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TERMS OF USE

This is an agreement between you (the website "user") and Meals with Mentors regarding your use of this website. By using Meals with Mentors, you agree to be bound by all the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, please exit our site at this time.

Meals with Mentors reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. Such modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. Users understand it is their responsibility to keep up to date on these terms, and if they continue to use the services after modifications, it constitutes their acceptance of the modifications. If they disagree with any of them, they can cancel at any time. If users don't obide by the most recent terms, Meals with Mentors has the right to terminate their membership.

 

Definitions

In this Agreement, a "user" is anyone using the website.

The "mentor" or "mentors" means any person or entity that is an authority in a discipline that requires specialized knowledge and experience. He/she is the person giving advice or knowledge.

The "mentee" or "mentees" means any person seeking advice or help with a certain task(s).

An individual user can be both a "mentor" in certain area(s) of expertise and a "mentee" in other area(s).

The term “Content" means all information, text, images, data, links, or other material posted on the website, whether created by Meals for Mentors or provided by another person for display on the website. The Content may contain typographical errors, other inadvertent errors or inaccuracies.

 

Nature of Service

Meals with Mentors is an online directory (website) for mentees seeking one on one advice by mentors at a public location such as a restaurant or cafe.

Meals with Mentors is not personally affiliated with any of the mentors listed on this website nor are we personally familiar with each one of their services. In addition, we have not fully investigated the mentees who have subscribed to our service. While Meals with Mentors monitors the reviews of the various individuals listed on this site, the listing or subscription of such individuals does not constitute an endorsement by Meals with Mentors, of their competence, skill, honesty or character. It is up to the users of this website to read each other's profile carefully before agreeing to meet for a meal. They agree to meet in person at their own risk.

The mentee takes the advice of any mentor listed on this website at his/her own risk, and Meals with Mentors will not be liable for any injury or loss suffered by the mentee due to the negligence or deliberate misconduct, illegal or otherwise (including criminal conduct) of individuals listed on this website.

The advice given by a mentor should not be construed as the substitute for professional examination or treatment, and one should see an appropriate specialist or qualified professional for any mental or physical ailment. There shall be no liability to Meals with Mentors or the mentor him/herself for any advice recieved by mentees.  

All users may receive newsletters, updates, emails, information and notices, etc. with information that we deem to be of interest. Users may always opt out of this service from within their account.

The mentee understands that our list of local mentors constantly changes, and there may not be a suitable mentor in his/her area during the time of membership.

The mentee understands that because the mentor is the one providing the information, it is indeed permissable for them to solicit the mentee for products or services (as long as they spent the majority of the meal time providing the advice and mentorship). The mentee is under no obligation to purchase these products or services.

Meals with Mentors reserves the right to refuse service, de-activate or not initiate membership to either a mentee or mentor based on the content in their profile, regardless of whether or not they ever had a meal with a fellow user.

 

User's Screening Process

There are some things the users can do to have a successful meal.

- Read over the profiles very carefully to make sure the mentor or mentee is a good match.

- Make sure that the correspondence is specific as to the goals in the meeting - including a start and end time.

- Notify a friend or family member of the appointment with the mentor/mentee giving them the other member's name, phone number, address, etc. - Note that Meals with Mentors will also have a record of it.

While following these suggestions will not guarantee that users will receive the competent and professional service they expect and deserve, these suggestions, combined with common sense may help them in getting the most out of their Meals with Mentors experience.

 

Meals - Cancellation and Rescheduling

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.If this notice is not given on a repeated basis, then Meals with Mentors may opt to terminate the membership.

If a mentee cancels an appointment and would like to reschedule, rescheduling is up to the mentor's discretion.

If a mentor cancels an appointment, he/she should reschedule with the mentee as soon as possible. If a mentor cancels meals repeatedly, then their membership will most likely be terminated.

 

Meals - Lateness and No Shows

Both mentors and mentees have a 15 minute grace period to arrive at the destination. It is understand that expected meal duration time is at least 45 minutes and at most 2 hours. The time should be agreed to before the meeting.

If a mentor is late by any duration, he/she agrees to make up at that time at the end of the meal.
If a mentee is late by any duration, he/she loses that time, and the meal will end at the previously agreed end time.

