Just off the presses this week – the crooked owner of Classic Fence Company has plead guilty to deliberately bilking his customers and may be going to jail (read story, here).
I didn’t realize when we signed up with Classic Fence in August 2017 that Fred DeNormand had been stiffing his clients since 2016. I had found no negative reports in my on-line research, and he sounded so pleasant the couple of times I spoke with him on the phone. Perfect con man!
I still wonder what made me use the credit card for that down payment. At that time, it was a badge of honor for me to pay cash for everything – but something (or someone up there) whispered in my ear that perhaps on this one occasion, I should use the credit card “in case anything happens.” I got my money back through the credit card company, but I suspect all those Classic Fence customers who wrote checks or paid cash will be waiting a long time for repayment. After all, if the guy didn’t have money to pay his employees or his business taxes (I checked), how is he suddenly going to cough up nearly $140,000 to refund all those down payments? There are judgments on record against him since 2017 – good luck collecting on those!
Meanwhile, Puppy Cody and I are enjoying our nice fenced-in yard, as you all know. A couple of runs the full length of the yard while chasing bunnies, and Cody is ready to nap the rest of the day.
Happy Friday the 13th, Everyone!
May your day be prank-free.
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