Missing Marine Corps Ball dressPosted: Updated:
PEORIA - Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have accepted their invitations. They're not alone.
Iraq War veteran Richard Etue is planning on taking his wife, Alicia, to the Marine Corps Ball, as well.
“It's important to Marine families to go to it,” Alicia said.
The Marine Corps Ball is an annual event honoring the Marine Corps' birthday. Celebrations will be held in different cities around the country this weekend.
Etue's event is in southern California. The Phoenix couple have been to the ball twice before and say they're looking forward to going again.
“You go all out for it,” Alicia said.
This means shopping for a new dress. Alicia hoped to find a blue one to match her husband's uniform.
She went online and found a dress on a website called DailyShop.com.
“I really liked it,” she said. “It was pretty, it was elegant and it was my style.”
Alicia ordered the dress in blue for $117 and paid extra for rushed shipping.
It was supposed to arrive in three days, but nearly a month later, Alicia is still waiting for it to be delivered.
“I have fought with them online about it,” she said. “They say, oh, well your order's still processing and I'm like, how long does it take for an order to process?”
3 On Your Side tried contacting DailyShop.com, which is based in China, but their phone number is out of service.
When they refused to respond to our emails, we posted a message on their Facebook page. We eventually heard back, and were told the dress was shipped.
That was 10 days ago.
“I'm wondering if I'm going to get it in time for the ball,” Alicia said.
Well, guess what?
Late Monday night, Alicia's dress finally arrived. She sent us pictures.
But, unfortunately, it's not what she was expecting. Alicia said the dress is poorly made and she's just not happy with it.
She said she's learned a lesson out of this ordeal when it comes to ordering online.
“I hadn't heard of them and I thought I'd give it a shot, but apparently I was wrong,” she said.
Alicia says she's going to return the dress and is disputing the charge with her credit card company.
In the meantime, she found another dress she likes from a store here in town.