Bid to solve drainage problem yields hard lessons for senior citizen

Jim's Professional Concrete refunds money; Ray’s Concrete breaks promise

Author: Brian Mylar, Reporter, bmylar@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 30 2012 06:50:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2012 10:00:47 PM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO -

An 82-year-old San Antonio man gave money to two different contractors and neither did the work he wanted.

He asked them for his money back and contacted the Defenders when they stopped answering his calls.

Kent Moore has a drainage problem. "It's washing away the foundation at the back of my house," Moore said.

To solve the problem, he devised a plan and said he found two contractors in a newspaper classified ads section. He first hired Jim's Professional Concrete and Jim wrote a bid on concrete work to improve drainage.

"I gave him a couple hundred dollars and he left and didn't show," Moore said. He then hired Ray's Concrete and paid him $500 in cash.

Moore said Ray started the job but did not do what was agreed and then left.

Moore had a request of the Defenders. "Get the whole town to give (Jim and Ray) a call and say, 'Give Kent Moore his money back.'"

Jim's Professional Concrete apologized for the mixup and paid back the $200.

A Ray’s Concrete representative argued that he earned the $500 for what was done. The man argued he did some work and Moore changed the plan, but he did agree to pay a portion back.

"If I can give it to him before, I'll give it to him before,” Ray said over the phone. “If not, Friday.”

Time went by, the boards remained but no money was returned. As of Monday, Moore still has not gotten his money back from Ray's Concrete.

But Moore said he has learned a lesson. "Don't give money until it's completed,” Moore said. “Make sure what you want is done properly."

The Defenders also suggest researching contractors and looking for reviews before hiring them. Ask for references and never pay in cash.

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