***UPDATED 4/29/2010 See below***
So, time to release the hounds. Our stone is gone and we want our deposit back! Of course, the stone guy is being unresponsive.
His name is Sammy Robert Mullis, or Sammy Mullis.
Phone number is 828-423-3630.
Date of birth: 09/23/1960
Garinger High School, Charlotte, NC; Class of 1969
When we were first going to hire him, we did a google search and didn't find anything bad (or good). So here is our story for to any future clients of his:
We heard from a friend on November 5th that our neighbor just got a great deal on soapstone countertops. That night, I walked over to the neighbor's and got the information. I called him that night. He called back and arranged to come over the next day, November 6th. He came over, quoted Marc a price and he left so Marc could discuss it with me (I had an OB appointment.) We decided to do it. We called him and he came back. We gave him a check for $1,350 (50% deposit) and he said he's have it in "late next week".
After much haranguing, he did come and do the templates on Monday, November 16th. He said he had "one more job to do" and then he'd be over to do ours on Wednesday or Thursday. I think this Monday is actually the day he installed our neighbor's countertops. This gave us some false confidence that he would do ours as promised.
Friday he texts and says he will be there Saturday.
I'm freaking out. I'm 7 months pregnant and hosting 9 people for thanksgiving. With a new cooktop, sink, garbage disposal and faucet sitting in my dining room, waiting for countertops.
We called the stone supplier. They did indeed have our stone. They were waiting for him to pick it up. (Even though it was confirmed on the phone the 21st that he "had our stone" and "was working on it".)
Over the next weeks, Sammy continued to text us with updates and to tell us he would have it in "Wednesday" or "Saturday" or "Monday". He said he was in the hospital. About to die. Oh, wait, he's ok, and he'll be there tomorrow. Pffffffffff.
We found out this week that our stone is gone. Sold at auction this weekend. And if that isn't bad enough, they confirmed that he had called earlier that week to cancel the order. Probably right about the time that he texted Marc saying he'd have it installed Saturday.
Let this serve as a warning to you, future clients. And if you'd like to help us find him and get our money back, we'd appreciate it. We need his current address to file a small claim against him. This is what we are looking for.
Or you can search him in google, and then click on the link in to my blog so that is climbs in the google ratings.
Here is a link to his google results. Find 86'n it and click on the post "86'n it: Release the Hounds" it might be on page 2. (or click that little up arrow to "promote" it.)
Here is the other information we have:
Default Judgment for $30,300 against Sammy Mullis
Catawaba County Court Records
(for home renovation project)
225 Westover Drive, Asheville, NC
Filed for Bankrupcy
Address at this time:
20 F Ryder Street
Landis, NC 28088
(all of these are public records)
Said he has a "shop in Burnsville, NC"
Said he is living in Johnsoncity, TN
Lived in Kannapolis, NC
Ok, this update is long overdue. It turns out, that when you STEAL $1,350 from someone, it is a criminal case, not civil. Great! I found this out because we discovered that he had just got out of jail in Yancey county. What for you ask?? Well, doing the exact same thing to a lady up there. He took her deposit $$ and ran. Awesome thing about Yancey county is that they are diligent up there and they setup a "sting" operation to catch him. It worked!
So we filed a criminal complaint against him, and when he showed up for a court date in Yancey county, the kind sherriff transported him to our county! YAH! He got out on bond, but still. YAH!
Fastforward a couple of months of him getting the case continued, then him not showing up to our court date. So there currently is a warrant out for his arrest. Only bit of good news is that we found out that the case in Yancey county was dismissed because he paid her back. So, there is hope...
So Sammy, or anyone who knows him, if you are reading this just give us back our dang money. Baby needs diapers!