If either the mentor or mentee does not arrive within 15 minutes of the designated meal time, then it's considered a NO SHOW, and the mentor/mentee has the option of leaving. More than one no show usually means that the membership will be terminated.

Meals for Mentors cannot be held responsible if a mentor or mentee does not show up at the agreed time of the meal.

 

Prohibited Conduct

By using this service, the following is prohibited and will most likely result in termination of membership and the profile being removed from the website.

1. Users may not post any bad language, offensive remarks, or inappropriate content - either on their own profile or on other profiles.

2. Users may not post content which infringes another's copyright, trademark or trade secret.

3. Users may not harass, threaten or intentionally embarrass or cause distress to another person or entity through their posted content.

4. Users may not impersonate another person through their posted content.

5. Users may not provide false or misleading information on their profile. All users agree to provide true and accurate information - including name, contact information, photos, email,etc.

6. Users may not go OFF TOPIC at the meal - the purpose is primarily for the mentor to give knowledge and advice to the mentee.

7. Users may not make rude or suggestive comments, make advances, drink excessively, or act inappropriately at the meal. In addition, users may not harass, threaten, intentionally embarrass or cause distress to another person (either during the meal) or at any time afterward.

8. The mentee cannot try to sell the mentor a product or service. The mentee agrees to only contact the mentor for obtaining advice and knowledge.

9. All mentors must be 18 years and over. If a mentee is under the age of 18, then that mentee must be accompanied by an adult 25 years or older.

10. Other than the free meal, mentors may not charge any fees at all for the first meal.

11. Users should make best efforts not to cancel a meal. (We usually allow for 1 cancellation per every 10 meals.)

12. Users must show up for agreed to meals. (We usually allow for just 1 no show.)

13. User cannot show up late repeatedly to meals. (Showing up more than 15 minutes late more than once every 10 meals will usually result in termination of membership.)

14. If either the mentor or the mentee does not want to continue to be contacted after the meal, the other party must obide by their wishes.

 

Handling of Mentor and Mentee Disputes

Any disputes between mentor and mentee (either through posted content, the meals or anytime after the meal) are between the two parties and not Meals with Mentors. Meals with Mentors cannot be held liable for any inappropriate actions related to posted content, behavior during the meal or behavior after the meal (however we should be notified immediately so we can investigate further and possibly terminate the other party's membership.)

It is understood by both parties that any actions listed in the "Prohibited Conduct" section above would result in the early termination of the meal and no further contact, in addition to the membership being terminated.

Either the mentee or mentor also has the option of ending the meal early if no prohibited conduct was present, but he/she feels the objectives are not being achieved. (Note that in all cases of the meal ending early, the mentee must always still pay for the meal.)

As long as our review feature is active, either party is also free to post a negative review of the other on that party's profile if he or she is unhappy with the service provided. The other party can also post a rebuttle to that review.

Meals with Mentors reserves the right to not publish reviews, remove reviews as needed, or delete profiles and accounts based on reviews.

 

Website Content

Users have a personal, non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access and use the content of this website subject to these Terms of Service. We reserve the right to make changes to document names and content, descriptions or specifications of products or services, or other information without obligation to issue any notice of such changes. 

Users may view and print content that is available on this website, subject to the following conditions:

a. The content may be used solely for internal informational purposes. No part of this website or its content may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording for any other purpose.
b. The content may not be modified.
c. Copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices may not be removed. 

We may alter, suspend, or discontinue this website in whole or in part, at any time and for any reason, without notice. The website may also periodically become unavailable due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment or for other reasons.

All information submitted to Meals with Mentors via this website shall be deemed and remain the property of Meals with Mentors, and we shall be free to use, for any purpose, any idea, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in information a visitor to this website provides to us through this website. Meals with Mentors shall not be subject to any obligations of confidentiality regarding submitted information except as otherwise specifically agreed or required by law.

Any feedback or reviews or profile information (including photos) of mentors and mentees that are submitted to Meals with Mentors via web forms, email or a profile may be used in publicity material such as online promotions, brochures, newsletters, or other publications. Members can choose to opt out of this publicity clause by emailing members@mealswithmentors.com

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PHOTOS: Meals with Mentors encourages users to upload their own photos to their profiles, however if no photo is uploaded, the Meals with Mentors staff may upload a photo on behalf of the user. The staff will first search other social networking sites for public photos.  If no public photo is found, then the staff may use a stock photo of a generic image.

