Minnesota tree trimmer left a mess behind

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  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Kris Meacham is still waiting for someone to haul away the piles of branches from his front yard in Lakeville. Four months ago, he paid $500 to Northern Lights Tree and Landscape to do some pruning, but the company never finished the job.

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supervon2Apr. 13, 13 6:43 PM

Ok. You saved a couple of hundred by hiring a low cost trimmer. Now you get to make up the difference by paying someone to haul it away. Next time check to see if LBI (licensed, bonded, insured) applies to your contractor. This is how you learn in the game of life.

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eman2001Apr. 13, 13 7:37 PM

Guy tried to get away cheap, now he's paying the real price.

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aardvark878Apr. 13, 13 8:03 PM

99% of the time, the person coming to your door is there to rip you off. I never do business with people going door-to-door. In fact, I stopped even answering the door years ago.

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FrankLApr. 13, 1310:57 PM

Even when you do the right thing it doesn't always work. When we were trying to find a concrete contractor a few years, easily half had forged or insurance policies that were no longer active.

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sek2undrstndApr. 13, 1311:15 PM

Isn't this how the free market is supposed to work with less government regulation?

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texas_technomanApr. 14, 13 6:25 AM

And don't pay them until the job is done.....duh!

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MicheApr. 14, 13 8:15 AM

Angie's list is another great resource to research vendor's. Customer's recommend the vendor's, the site is paid for by members, not through vendor advertising which eliminates conflict of interest. The vendor profile also includes facts such as BBB membership, how long they have been in business, and whether they are licensed in insured; a nice one stop shop.

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stingballApr. 14, 13 8:18 AM

Of course, the obvious thing that jumps out is why did this guy paid the contractor $500.00 cash up front before any work had been done. Always withhold payment until the work is completed so you have leverage if things are not done properly. A downpayment to a contractor is OK is some cases but make sure it is accompanied by a detailed contract signed by both parties.

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formergopApr. 14, 13 9:21 AM

What does this guy leave a huge mess in his yard for his neighbors to look at? Why doesn't he just cut it up with a hand saw and have a nice little campfire with weinies and marsh mellows? Yeah you got ripped off, but don't make everyone else pay for your ignorance.

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sharkysharkApr. 14, 1310:29 AM

Fuel for the fire pit. Looks like a WIN to me.

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