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A lawn installer walks away with their deposit ... without doing the job

A lawn installer walks away with their deposit … without doing the job

Citizens have taken to social media to condemn a contractor who disappeared after depositing up to $4,000…

“When he canceled the grass installation for the fourth time, I thought I was doing it myself items” says Vanessa Attick.

The latter gave a deposit of $1,750 to Eric Paul, the owner of the company Jobs should be guaranteed.

PLBC Group Company Website.

Screenshot / group-plbc.c

PLBC Group Company Website.

Ms Attick first contacted the entrepreneur on Facebook Marketplace last May. He wanted to put artificial turf in the children’s playground at his campsite in Promont, which he owns.

“I told him we have to do this rush Before the camping season. Every week there was a new excuse. First the rain. Then, there was a problem with the truck. Finally, I told him to release it and return my deposit,” says the mother of the family.

PLBC Group Company Website.

Screenshot / groupe-plbc.ca

PLBC Group Company Website.

threats

History was far away. La Promontois notes that Eric Paul gave several reasons for not returning his deposit of $1,700.

“After that, I gave him a formal notice,” Blake Vanessa Attick.

So he invited another contractor to do the work in his camp. Coincidentally, he knew the owner of Group PLBC.

“Eric Paul was his subcontractor. He went to see him and told him: if you don’t pay back the girl’s deposit, you won’t do the contract with me anymore. The next day, I finally got my money,” says Mrs. Attick, who is still shocked by the adventure.

Many victims

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His case is not unique. The Register I spoke to three other people who say they were cheated on by Eric Paul and accused him of letting them down on a weekly basis. He deposited up to $4,000 and allegedly disappeared without doing the job.

A text message exchange between Eric Paul and his clients.  The contractor here states that he is unavailable to install the client's lawn due to an accident.

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A text message exchange between Eric Paul and his clients. The contractor here states that he is unavailable to install the client’s lawn due to an accident.

Laval resident Vincent Coliza says he’s still waiting for a refund of $800 for the artificial turf that hasn’t been installed in his home since last month.

“He pushed back the date five times with a lot of excuses. I’m frustrated because the company is registered and everything. […] I wanted to file a complaint with the Laval police, but they told me there was nothing they could do,” said Mr. Colissa says.

The Laval resident sent formal notice to the contractor, who ignored his messages. She now plans to sue him in small claims.

Quebec resident Karine Couture wants a $2,700 deposit back for work never done on her backyard. “So I haven’t slept in days. […] I am asking him to honor his contract or give me my money back,” Ms Couture waives.

The businessman fights back

Contacted on the matter, Eric Paul admits that his new company, which was formed in April 2022, has “management issues” and says he is not a fraudster. However, he denies that he was under any pressure to repay Vanessa Attic’s deposit.

“I understand the frustration [des clients] And all that. Honestly, I look at the business and we don’t have the money. I don’t even know what solution to find to pay them back,” pleads the owner of Group PLBC, who is now considering declaring bankruptcy.

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