 

Intellectual Property Rights

Unless otherwise noted, all content contained on this website is the property of Meals with Mentors and/or its affiliates or licensors, and is protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by United States copyright law, trademark law, international conventions and other intellectual property laws. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Any content submitted by users will be made publicly accessible through our website. By submitting such Content, the user hereby grants us a world-wide, royalty-free, fully paid-up, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sublicensable, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, create derivative works from, and publicly perform or display such Content.

Links to Third-Party Websites

This website may contain links to non-Meals with Mentors websites that are provided as a convenience. Any outside website accessed from our website is independent from Meals with Mentors, and we have no control over the content of such websites. We are not responsible for the content of any linked website or for any loss or damage incurred in connection with use of such links or dealings with the operators of such non-Meals with Mentors websites.

In no event shall any reference to any third party or third-party product or service be construed as an approval or endorsement by Meals with Mentors of that third party or of any product, service or content provided by a third party.

 

Security

When users register to participate in certain services offered on this website, they may be required to establish a login identifier, password, and even credit card information. They are responsible for protecting their login and password from unauthorized use, and they are responsible for all activity that occurs on their account. Users agree to notify us immediately if they believe that their login or password has been or may be used without their permission so that appropriate action can be taken. We are not responsible for losses or damage caused by their failure to safeguard their login and password.

 

Jurisdiction

We make no representation that information on this website is appropriate or available for use outside the United States. Those who choose to access this website from outside the United States do so on their own initiative and at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws.

These Terms of Service shall be governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of California, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of conflicts of law.
All disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service shall be finally resolved by arbitration conducted in the English language in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. under the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall appoint as sole arbitrator a retired judge who presided in California. The parties shall bear equally the cost of the arbitration (except that the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection with the arbitration in such an amount as may be determined by the arbitrator). All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on both parties and enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief, security, or other equitable remedies from the United States District Court for the District of Califorina or any other court of competent jurisdiction. Under no circumstances shall the arbitrator be authorized to award punitive damages, including but not limited to federal or state statutes permitting multiple or punitive damage awards. Any purported award of punitive or multiple damages shall be beyond the arbitrator’s authority, void, and unenforceable.

 

Final Agreement

By using this site, I understand the risks described above.

I understand that any arrangement that's made between any person listed on Meals with Mentors is a private arrangement between the two parties, and that Meals with Mentors cannot and will not be liable for any body (or property) injury or loss occasioned by the negligent or intentional conduct of any individual listed on this site.

I understand that Meals with Mentors does NOT warrant that i) the information available on this website is free of errors, ii) the functions or services provided by this website will be uninterrupted, secure, or free of errors, iii) defects will be corrected, or iv) this website is free of viruses or other harmful components.

I agree that Meals with Mentors, in its sole discretion, has the right (but not the obligation) to delete or deactivate my account or otherwise terminate my access to or use of the Service (or any part thereof), immediately and without notice, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, if Meals with Mentors believes that I have acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms of Use. Further, I agree that Meals with Mentors shall not be liable to me or any third-party for any termination of my access to the Service.

Meals with Mentors reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. Such modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. I understand it is my responsibility to keep up to date on them, and my continued use of the Services after modifications constitutes my acceptance of the modifications. If I disagree with any new terms, I can cancel at any time, and if I don't obide by them, Meals with Mentors has the right to suspend my membership.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL MEALS WITH MENTORS BE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM ANY ASPECT OF YOUR USE OF THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE, OR THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF OTHER SERVICES OR PRODUCTS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE, AS WELL AS BY REASON OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE MEALS WITH MENTORS SITE. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

I agree to indemnify and hold Meals with Mentors, its officers, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, service providers, suppliers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of content I submit, post or make available through the service, my use of the service, my violation of the Terms of Use, my breach of any of the representations and warranties herein, or my violation of any rights of another.

I agree to ALL of these terms and conditions, and I understand that they apply to all services performed by Meals with Mentors.

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