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Complaint Review: Total Home Repair

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  • Submitted: Wed, January 11, 2006
  • Updated: Tue, January 24, 2012

  • Reported By:seabrook Texas
Total Home Repair
PO Box1252 Kemah, Texas United States of America

Total Home Repair, Ginn Services Sub-contractor agreements cheat employees from final payment Ripoff Houston Clear Lake Area Texas

*Author of original report: Thomas E. Ginn " NOT A CREDIBLE PERSON"

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ginn Services

*Author of original report: I take back one thing I submitted to Rip Off Report.

*Author of original report: Thomas E. Ginn PREDATORY CONTRACTOR

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ginn Response

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ginn Response

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ginn Response

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ginn Response

*Author of original report: Ginn Services

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I responded to a local press advertisement for employment as a painter to a Thomas Ginn of Ginn Services by phone and was asked to interview with Mr Ginn the next day. I reported my qualifications to Mr. Ginn and was asked to supervise a crew of painters as he was forming a new office and clientel in the Clear Lake area .As I was not interested in temporary employment as a subcontractor for Mr Ginn, he offered me full time employment with his company supervising workers and performing my craft in the local area. I accepted and began working on 16 May 2005 at the hourly rate of twenty dollars an hour. I did agree to be temporarly employed as a subcontractor for the first two weeks untill Mr Ginn could make arrangements for the necessary insurance coverage and furnish his newly opened office in Clear Lake with the proper paper work he needed me to sign. I hold Thomas Ginn to his original, verbal agreement which limited the time of my Subcontract Labor Agreement and deserve to be considered a full time employee as of the third week of the job I performed for him. [continued below]....
..... As pruff of the Verbal Agreement I offer the E-Mail dated 11 May 2005 from Thomas Ginn which clearly limits the term of the agreements I signed.

I was unaware Mr Ginn was improperly conducting his business in Galveston County untill the 14th day of October 2005. While filing a last minite Property Lein against Mr.and Mrs Cassity's property( the customers house I painted for Mr Ginn) the Galveston County Deputy Mrs. S. Neal informed me that there was no contractor D.B.A for Thomas E. Ginn or either company, Ginn Services or Total Home Repair. I thought i was working for a legitimate contractor legaly conducting business untill the fourth week of the job while handing me the payroll Mr Ginn boasted of his cheating the two helpers who had been terminated, of $90.00 per man for 3 T-shirts he required them to wear at work, and that because of an agreement they had signed, had cut their pay to $5.50 per hour from the $8.00 and $8.75 they were promised. It was at that point, that day I warned the homeowner of her liability of a Mechanics or Property Lein against her, if Thomas Ginn did not pay his employees.

I began my trade in 1971 at my local high school in an Vocational Training course Paint and Body Repair 1&2 and have spent most of my adult life working in my trade. I have performed my trade with dignity and have never been accused of the slander made of me by Mr Ginn and his attourney. I served as a Journeyman Painter with The Houston Painters Local Union from 1978 untill 1990 serving on the Apprenticeship Committe and as the Recording Secretary of my Union. I have been trained in most every aspect of my trade and am most proficent in my craft. I was accused of poor workmanship, making slanderous statments, mischevious conduct, theft and threatened with a $100,000.00 law suit because I stood up for myself and the crew of men I felt responisable for.I myself performed the most difficult and dangerous task of this job, risking injury to myself. No mistakes were made by any workers, the customer was totally happy with the work done(Verified by her E-Mail dated 22 June 2005). Myself and two journeymen were not paid for approximatly two weeks of pay for work done on The Cassitys home, my figure was $1,290.00 Mr Ginns attourney qouted $1,340.00 probably a more accurate figure probably given to him by Mr. Ginn ( since Mr. Ginn did not furnish employees with an accounting of hours paid). I employ the Texas Workforce Commission to severly fine Mr. Ginn and require him to post a bond, encouraging him to conduct his businesses with truth and integrety.

Mr. Ginns attourrney claims in his letter dated 8 July 2005 that I was paid $3704.56, and that is probably true. He states in that letter that I claim I am owed $ 1,340.00. Im not sure where he got that figure because we never spoke and the only figure I used was was what I belived I was owed $1,.290.00. I was paid with 4 or 5 checks from Mr. Ginn, only two of which were payroll checks the rest were for material reimbursment, which I clearly wrote on the checks. During the course of the five week plus period I worked on the Cassity home I recived two payroll checks, the first for a little more than $1,000.00 as he held back the first weeks pay, and the second payroll check for about $2,020.00. As I were not given a itemised check stub and was unaware of the hours I was being paid for. I gave the material recipts to Mr. Ginn for reimbursment,trusting he would make copies and return them to me, he did not.

I am currrently pursuing payment through the Texas Workforce Commission under the Texas Payday Law. My original Wage Clain was denied as I had agreed temporarly (for a two week period) to work as a subcontractor. Mr. Ginn had sent me a verification of our verbal agreement in an E-mail and I have based my case on it for a Special Hearing. If I win only four men will have been cheated. Mr. Ginn is a consumate liar and can easily gain the confidence of customers and new employees. He will prey on the wealthiest customer base he can find (homeowners owning homes from $250.000 to $2,000.000. I currently have filed a lein against the homeowner to recover my wages.

