Sadly, I don't expect anybody connected with this to get paid or reimbursed. Finley took his computer and a performing table out of the shop, and some inventory items are also missing -- doesn't sound like he plans to come back. He did return a laptop that he had borrowed from a local magician's wife.
Chris has only communicated with J through voice mails and notes at the shop, and nobody has the time to stake out the place 24/7 to catch up with him. There's no guarantee he would even stop if he saw cars in the parking lot. I think he's gone; don't know if anyone has made a trip to his house yet, though.
J has been advised by a couple of Atlanta magi to pay himself for the hours he has put in and to lock up the shop. Mail the key to C from the shop and call it a day. I think it's admirable but perhaps a bit foolhardy for him to continue to work to try to clean it up. There is nothing he can do to fix the situation and by continuing to operate, he is becoming the face of the disaster. I would hate for him to somehow assume some kind of liability or responsibility here by an inadvertent action, no matter how well-intended. But to my knowledge, he's still going to the shop each day and trying to work through some of the mess. I can only assume he's trying to make sure every registrant is notified; he simply doesn't have the resources to reimburse anyone, though. I think he may have let some local folks take reimbursement in merchandise, but that's not a solution that can be applied across the board.
Some in Atlanta are suggesting that we try to prop up the shop by supporting J and buying some product. I think that is spitting in the ocean. That shop is a goner and the sooner we leave it all in CF's hands, the better. Chris had plenty of resources to go to in Atlanta regarding planning conventions -- but he chose to do it himself and ignore cautionary warnings from those who have produced conventions before. Even at the end, he could have gone to many people for advice on how to deal with the mess honorably, but instead chose to cut and run.
I can't help but think there will be legal action of some kind, particularly from the hotel (apparently owed $100K+) -- but they have to find him first. I would love to know whether any $ is left in the account; with the credit card declined, though, I'd sure doubt it.
When was the last magic mess like this?