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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-04-2007, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Contractor screwed me for $6000. Pass this on...

Long story short, I had a good friend that was a contractor and he was supposed to do some work for me. He took $6000., did about $500. in work and never showed up to complete the job. Then he laughed when I asked him to give me the rest back. The whole story and his smiling face is now listed at -

http://www.bewarehomeandgarden.com/

I'd appreciate it if you can pass this to other boards that your on. Just take the info and run! I really want to spread the word here! Alot of the New England sites are going to be getting this info along with some of the local media. It's time for him to pay the piper... one way or another!

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Sorry to hear about all of that, this guy sounds like a real peice of work. I've used good contractors and bad, but nothing like this guy.

Good luck and let us know what happens,

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You made no mention of a signed contract. I am assuming you have one. If ya don't, get yourself a big jar of spincheter grease, cause it will help the whole bad experience penetrate you easier. The judge will want to see the contract.
Take him to Judge Judy.

Why not send him a bill for 10,000 dollars for your time, etc for getting his truck? Use this as leverage to get your money back as well.

This is a perfect example of whey you don't go in business with a buddy, lend a buddy money, or take a hired buddy's word at face value. Many people are married to the dollar sign first, relationships second.

Good Luck. Nice touch on the website, becareful he don't sue you for defemation.

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Yup... no signed contract. The attorney that I talked to said the canceled check would be enough. I really wanted to have him arrested but no luck there yet. The police said that it would have gone after him if he didn't do any work at all. Seeing that he showed up, that made it look like he tried and didn't complete the job.
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This is a perfect example of whey you don't go in business with a buddy, lend a buddy money, or take a hired buddy's word at face value. Many people are married to the dollar sign first, relationships second.


Bingo, GTO judge. If they are such "good" friends, then they shouldn't mind signing a contract. If they refuse, don't do business with them. It's sad but the same often holds true for family members. Last year my wife's uncle asked to borrow some money from us. It wasn't enough to break the bank, but it was a large enough sum (several thousand dollars) where I told him he would have to sign a written agreement specifying the amount borrowed, the total amount to be paid back, and the date for it to be paid back in full. He refused. So did I. My wife gave me hell about it, until we found out later that he had stiffed some of his other siblings and his ex-wife's family on these 'personal loans'. Unfortunately, when it comes to money, friends and family will f**k you over faster than any stranger.
Good luck, tbyrne, I hope you get your money back.
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Yup... no signed contract. The attorney that I talked to said the canceled check would be enough. I really wanted to have him arrested but no luck there yet. The police said that it would have gone after him if he didn't do any work at all. Seeing that he showed up, that made it look like he tried and didn't complete the job.
Man I hope your lawyer's sure for your sake. If there is no signed contract for a judge to view, for all a judge knows it was money given to him for whatever. I am not a lawyer but this money could be for anything. He could say the money was a gift. This is a really sticky situation. I mean he could say he did for you what he was already compensated for. If he counters you for defamation on account of the site you made, and you lose, man you could end up owing him a ton $ more. Your lawyer know about that site? If not, I'd run it by him.

I hope you prevail.

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I'm sorry that you've had such a bad experience and hope you're able to recover your money. This is 'closing the barn door after the cow is out' advice, of course, but useful to any who would give "up-front" money to a contractor. I've been in the building-general contracting business for more than thirty years and my policy is to never accept money until the project is completed to the customer's satisfaction. Remember this about dealing with contractors of any sort: if they can't afford to do the work with their own money, they aren't financially capable of undertaking your job and that translates to financial problems which they'll try to solve with your money. NEVER give a contractor a dime until the job is completed. For any reason.
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Thank you very much for the replies and comments!

Thanks for the advice!

Looks like I just scored another e-mail address for him -

[email protected]

I replied to one of the ads that he has posted on Craigslist -

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-...d710%2d3850%22

Of course, that was done under a different e-mail account. I told him that I had some rooms that needed to be painted and asked if he was interested. He replied yes and asked if I have a contact number. I'm so tempted to reply with something like "Hey, I just found a website that lists your company and says that you screwed the guy". I won't give him the website address then so that will get him all flustered!

Anyone else want to e-mail him through Craigslist?

The collections agency will be sending him a letter and starting their calls next week.
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Never mix business with friendship. You want a contracter who always has too much work. If he has no credit to buy materials, then run away.
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