Ronald seabrook, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

Thomas E. Ginn " NOT A CREDIBLE PERSON"

AUTHOR: Ronald - ()

 I, am Ronald Skeen. A 58 yo Painter residing in Seabrook, TX. for the past twelve years. 7 years ago I worked for a Painting Contractor, Thomas Earl Ginn owner of Ginn Services, who at the completion of the project choose not to pay me $1,127.00 . I decided to appeal to The Texas Workforce Comission and eventually won. I learned that Thomas had had a Long List of Sub-Contractors, Homeowners and many others he had Cheated in some form or fashion. I choose to warn Consumers about this Despicable Man and posted my Greviance on Rip Off Report. I felt it was My Duty. As a Result of that decision Thomas Earl Ginn, (Determination of Federal Bankruptcy Judge) did Create, have Copies made and Distributed flyers at my Condominium Property on 14 February 2006 that Labeled myself as A Child Molester. This Hurt Me Greatly.

After 7 years a Federal Judge has reached a decision in my Claim that Accused Thomas Earl Ginn of Ginn Services of Liable Per Se and Defamation of Character. Why the Judge did not Allow my claim of Forgery, I do not understand. Thomas did use My Name on the Document, without my permission. Thomas Earl Ginn has been ordered to pay me $1,250.00 for his Malicious Conduct. The Judge stated that "The underlying facts demonstrate just how cruel one human being can be to another. The Court can think of little worse in today's world than being falsley labeled a Child Molester".
Thank You, Ronald R. Skeen 29 March 2013

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ginn Services

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Ronald Roy Skeen's efforts to extort money from my client or company have been unsuccessful. He has been unable to prove any of the allegations he has made in this report. He continues to slander those involved with additional false allegations.
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#3 Author of original report

I take back one thing I submitted to Rip Off Report.

AUTHOR: Ronald - (U.S.A.)

I did make one mistake in my haste to make information available to the public through this venue. I stated Thomas Ginn was using the name Robert and Karen Ginn as an alias. That information is not true, to the best of my knowlege.

I called Robert and Karen Ginn's home and was greeted with a recording, I thought it sounded like Thomas Ginn The Predatory Contractor.
When I called them back the next day, I realised the mistake I had made. The were so generous when I told them of my plight, that later that day Robert Ginn called me back and told me of an old residential telephone listing he had discovered of Thomas Ginn's.

I am sorry that in my haste I passed on incorrect information to the public. It is my intention to warn the public of a slick Con-Man that is looking to cheat whomever he can. I am aware that besides myself, David Martinez and Chris Maher my co-workers. Thomas Ginn has cheated the owner of a Temporary Employment Service of More than $5,000.00 about five years ago.

I hope others that have been done wrong by Thomas E. Ginn will share with me their horror stories so I can document their stories as well. I could have let go being cheated from $1,170.00 I was awarded by T.W.C. I can not let go the defamatory flyer Thomas Ginn had distributed at my condo property.

I will be an Albatros around Thomas Ginn's neck for the rest of my life and will continue to warn sub-contractors, homeowners and temporary employment services of the truth only I can attest to.

Once again, I am sorry for disclosing the honerable names of Robert and Karen Ginn by mistake.

Their name should not have been associated with The Scab on Humanity as I believe Thomas E. Ginn to be.
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Thomas E. Ginn PREDATORY CONTRACTOR

AUTHOR: Ronald - (U.S.A.)

Thomas Ginn is the owner of Ginn Services, Total Home Repair, Christmas Lights Unlimited and has supported on the internet several other businesses. Curb Numbers Unlimited,Ginn Window Cleaning and Texas Pool Builders.

I welcome Mr. Ginn to make his lawyer so much wealthier by suing me again and again. I have truth on my side and that is the best defense in a civil case. I have documentation to back up my statements, Mr. Ginn has his lawyer. A lawyer that has made four or five times the money Thomas has cheated me and two other co-workers from. If anyone cares to they can check out Mr. Ginn through The Houston Better Business Bureau where he is listed as Ginn Services Inc. for his business Texas Pool Builders.

Ginn Services Inc. is owned by The Ginn Group Inc. of East Point, Georgia and is controled by Jim and Jerry Ginn (no relation or affiliation with Thomas E. Ginn). Thomas E. Ginn has a habit of using other Ginn business owners names on his website to impress customers.

I recently reported Thomas Ginn to a Sulphur Springs attorney for listing him as an associate of Ginn Services. On the same website titeled Ginn Online at www.kemahsailcharter.com Thomas Ginn has listed "The Ginn Open" under Events at that web address and the owner of the golf tournament has been notified and now that site has been closed for repairs.

