The above entities and individuals hired me to upholster the booths and counter chairs at the Cookery Restaurant at the Flying J Truck Stop at Lebec, California. According to our written agreement, they were to supply the materials and one room there for the duration of our work. I received an advance fee of $3000., not half the total. (The balance of $3650.00 was due upon completion.) My helper and I packed our tools and personal effects and drove to Lebec on June 17, 2007 to begin the project. The fabric was thin and very flexible. I reported it to Carlos upon first viewing it on June 17, then discussed it with John when he arrived 2 days later. Both these people told me that I should continue the job and that I would not be held responsible for the poor quality of the fabric. The fabric had to be cut 2 inches smaller than the seat areas, because it stretched, in the beginning. The items were smooth with the beading at the top of the ends, in each case, and we took pictures of this. After less than one week, the fabric had stretched so much that the ends, where the beading was located, was bagging and the ends were wrinkling. The following 2 weeks, we spent time each day re-stretching the ones that had been in use, while continuing to cover the remaining booths and chairs. We had to leave on July 10, 2007. I gave Carlos Morales notice of that on July 5. I told him that, if there was anything not finished, I could come back on July 17. He told me that when I left, things had to be done and that I would not be allowed to return. On July 10, all the items had been covered completely and we also restretched the first 2 sections that we had done, again. We had re-stretched them several times by then. John Burgos told me at 4:30pm that day. that if we left, he would hire someone else to finish. I told him that we would be available to come back on July 17, 2007. He brushed me off with, "Do what you have to do". I had a committment, so we left at 5pm on July 10, 2007. On July 11, I mailed a bill to John Burgos at the Palson Electric Co., believing that my services were completed and final money due. I received a "24 Hour Notice " by email on the 16th, when I returned to my office, and a phone call from Eddie Loy, Jr. I called him and he told me that he was a partner in the business and that I should talk to John Burgos. I called John Burgos' cell phone number on July 16, 2007, left a message. He called me on July 17, 2007, telling me that the other company had started work on the 16th, denying that I had told him that I could come back on the 17th. There has been no further communication from any of these people. I completed and mailed, by certified mail, a "Notice of Intent to Sue", to all those people noted above and including the office manager at Palson Electric, who had talked to me on the phone in the beginning and who prepared my initial money. Too late, I checked the local BBB, found that Palson is not a member. Now I know why.
Spring Valley, California
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