Corporate Greed. I felt like I'd been told.
"You need to learn your place."
The Legend of Pez Outlaw
Read Pez Outlaw Diary, then you will know the truth about the history of Pez when Pez Outlaw Ruled.
The impact that my 11 year run as Pez Outlaw had on Pez Corporation n the Hobby of collecting Pez is quite impressive. Millions of Pez smuggled from Europe etc. Millions more dispensers sold by Pez Corporation that never would have existed without the Pez Outlaw effect; Color Variations, the so called Misfits, Crystal Pez, Glow in the Dark Pez and Oh Yes Bubble Boy.
So what actually happened?
Pez Corporation agreed to make $250,000.00 worth of special pez for me. To qualify I had to buy another $250,000.00 worth of product, so 1/2 million total. Then Pez Corporation intentionally reproduce the product to launch there new website. The intent by Pez Corporation was to destroy my company. I will never come out of the shadows again, I can't win out there.
Spies, Black market deals, smuggling and Bribery.
10 years, Nobody could catch me.
Gun Towers, Armed Guard Check Points, Military Equipment on Tarmacs at Airports n Hookers almost everywhere you turned. FYI the Hookers were anything but shy. Five or six on the roadside as you drove by, one out of five would be flashing you, lifting her shirt as an invite. At a roadside food-stand one Hooker was wearing, we'll call them trousers, so sheer that she might as well have been wearing nothing. Add to that the always present groups of Gypsies
n bubba you got a story.
Everywhere I went people on the hustle with a recent jolt of freedom. Eastern Europe was to me a real contradiction. Remnants of the old oppression side by side with the new energy of a fresh batch of entrepreneurs. My timing could not have been better, the perfect marriage of an idea, the will to act on it n the environment for it to be possible.
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I realized yesterday while shoveling Horse Poo that this is the 20th anniversary of my very first trip to Europe Buying Pez. If The Legend of Pez Outlaw were ever made into a movie, here's how I'd start it.
Opening shot. Joshua n I tucked up on a tiny prop engine plane Austria to Slovenia, with an overweight male stewardess falling all over us handing out Tupperware sandwiches. The tiny plane violently bouncing around over the Alps.
Wardrobe. Me in my Trench Coat n Midnight Blue Velour Track Suit, clutching a paper towel in my left hand for security, true story. On the flight from the US to Europe I would not let the Flight Attendants take my coat as I did not trust anybody.
To the writer. Sitting in my seat on that flight to Slovenia is where I'd have my character reflect on how he ended up here, sure he was about to die. The whispered conversations about Pez that led me to that moment in time. From 1970 to 1990 I had been an accumulator of things old, from 1990 to 1994 I started doing antique n toy shows as a seller. During 1993 I started selling Pez from Canada, which led to those whispered conversations about Kolinska n why I ended up on that plane in the Spring of 1994.
The tiny car we rented in Slovenia n how we had to almost push that thing through the Austrian Alps, because there was no way in hell we were ever gonna get back on that tiny plane out of Slovenia. We drove that tiny car from Ormoz Slovenia all the way to the Airport in Germany.
Driving that tiny car from Slovenia through Austria, The Slovak Republic, Hungary, The Czech Republic, ending up in Germany for our flight home. Using Maps n locals, one of whom happily climbed in the car (his idea) to show us where to go. An elaborate goose chase that ended at a shoe factory not a Pez factory. Border patrol guards going through our luggage n openly stealing items. The strongest images of Eastern Europe from that first trip were lots of Machine Guns Tanks n Armored Vehicles on tarmacs at airports n borders. That's probably why I'd call that First trip Bullets Over Budapest.
The stories of Gypsies, Prostitutes, clandestine meetings, Bribes, smuggling in plain sight, my own version of the Wild Wests Hole In The Wall being The Raba Hotel in Gyor Hungary n how Pez Corporation would have killed to know that location. How the staff at the Raba literally guarded my privacy. How my movements resemble a covert agent more than some Redneck buying Pez.
