Door remains open on possible handyma...

Door remains open on possible handyman refunds

There are 54 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 21, 2007, titled Door remains open on possible handyman refunds. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

When I called Judy Colley of Longwood last week to tell her that handyman Jim Metts had promised to return $2,000 she gave him for windows he never installed, her reaction was understandable.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Metts Victims

Orlando, FL

#1 Mar 21, 2007
Metts is a cheat, a thief, and a habitual liar. Bumping into him in Home Depot was probably the most costly financial mistake I will ever make in my life. He still owes me work and money from over two years ago. We trusted him with our limited funds and got crappy workmanship on some of the work he did do, imcomplete work, and I am still waiting for over two thousand dollars worth of flooring to be laid in part of my house. The funds he was paid with by us bought him a newer pickup truck while he was working on our home. It's only fitting that he has to take out a oan against his home to pay off people he screwed over, since it was a loan against our home (that was free and clear prior) that was used for our renovations. Do you emember us, Jim? We will never forget you! I gave you the old bricks from my driveway for free when I had the new one poured. Need any more hints?
R McFadden

Port Orange, FL

#2 Mar 21, 2007
File a complaint with the DBPR in Tallahassee just as I did last year after being swindled by Jim Metts...if he wouldn't have refunded my money I would have continued with the original complaint.
Mel

Ocala, FL

#3 Mar 23, 2007
Home Depot and Lowe's don't need this bad press. The guy obviously does troll for customers in those stores. Both stores should have their attorneys contact him via certified mail informing him that they no longer desire his business, and that he is not allowed on any company property. Should he come into the store he will be trespassing and will be arrested.
sanji

Monroe, LA

#4 Mar 30, 2007
i was just wondering did he give you guys a receipt or anything like that and someone had said they contacted him and got their money back how'd that work
sanji

Monroe, LA

#5 Mar 30, 2007
Mel wrote:
Home Depot and Lowe's don't need this bad press. The guy obviously does troll for customers in those stores. Both stores should have their attorneys contact him via certified mail informing him that they no longer desire his business, and that he is not allowed on any company property. Should he come into the store he will be trespassing and will be arrested.
can you describe him maybe of what he looks like
Judi Metts Josephs

United States

#6 Apr 4, 2007
I read this article and cried, Jimmie is my son. Please use his correct name as Jr. His father was Sr. whom was the most honest man in the world and died with a fine name and reputation. Hopefully everyone will be patient and allow Jimmie to make restitution for the horrible mistakes he has made. He was brought up to know better and we all need to sleep at night.
Troll Victim

Orlando, FL

#7 Jun 21, 2007
In process of filing a DBPR Complaint, contacted Seminole County Law Enforcement and will be making his life a miserable.
Helen

Polk City, FL

#8 Jun 27, 2007
I just need to know what DBPR stands for. If I could do anything legal to this guy I will do it. My husband is very sick and we need to repair our house to try and sell it. He was so nice he understood he just wanted to be a nice person and help some one who was in need. He sure did help he helped himself to $1400.00 I didn't have to just give away. He does not have any remorse for anything he does. He will just keep on doing this to people until some one locks him up. I wish he could be tared and feathered and run out of town. But even that would just send him some place where they did know his for the slime he is. For the most part he knows how to run this scam so he is above the law. The sheriff just wanted to know how I could be so stupid.
R McFadden wrote:
File a complaint with the DBPR in Tallahassee just as I did last year after being swindled by Jim Metts...if he wouldn't have refunded my money I would have continued with the original complaint.
Helen

Polk City, FL

#9 Jun 27, 2007
I just read the little piece from Jim Metts Jr's mother. In April she wrote about his mistakes and how we all need to let him make it right. Well Jimmie Metts took my money in May. What about just stopping the thievery he is doing now before we make up for the past.
Helen

Polk City, FL

#11 Jun 27, 2007
Thanks for the info we had another address if this one turns out to be no good I'll post the one I have. I will file a complaint in the morning, but most agencies I have contacted say once he starts any work it is a civil case for the courts. He put in a set of french doors with nothing to hold them in but four nail and a lot of caulk.
Troll Victim wrote:
Department of Business and Professionial Regulation - Mett's has committed numerous crimes. He already has a file with DBPR and was served with a C&D letter that was closed in May 2007. Mett's FL DL shows his address as 1391 Barbazon Court Winter Springs, FL 32708. Will update as I progress with this.
sarah hensmenata

White House, TN

#12 Jul 7, 2007
sanji wrote:
i was just wondering did he give you guys a receipt or anything like that and someone had said they contacted him and got their money back how'd that work
i heard he gave a receipt with the prices on it but i don't know how they got their money back
Tim

Palm Coast, FL

#14 Aug 23, 2007
WOW, what, no posts since July7? What gives?Couple of things. First, be careful about posting addresses. Pulling info off the 'net and posting it is not a very good idea. Second, he did work for us and we have no complaints. I guess that by the silence here that everything is ok?
madden

Mims, FL

#15 Sep 15, 2007
Tim wrote:
WOW, what, no posts since July7? What gives?Couple of things. First, be careful about posting addresses. Pulling info off the 'net and posting it is not a very good idea. Second, he did work for us and we have no complaints. I guess that by the silence here that everything is ok?
Everything may seem quiet but it isn't. I'm the newest victim of Jim Metts. He stole 2,500 from me in June of 2007 and has promised to pay me back every week since. He comes up with a new lie each week why he can't make a payment to me. I lost my husband three years ago, live on a very fixed income. He's one of the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with in my lifetime. I would like very much to pursue a class action suit against this person. Anyone interested please reply back.
Artie

