LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A WINK News call for action. A Cape Coral family paid more than one hundred dollars for family photos. But before they got the prints, the studio closed up.
Crysta Winton was excited to see the professional photos of her daughter. It was the first time the family had come to Picture Me Portraits at Walmart off Del Prado. She spent almost $130.
"We bought a lot of pictures," Winton said.
But a day later, much to her shock, she says the studio suddenly closed down. That was the beginning of April. "My pictures are gone. My $126 is gone," Winton said.
It turns out it wasn't the only studio to close. After more than 60 years, CPI Corporation, the operator for studios at Walmart and Sears closed after announcing it wasn't able to pay its creditors. That left the studio in this Cape Coral Walmart dark, and Winton without her money, and her precious photos.
"To close the next day and not warn anybody? And not have our pictures? It's a fraud. I'm calling it a fraud," she said.
Walmart employees told her to call the number provided. No one answered the phone. Her e-mails to the company also went unanswered. And after getting different answers from managers at the Walmart, she called WINK News.
We went inside. They still couldn't find her photos. So, Walmart employees told her they'd give her the money back. "I thank you that you helped me out, WINK News because I didn't know what to do," Winton said.
Walmart also says if Winton's photos come in, they will give them to her free of charge. We did see some photos still inside that studio. So, if you had photos taken, go pick them up, or get your money back.