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Predatory Paving: Are You A Victim? PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 07:33

Predatory paving…in this summer of recovery from the worst winter for our roads and driveways, it appears to be epidemic.
A Tennessee paving firm is being asked by the North Carolina Attorney General’s office to respond to the Consumer Protection Division about complaints filed by five High Country Area residents in regards to paving done at their properties.

Linda Matthews from the AG’s staff wrote Todd Whittaker of Platinum Paving at their Johnson City office in regards to the federal law that gives buyers three days to cancel such contracts. Noted in the letter is a conversation with Whittaker, in which he is quoted that he does no door-to-door solicitations.  Nonetheless, complaints in the matters have come from the five, named in the letter, and as that matter works its way to whatever action will be taken, even more predatory paving is being reported.  In the case of one county resident listed in the complaint, I was told that he could not get a definitive price for repairs to holes in his driveway, then a much larger area of his drive was paved that what he requested—with a much larger bill than he had budgeted.  The complainant said he was only told he was getting a “great deal” and that he was embarrassed for not getting an up-front written estimate.  Then yesterday, another company came to his house, soliciting to pave, and the man noted that some of the workers were the same as with Platinum Paving.  Another victim was a 91-year old man who was shocked at the huge bill, and who ended up giving the pavers a tractor along with cash to settle the bill. His son is outraged and he says the company is often going after elderly residents.
A woman from Platinum Paving responded to my inquiry and said that the company had posed questions back to the Attorney General’s office that had not been answered and that Todd Whittaker was on vacation and would answer my questions Monday.  Tuesday, however, is the deadline for responding to the AG’s office.  Just what action may come from next from the dispute depends in a good measure on the Platinum Paving response, according to the AG’s office.  It’s an on-going problem, and we’ll have on-going reports.
If you feel you have been victimized, we want to hear from you.  Call me locally at 414-1027 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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