For a few years I lived beyond my wildest dreams. Went from an average of $30,000/$40,000 a year to almost a million one year. My ride was mind blowing. I went from not really having left Michigan to traveling to Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Paris n Hungary. My fall was no less of mind blower, followed by an over 10 year deep depression.
I started my Pez adventure with under $4,000.00 cash, a tax return n what I could scrape together at the time. Over the next 11 years I turned that $4,000.00 into 4.5 million dollar gross sales. In 1998 Pez Corporation committed Fraud through Breach Of Implied Contract which eventually led to my near Bankruptcy.
The reason all of this was possible was the Corporate structure of PEZ. In short it was flawed n I found an almost legal way to exploit vulnerabilities within Pez Corporate structure n policies. I moved fast n relentlessly at these flaws n vulnerabilities. Legally Pez Corp could not do much n if they could have they could not catch me. This drove the then President of Pez USA to be reckless, forcing Pez Europe to commit FRAUD through Breach of Implied Contract.
I never could have done those first few trips with out my son Joshua's optimism n adventurous spirit. I owe any success I achieved with Pez to Joshua n my wife Kathyn Ann for her support n belief in me. Even now after my fall, Kathryn still has faith in me, How that's possible I'll never know.
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Welcome to Pez Outlaw Diary, The Story Of My Decade Long Adventure.
Targeted By Pez Corporation. Pez Outlaw Diary. PEZ Corporate Fraud, Dishonesty, Betrayal, Envy n Greed.
Pez Corporation Committed a $250,000.00 Fraud through Breach of implied Contract.
Pez Corporation used a clients ideas to destroy that clients business.
Pez Corporation used there own product to destroy a client.
Pez Corporation sold then devalued there own product to destroy a client.
Pez Corporation initiated a smear campaign against there own product once a client bought that product.
Pez Corporation manipulate the price n value of there own product to destroy a client.
Pez Corporation destroyed a client then used that clients ideas for over 10 years to profit.
My Sins or
I conceived n sold the first Crystal (clear plastic) Pez Dispensers.
I conceived n sold the first Glow in The Dark Pez Dispensers.
I conceived n sold the first Holiday Colors (you know them as the copies Misfits) Pez Dispensers.
I sold the first 2 Bubble Boy Pez Dispensers after Pez initially abandoned him. Which by no coincidence is why he exists today.
I brought an entire group of C class trucks (pink, yellow n orange cabs, black stems) to the USA.
I brought almost every Black Santa in collections today to the USA.
I brought almost all of the original Pink Bunny Pez to the USA.
I imported the entire initial group ( approx 250,000 ) Pez Body Parts to the USA.
I imported almost all of Aral, Shell Oil, BP gas, Pilots, Mariners, Alpine boys n all color variations to the USA.
I imported almost all of the Santa n Easter with body parts to the USA.
I created the California Pez Convention.
I Reduced common Foreign Pez prices from $25.00 each to $5.00 each.
I Reduced recently discontinued Pez at $50 n $75.00 each to $10 to $25.00 each.
I bought n sold more pez in 1990s than any other dealer (even if you combined top 3 dealers), over 2 million.
I am the only person that large groups of Pez are known as sj glew Pez.
There never would have been a Pez Website if it's intent by creation with copies of my product hadn't been to destroy me.
To say I had an impact on the Hobby of Collecting Pez is a very big understatement.
The above list is nowhere near everything.
The Reason Pez Corporation Targeted Me.
For approx 3 years by default I ran Pez USA. The reason I say this is for 2 to 3 years most of what Pez USA did was in direct response to what I was doing.
For 3 years I was the largest Pez Dealer in the world.
Over an 11 year period of selling Pez I earned $4,530,899.00 in Gross Sales. Then lost it all in the Pez Color Wars
For 10 years I traveled to Europe almost every month buying Pez. Spending just under 1 million dollars.
I smuggled roughly 1.5 million pez dispensers into the USA from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia n Canada. Over 700,000 pez were hand carried by me personally between Europe and the USA.
