Dozens of children were heartbroken after a Liberty City church’s annual waterpark trip was cut to just three hours after a bus driver left them stranded.
Every year, Omega Power and Praise Ministry takes a group of kids to Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark in Orlando, for a day of splashing fun during the hot summer months.
This year, 47 kids were able to go on the trip. On Saturday, the kids were up way before the sun, sitting on the concrete and leaning on their backpacks as they waited for the bus to come pick them up at 3:30 a.m.
Minister Hariette Wilson-Greene said the bus didn’t come until much, much later.
“The bus had not come,” she told CBSMiami. “Four o’clock comes. Still no bus.”
The church had to hire another bus company, but the delay turned the day trip into just three hours.
The original company, Big Phill Entertainment, was paid $1,400 cash up front for the trip, a sum that they still haven’t gotten back from Phillip Glenn.
On his Facebook account, Glenn lists himself as a bus driver for Miami-Dade schools and a promoter for Big Phill Entertainment that organizes trips and parties, CBSMiami reported. State Records show no licenses for this company.
“The contractor I hired did not show up. The church will have their money back no later than Monday,” he told media.
Glenn also said he did not know the last name of the person contracted to pick up the kids, nor his company. He only said that the man responsible was named “Alex.”
Wilson-Greene said until then, the church can only have faith that it will get its money back.
“I think it was very unprofessional how he did these kids and us, and took our money,” church member Dorothea Rolle told CBSMiami.