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Tradespeople, suppliers 'stiffed' in pet store expansion
CBC News ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Kathy Tomlinson

Posted on 02/24/2014 6:30:20 AM PST by rickmichaels

A tradesman says he's furious that he hasn't been paid for thousands of dollars worth of work and materials by a contractor after renovating several Pet Valu stores in B.C.

“It’s financially ruined our family,” said Scott Payne, a drywaller from Port Alberni, B.C. “These stores are all up and running … and here we are, totally strapped.”

Payne and several others were working for Tim Keith, who was hired on contract by Pet Valu in 2012 to oversee major projects at 10 stores.

Payne and others claim Keith failed to pay them thousands of dollars for work and materials at two stores, in Richmond and Victoria, at the end of the project.

“He made his money ... and we are further behind now than when we started. So it’s completely pointless to even start working for this contractor,” said Payne, who said he is still owed more than $20,000.

Keith previously owned his own contracting company, which went bankrupt in 2012. The company had racked up a pile of judgments, liens and debts, which, according to court records, reached a half a million dollars.

“I’ve spoke to quite a few people who he owes money to and who he has done the same thing to, as me,” said Payne. “He knows the system. He’s got it figured out.”

Another supplier, Suphie Tekbulut of Four Seasons Flooring in Richmond, told Go Public, “I got stiffed from him – big time.

“He ordered flooring for two stores. I sent the invoice and he never responds. I phone him and I phone him and he never responds.”

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: pets

1 posted on 02/24/2014 6:30:20 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Happens all the time. People screw contractors and vis versa.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 6:32:39 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: rickmichaels

I sat on a jury once and the case was a home builder screwing contractors.

We decreed that the little turd would have to pay every expense for every contractor he swindled and all court costs. It ended up costing the jerk a hell of a lot more than if he’d just been honorable and paid up.

He was actually shocked as he thought we would all agree with him “putting it to the man”. He didn’t realize that nobody likes scum.


3 posted on 02/24/2014 6:45:24 AM PST by Eaker (Sweat dries, blood clots and bones heal so suck it up buttercup.)
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To: rickmichaels

A contractor stiffs his subcontractors?? What a shock. And in other news, the Pope is Catholic and the bear s__ts in the woods.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 6:51:39 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rickmichaels
Pet Valu hired Keith right after his company went bankrupt, apparently without knowing his background. It also didn’t require him to be bonded as a contractor, which could have protected tradespeople if they didn’t get paid.

I wonder who took some cash under the table to let this "minor" detail slip bu.

Also, how does a chain with 400+ stores not do a background check

5 posted on 02/24/2014 6:59:54 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Correction: through


6 posted on 02/24/2014 7:00:46 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: rickmichaels

This is strange. Subcontractors usually get a 50% deposit BEFORE they order materials and start work. My company certainly does and we do work in Canada. That way, if you get stiffed, you’re not out everything.

Also, our contracts state we can apply a mechanic’s lien if we don’t get paid and the client signs that contract. If we don’t get our balance due, we file immediately.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 7:32:12 AM PST by apoxonu
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