No one likes losing money. If you drop $20 somewhere, you’re bound to be a bit miffed. In Oregon, a plumbing contractor known as Jack Howk Plumbing and Rescue Rooter, was fined $540,000 by the state, according to The Oregonian.
Initially, the states Construction Contractors Board wanted to take away the company’s license and fine it more than $620,000 after an investigation which found the company used scare tactics and high-pressure sales techniques on customers. The Oregonian said the company won the appeal and will pay a smaller fine.
Additionally, the contractor board said ARS has paid $350,000 in restitution to customers and will be on probation for three years.
"It's close to a million (dollars) altogether and they're going to have to keep a $250,000 bond for the duration of their probationary license," said James Denno, administrator of the contractor board.
Stories like these show how important it is for plumbers and contracting businesses to keep up with local state standards and be honest with customers. Read the rest of the story in the Oregonian and be sure to keep up with your local state contractor rules and regulations.