I take back nothing I previously reported to Rip Off Report. I have never used another name to represent myself to others personally or for business, I am proud of my name. At my E-Mail address I am listed as ron sking as I was informed to use a synonym instead of the correct spelling of my last name for safty. That is the reason for my own civil action against Thomas Ginn as he created, copied and had distributed a flyer at my condominium property naming me as a child molester. He or his attorney have never addressed this accusation since I reported it to them on 14 February 2006.

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded me wages Thomas Ginn cheated me from. Thomas Ginn has recently filed a civil suit against T.W.C. and myself to try to overturn the decision. An attorney from The Texas Attorney Generals office will defend T.W.C.'s decision and I have been assured he will prevail.

I catorgise Thomas E. Ginn as a "Predatory Contractor" cheating those that do work for his company, sub-contractors and temporary employment services
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ginn Response

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Ronald Skeen has lied throughout his message. I will forward his massage to my attorney. Mr. Ronald Skeen has tried to extort money from my business along with my client. His efforts of a rip-off scam did not work. Mr. Ronald Skeen owns a painting company named "Ron's Painting" and he goes by several different names. Mr. Ronald Skeen has not been awarded a single dime from his scams as of 5-27-2006
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ginn Response

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Ronald Skeen has lied throughout his message. I will forward his massage to my attorney. Mr. Ronald Skeen has tried to extort money from my business along with my client. His efforts of a rip-off scam did not work. Mr. Ronald Skeen owns a painting company named "Ron's Painting" and he goes by several different names. Mr. Ronald Skeen has not been awarded a single dime from his scams as of 5-27-2006
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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ginn Response

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Ronald Skeen has lied throughout his message. I will forward his massage to my attorney. Mr. Ronald Skeen has tried to extort money from my business along with my client. His efforts of a rip-off scam did not work. Mr. Ronald Skeen owns a painting company named "Ron's Painting" and he goes by several different names. Mr. Ronald Skeen has not been awarded a single dime from his scams as of 5-27-2006
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#8 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ginn Response

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Ronald Skeen has lied throughout his message. I will forward his massage to my attorney. Mr. Ronald Skeen has tried to extort money from my business along with my client. His efforts of a rip-off scam did not work. Mr. Ronald Skeen owns a painting company named "Ron's Painting" and he goes by several different names. Mr. Ronald Skeen has not been awarded a single dime from his scams as of 5-27-2006
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#9 Author of original report

Ginn Services

AUTHOR: Ronald - (U.S.A.)

In my original report of the company I incorrectly thought the company name was Total Home Repair, it is not. Ginn Services D.B.A. is regestered to Thomas Ginn. The Name Total Home Repair was the name in the boldest letters on the T-Shirts we were required to wear on the job I worked on. Mr. Ginns first name Thomas may be an alias. I discovered, last night that the home he lives in in League City Texas is owned by Robert J. Ginn and his wife Karen V. Ginn I recgonised Thomas's voice on the recording.

Since my original report I have been threatened by Mr. Ginns attorney with a $100,000.00 lawsuit for slandering his name. Accused of theft, criminal trespass and poor workmanship. The most recent stunt perpetrated by Mr Ginn had become my worse nightmare..

I arrived home on Tuesday 14 Febuary 2006 around lunchtime to discover flyers had been distributed around my condominium property. A full sheet of bright red paper with bold black letters and this is what it said.

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My name is ron skeen and I'm a child molester. Yes, I love little boys and girls.
I live at 3300 Pebblebrook#81 and drive an old beet up red Chevrolet truck with my paint stuff in the back. I use my little white dog to attract the little ones. I just wanted you to know! It's a public announcement!
Happy Valentines,

My neighbor told me that the spanish man she saw distributing them was detained by police and the remaining flyers were confiscated. The police returned the flyers to me and the name of the suspect a day-laborer claiming he was hired by a man in League City. The officer said this was not a criminal case and there was nothing they could do to assist me in discovering the person responsible for this morbid joke on me. So, I decided to take a pro-active approach and comb every print shop on the other side of the lake to League City. The first place I stopped was Office Depot in Kemah Texas a mile or so from my home.

By the time I had reached the third print shop about 2:30am, I received a call on my cell from the lady at Office Depot. She identified herself and asked me, " Does the name Thomas Ginn mean anything to you? As if she were reading off of a receipt she stated that about 10:00pm Mr.Ginn had purchased a package of red paper and had paid to have 100 copies printed on the paper.
I applied for a Wage Claim through The Texas Workforce Commission and was denied, not realizing The Subcontractor Agreement I signed was so crutial to my case. I filed for a Special Hearing with T.W.C. providing the Hearing Director with a copy of an E-Mail from Mr. Ginn stating I was to work for the first two weeks under the Subcontractor Agreement and would be a full time employee after that. On 7 March 2006 I was awarded most of the money I was cheated from. But this ordeal is not over yet. Now I am forced to file a civil lawsuit for the malicious liabelous document distributed by Mr. Ginns day-laborer. I have contacted Mr. Ginn and his attorney with no response.
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