Total Amount of money spent buying Pez worldwide, well over 2 million dollars.
I operated in an underground black market Pez economy for 10 years. Making me a Pez Outlaw. A man on the run with a giant bulls-eye on my back.
Countries visited buying Pez included; Canada, Australia, Austria, South Africa, Spain, France, Slovenia, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Switzerland and Sweden.
The following are surveillance photos taken on the sly by me. For this transaction I paid Gunther Leitner for 50 boxes of 12 carded Silver Glows per box. The driver and I were then told where to meet off site by Gunther.
It Fell Off The Back Of A Truck.
|Photos are of the silver glow Pez buy. The driver was under orders from Gunther Leitner. I paid Gunther, then met the driver for delivery.|
|That's me on the left. These are Photos I took covertly while buying Pez.|
|Covert Pez photos I took. That's me on the right. Tell a friend many more to come.|
Pez Outlaw Diary. Who doesn't want to read somebody else's diary. Especially if it is about Scoundrels and Thieves.
The Raba Hotel in Gyor Hungary
|Restaurant at the Raba Hotel. I spent a lot of time here smoking cigarettes drinking espresso & Fanta orange as a chaser. Absolutely lovely place, many fond memories. Table with thingy on it was my table.|
The Elvis Cafe.
The Elvis Cafe was this really weird restaurant located at the side of the road. I used to pass this cafe every trip in Hungary. Like I said, If you take the M1 freeway you really don't see Hungary. You have to take two lane blacktops if you want to see a passenger plane sticking out of a building. This restaurant was located about midway between the Vienna Hungarian border and Gyor. I actually stopped at this cafe several times. Had espresso up in the plane and bought several T-shirts.
|Elvis Cafe outside Gyor in Hungary. Picture courtesy of Rudi.|
The Real Pez Truck
Jánossomorja was the name of the town or was it the warehouse where Gunther sent me. All you had to do was spot the smoke stack with Pez on it. then find the roads that got you there. This was the warehouse where Pez dispensers were stored. At the time it was also where candy was made and pez were carded. Like Kolinska in Slovenia. More or less the distribution hub for the old Eastern Block countries and Russia. Gunther owned that part of the world when it came to Pez.
This is the building Where I found Gunther Leitner that day. That's my crappy little red rental car turning the corner. Unlike the photo the parking lot was empty and the main door was wide open.
Below Photo of the Ferry Boat I booked passage on with Silja Ferry Lines in Sweden. Inset is Pez Pal Mariner.
I arrived at Silja Ferry lines & was allowed to board the ferry & go to the gift shop on board the ship. There I met this really wonderful lady who ran things named Tuula. She said we have about 60 or so Pez Pal Mariner available but you have to be on board as a passenger & at sea before I can sell you any. I told her I really needed a lot of them so she checked & said she had 2 pallets of pez pal mariner at the other port. Off I went to buy a ticket. I booked a round trip, in a Tax deductible high end room. It was a room with an exterior window, so a view of the whole trip. This room even had a shower & a TV. Until this trip the idea of being on a large boat out in the middle of a big body of water left me a little uneasy. After this trip I realized it was more like being in a small city that happened to be a boat.
|Pez Outlaw dispenser|
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The Following Pez Dispensers are just a few that Pez Money bought.
|A bunch of Pez Pal Nurses|
|A bunch of Snow White Pez Dispensers|
|Approximately 20 Display cases of No Feet Pez Dispensers Mint in Cello. Super Hero, Disney etc.|
|Popeye Removable Pipe|
* Interesting thing about Popeye's pictured left and Mickey Mouse C picture just below left. The pipe for Popeye and Mickey's nose are the same piece.
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|Pez Oulaw Bad Clown T shirt|
|Pez Oulaw T shirt|
|Pez Oulaw Pez Dispenser T shirt|
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In short Life's a Bitch then you Die. The only answer is move on n don't think about it.