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Man Says Contractor Did Shoddy Work, Overcharged

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Receipt given to Harold McKay Receipt given to Harold McKay

by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Harold McKay just wanted a good job done, for a fair price. He thought that was what he was going to get when a man approached him and asked to seal his driveway.

The contractor came to McKay's East Nashville home on Wednesday and proposed to work on his asphalt driveway.

"He said he would do a good job for $400. Seal it with two coats of sealer, put asphalt down where it's broke off at," McKay said.

It did not take long for the contractor to finish the job.

"I bet it didn't take them 30, 40 minutes to finish this job. Just zip, zip, zip and they were gone," McKay explained.

The man finished the job, but McKay did not get a good look at his job until the next day.

"Well it rained, and it was wet, and it hadn't dried yet. And when I got up this morning and walked out, and walked down the driveway, I looked down said, my God that's one of the worst jobs I've seen in my life," McKay explained.

McKay said not only did the workmanship not meet his standards, it cost him more than double the original estimate.

"Paid in full, $840 for sealing, coating driveway," McKay read from a hand-written receipt.

"It's a bad job, it's a bad job. I sure wouldn't recommend them to my neighbor," the elderly man said in disbelief.

Soon after he discovered the extent of the shoddy work, McKay rushed to his bank to explain his problem.

"And I asked her if I could stop payment on a check and she looked on the computer and said, well it hasn't been cashed yet. I said I would like to stop the payment of $840," according to McKay.

Kathleen Calligan from the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee said she hears of situations like this every summer.

"They're con-artists," Calligan said.

The head of the BBB in Nashville said it is very important to do some checking on anyone you plan on hiring to do work on your home.

"If they're a legitimate contractor, they're going to encourage you to do that. These fly-by-night guys, they don't want you to do that," Calligan explained.

McKay said he has learned a lesson from this experience.

"I told the old lady, I said, anybody comes up that door selling anything, you tell them to hit the road. I don't want to talk to no salesman," McKay said.

Friday, the contractor in question returned to the McKay's East Nashville home. McKay and his wife were not at home, but their granddaughter answered the door. She said the man was looking to collect his money and said he would be back.

The McKay's called Metro Nashville Police to file a report documenting the problems they were having with the contractor.


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