companies have a right to decide for themselves with whom to do business, but companies do not have the right to take a company’s money with the understanding that it would be paid to a particular account and then refuse to make that payment or even release funds back to the originator’s account. Holding onto those funds is at best fraudulent and arguably downright larcenous.
I strongly suggest reading the two articles at TTAG. They contain more information and relevant detail. I also strongly suggest having nothing further to do with Intuit and letting the company know exactly why you are cutting all ties.