Ale the pi piper Informative - Con artist hack - Plumber

Review by methane on 2007-06-02
FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS -- I had this guy over my house to relight my furnace pilot as I was out of town and my wife wouldn't go near it. He ended up telling her that it would be a little more work to get it going. With no heat in the house, kids and 20 degrees outside, it didn't sound like too much of a sacrifice. He ended up ripping out the whole furnace (which was only 3 years old) and replacing half the basement piping. A $60 visit turned into a $3600 con job. What's worse? The job he did he did wrong to the tune of another 3 grand to fix. And as the cherry on top, I've discovered hes got the judges at the framingham court in his pocket.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-06-03
Posted by Skye on 2007-06-02:
Why didn't your wife call you and tell you what he said needed to be done?? She apparently authorized the work. I can't say if he ripped you off or not, but seems to me, you and the wife need better communication.

op's words:
And as the cherry on top, I've discovered hes got the judges at the framingham court in his pocket.

What does this have to do with anything?? Unless you wanted to take him to court??

Where's the proof??
Posted by Skye on 2007-06-02:
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02:
Takes his sorry A$$ to court anyway!
Posted by Starlord on 2007-06-03:
Does MA not have a Registrar of Contractors? In Arizona, there is a Registrar of Contractors, and contractors are technically required to be licensed and bonded. There are always ads in the classifieds that state, "Not a licensed contractor." Under the law, these people are working illegally, but as long as the customer is warned they are not licensed, no one says anything. Of course, if they screw up like this guy did, shame on 'em, the courts will have a ball with them.
Posted by S. on 2007-06-03:
Must have taken place quite some time ago if it was 20 degrees outside. I agree with Skye. Couldn't your wife have contacted you for advice?

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