Remember Lil Tay?
A few years ago, the then nine-year-old girl rapped her way to controversy on social media.
Said to be Claire Eileen Qi Hope in real life, Lil Tay was flashing wads of money, making racial slurs, and bragging that her washroom costs more than someone else’s rent.
One of her videos had a Mercedes convertible that belonged to her mom’s boss.
That was David Yang, a managing partner of Pacific Evergreen Realty, a Vancouver-based real estate brokerage.
According to a report by Global News in May 2018, Yang wasn’t too thrilled about his ride being used in the girl’s video.
Another video featured the girl in a property that was listed for sale by Pacific Evergreen Realty, and the owner was said to have complained after recognizing the place.
Based on reports at the time, it wasn’t established definitively if Lil Tay’s mom, Angela Tian, was either fired by or resigned from Pacific Evergreen Realty.
What was clear is that Tian left the brokerage.
Also reporting about Lil Tay in May 2018, CTV News quoted the Real Estate Council of B.C. saying that Tian’s license as a realtor is “being returned”.
“That means she will no longer be able to sell real estate in the region,” according to CTV.
Lil Tay has since disappeared from the radar.
As for Tian and Pacific Evergreen Realty, they’re back, sort of, in a ruling rendered by a B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal.
It turns out that Pacific Evergreen Realty billed Tian, whom the tribunal also identified as Qi Tian, for open house lawn signs and name cards because she didn’t stay with the brokerage for a year.
Tian wanted her money back.
According to Tian, she should be reimbursed $1,000.56 because she never agreed to be charged for lawn signs and name cards.
The brokerage, through its managing director identified only as LML, claimed that there was an agreement between Tian and the company’s managing partner identified as DY about the materials.
LML also filed evidence indicating that DY lost ‘as much as $8,500’ in time and business opportunities “by having to deal with Ms. Tian’s alleged conduct”.
However, tribunal vice chair Shelley Lopez noted in her reasons for decision issued Tuesday (May 19) that these are not connected with Tian’s claim for reimbursement.
“For clarity, for the purpose of this dispute, I find I do not need to address the reason why Ms. Tian left the respondent brokerage,” Lopez wrote.
Turning to evidence presented by the parties, Lopez found those by Pacific Evergreen Realty to be less credible.
“I find the weight of the evidence does not support the respondents’ position that there was any verbal agreement Ms. Tian would have to pay for lawn signs or name cards if she left before a year,” Lopez stated.
Lopez ordered the brokerage to pay Tian a total of $1,161.09.
In addition to the $1,000.56 in charges for lawn signs and name cards, the amount also includes $35.53 in interest, and $125 in tribunal fees.