It is not that it doesn't snow here. It does. But usually we get 2-4 inches and it melts the next day. So 12" of snow that last for 5 days is a big deal. The whole city shut down. 60k people lost power.
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
Well, our stone is gone. Sold at auction last weekend. Our stone guy never picked it up. Now, on to getting our deposit $ back from him. I'll update with a full story when I have more resolution. I think the lesson that we've learned is that when in doubt, just DIY it. We've hired 3 contractors so far, and 2 of the 3 have turned out to be total crooks. (Not the painter, Don Kirkwood, who was awesome!)
I'm going to admit a small confession here. When I saw our neighbor's soapstone in person, I didn't love it. It was greenish and very veiny. Not really the mod look I wanted. So, thank goodness for small blessings (and horrible, dishonest people). Now we are looking at resin countertops, which is actually the material that is used now in classrooms instead of soapstone. Check out Grassrootsmodern.com's awesome resin countertops.
So on to the "literally" part now.
I was tapped to do my office holiday party's music playlist. I'm no music snob, but I think it rocks. I mean, Camera Obscura followed by Jackson 5? Santigold followed by Chuck Berry? Pulp's Common People, Brazilian Girls AND Snoopy vs. The Red Baron?
Anger over countertops turned me into a compositional genius!
Here's a link to the full list.
I'm not sure what I expected from the daughter of a woman who owns 75 pairs of shoes, but Frita isn't even born yet and already her closet is bursting! All of this with NO shopping on my part. (Thanks Maggie & Ellie!)