"It (did) not take Columbo to read GarCon's reviews and smell a big pile of fish"
"I also took great offence at the Toronto Star and CityTV highlighting that Mr. Gardin is Jewish."
By Steve Payne
Lots of renovation firms go out of business every week. But few of them go under with public protests from homeowners AND employees AND subtrades, with multiple TV stations and other media covering the whole thing.
Adam Gardin of GarCon Building Group, Toronto, met such a fate last week as his firm stopped working for 20 homeowner clients and owed a pile of money to his crews and employees (a reported $1.8-million in debts showed up on a credit report, including taxes owed).
HomeStars had awarded GarCon a “Best Of” award in both 2010 and 2011. So after the flame out of the company, and allegations of fraud (fervently denied by Gardin), HomeStars took a major hit to its reputation.
Gordon Thomas Bailey, Academia Roofing, posted this defence of HomeStars – and also took exception to comments about Gardin’s religion.
I resent that (these) homeowners are blaming HomeStars for posting fake reviews and that no one should use their site. This is like saying do not trust Muslims due the bad ones we have been reading about and watching on television and the recent murders here in Ottawa and Quebec committed by the jihadists. This Mr. Hajee went out of his way to point the finger squarely at HomeStars because they probably do have some fake reviews submitted by dishonest contractors. I also took great offence at the Toronto Star and City TV highlighting the fact that Mr. Gardin is Jewish. Meanwhile, these politically correct media sources go out of their way to hammer anyone they can catch in a New York minute for such offences.
It does not take Columbo to read GarCon’s first three pages of reviews and responses to smell a big pile of fish, the dates of submission being so close when submitted for such large-scale projects. The front porch “zero” score on the first page, with GarCon admitting it was out of their depth, (then) so many reviews posted about all these high-priced structural projects. Then the low-scored reviews got buried quickly with a multitude of 10’s. Most obvious of all was the horrible grammar, spelling mistakes and repetitive forms of the submissions and the responses – they were very telling to the suspicious researcher.
If you look at the costs, where posted, it (was) obvious that consumers that (could) afford a $550,000 project (would) more than likely write properly and for that kind of money a two sentence response should have raised red flags.