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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Default Sue the Contractor or get Revenge?

I hired a loser contractor off Craigs List, who "took the money (and materials) and ran." I am soooooo pissed off! Some of my friends say take the guy to small claims court (heard you rarely get paid) and a small percentage say they know somebody who can get back at the sucker in different ways for a small fee. I am sooooooo mad and myself and this ass! Mad at myself for trusting this man and of course, mad at him for ripping me off. Any ideas or opinions on how I can get back at this dishonest contractor?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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This is America....we sue here. Take him to small claims court and stay out of trouble. Trying to "get back at the sucker in different ways for a small fee" doesn't sound legal or wise. Suck up your losses and move on.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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I'd like to find a way to warn people not to hire him on Craigs List. Do you know of any way to do that?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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I would say that if he made off with materials which you bought then that would constitute theft in which case the police should be involved.

What were the terms of the contract?

Last edited by goodmanm; 07-24-2009 at 01:15 PM.. Reason: spelling
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Unread 07-24-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity... what did you have (or try to have) done?

Does this guy work jobs on the side and is employed at a company during the week? If so, maybe you can go through his employer and TRY TO make life miserable for him until he refunds you either the money or materials. I seriously doubt you'll be able to do anthing to him on CL ... he can just create another account and will be right back at it.

You definitely don't want to do anything illegal as he knows where you live... unless you know where he lives... just kidding... ... ... ... ... do you know where he lives?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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Revenge never ends well. You should know this.


As for warning other people, you should be able to flag his post on craigslist and bring it to the attention of the administrators.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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Was he licensed? If so, contact the Texas Attorney General and the BBB. If not...you are probably out of luck. Lesson learned...don't pay before the work is completed!

Revenge is a big no no. That is exactly a very large part of the problem in places like Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Documenting the fact that you may seek revenge is also not a good idea. If you wanted to go that route, it's best to keep it to yourself and handle it yourself. Anyone who offers to "take care of it" for you is going to sing like a bird after they get caught..
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Unread 07-24-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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If you have evidence sue him if not don't bother, regardless theft is theft and you should make a police report.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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I hate birds who sing.....The loser contractor is an independent contractor. The terms of the contract, simply listed a number of jobs in the interior of my home (tile work, hard wood floor, painting and sheetrock); how much each job would cost me and that I would supply the materials. Could I be sued if I mentioned his name and company on this site?
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