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I’m not paying you cash, he tells the contractor, firmly. So the contractor collects the cash from his wife while he’s out…

Left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing?

I am dealing with a contractor who is conning us. In the very beginning he offered us a huge tax break if we paid cash. I said, “No!” Certified cheque or nothing. Later, when I wasn’t home, he and his father came here and talked her (Editor’s Note: Wife, we assume?) into paying cash. I walked in the door just after she’d paid him and he was gone before I knew what had happened.

So, he’s got 3 grand. First day, he showed 2 hours, wasted some time and left. Yesterday, he was only an hour and then took a 4 hour lunch, then left early.

Today, he worked – though he was an hour late. When he’s about to leave he said, “I’ve underpriced the foam and the flooring.” Says he needs $1,500 more in cash.

I can’t afford to eat the cash but I will to get rid of this man and his crew.



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1 Comment » for I’m not paying you cash, he tells the contractor, firmly. So the contractor collects the cash from his wife while he’s out…
  1. Darryl Labay says:

    There is so much wrong with this scenario, it never ceases to amaze me on what goes on out there, like this clear as mud verbal contract from the sound of it. Yes this industry is full of so called contractors who will take advantage of clients ignorance and trust. But, at the same time, this client was already red flagged when he was asked to pay cash and refused, so he never should have hired him. Very simple, cash or cheque up front with a determined amount for deposit with progress payments on remainder & detailed estimate stating exactly what work is to be done, any extra charges will be discussed with customer before commencement of that work. Simple, all in writing. The only thing right here, is that he has admits he has learned his lesson and is willing to eat his mistake, yes, get rid of him, the bleeding will never end.
    This year has been never ending bailing clients out from previous contractors who have done everything wrong and all had to be ripped out and started over. What they have in common, nothing in writing, or completely vague description, and taking all of the money up front before completion.

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