AOL

#16 Nov 1, 2007
I believe I might be his newist victim although the amount is small I would definitely be intrested in a sueing
madden wrote:
<quoted text>Everything may seem quiet but it isn't. I'm the newest victim of Jim Metts. He stole 2,500 from me in June of 2007 and has promised to pay me back every week since. He comes up with a new lie each week why he can't make a payment to me. I lost my husband three years ago, live on a very fixed income. He's one of the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with in my lifetime. I would like very much to pursue a class action suit against this person. Anyone interested please reply back.
LM Orlando

Windermere, FL

#17 Nov 7, 2007
He is still out there and trollng. We met him in Lowes. HE GOT US FOR $2000.00 so far. He is suppose to return our money next week and if he does not produce it THAT DAY I will proceed with this plan of action of that I guarantee.
#1 I have requested papers to file with the DPBR in Tallahassee the day he does not show up with the cashiers check. The history of other victims show that he usally does not.
#2 Channel 9 newes consumer fraud will love this story so he will get to be a TV star. I will contact them that day also. All of the people he has scammed will be represented when they do the research on him.
#3 I am also going to seek legal recourse with an attorney for my $2000. plus attorneys fees and any other restitution the attorney feels we may be entitled to receive.
Troll Victim

Orlando, FL

#18 Dec 6, 2007
The address is valid and "NOT" just pulled of the net. Jim lives there with his wife whom claims she is going to leave him soon, selling the home and re-paying the victim's. Travel there and you will see the truck we all bought him!
call em as I see em

Mount Dora, FL

#19 Dec 6, 2007
This is real simple folks:

Do NOT give any contractors, workers, painters, home renovators, handymen, etc. ANY money up front.

Any viable business or business person should be able to pay any costs out of pocket to be reimbursed upon SATISFACTORY COMPLETION of a job.

I have had A LOT of work done on my house in the past 12 years- everything from painting to new flooring to new gutters to major re-piping.

I have used many different workers- some from a business and some who were independent contractors, and NEVER once did I pay ONE DIME up front, nor was I ever asked to do so.

Anyone who I hire to do work for me who asks for any sort of money up front will NOT be working for me.

Just as in the regular work place, how many people get paid BEFORE finishing their work or at the BEGINNING of the work week?

Hiring people to work on your home is no different.
Taken too

Kissimmee, FL

#20 Dec 7, 2007
LM Orlando wrote:
He is still out there and trollng. We met him in Lowes. HE GOT US FOR $2000.00 so far. He is suppose to return our money next week and if he does not produce it THAT DAY I will proceed with this plan of action of that I guarantee.
#1 I have requested papers to file with the DPBR in Tallahassee the day he does not show up with the cashiers check. The history of other victims show that he usally does not.
#2 Channel 9 newes consumer fraud will love this story so he will get to be a TV star. I will contact them that day also. All of the people he has scammed will be represented when they do the research on him.
#3 I am also going to seek legal recourse with an attorney for my $2000. plus attorneys fees and any other restitution the attorney feels we may be entitled to receive.
I hope he shows up- and from my personal experience- his <fill in the blank> will be sick or dying, you name it- he'll give you any line. This guys is a con artist. I have no idea how he sleeps at night. If it wasn't for Greg Dawson, I would never have gotten my $ back. I think your idea for Channel 9 is an excellent one. They had contacted me, but I had already gotten my money back. What a shame- this guy is just moving his con from county to county. Best of luck to you. Keep us posted!
LM orlando

Windermere, FL

#21 Dec 10, 2007
Taken too wrote:
<quoted text>
I hope he shows up- and from my personal experience- his <fill in the blank> will be sick or dying, you name it- he'll give you any line. This guys is a con artist. I have no idea how he sleeps at night. If it wasn't for Greg Dawson, I would never have gotten my $ back. I think your idea for Channel 9 is an excellent one. They had contacted me, but I had already gotten my money back. What a shame- this guy is just moving his con from county to county. Best of luck to you. Keep us posted!
No of course he did not show up. I suppose it was because he was at his dying mother's bedside RIGHT!! That was his story to us. I would be afraid if I were him that KARMA would get me and my mother really would die. If you believe in KARMA and I do(whatever a mam sowes he reaps)oh yes, he is a practing Morman so he said. Isn't that comforting. This mam is the king of liars. I would hate to die and meet my maker if I were him it won't be a happy ending. I am not at liberty to discuss the procedings of my actions at this time however when the proceeding are in place I will let you know. The wheels are in motion and action has been taken. We do not intend to stop until restitution had been made and all of Central FL IS AWARE OF JIM METTS and his scam games. I truly am happy for you that you were able to recoop your money good job.
Taken too

Kissimmee, FL

#22 Dec 11, 2007
LM orlando wrote:
<quoted text> No of course he did not show up. I suppose it was because he was at his dying mother's bedside RIGHT!! That was his story to us. I would be afraid if I were him that KARMA would get me and my mother really would die. If you believe in KARMA and I do(whatever a mam sowes he reaps)oh yes, he is a practing Morman so he said. Isn't that comforting. This mam is the king of liars. I would hate to die and meet my maker if I were him it won't be a happy ending. I am not at liberty to discuss the procedings of my actions at this time however when the proceeding are in place I will let you know. The wheels are in motion and action has been taken. We do not intend to stop until restitution had been made and all of Central FL IS AWARE OF JIM METTS and his scam games. I truly am happy for you that you were able to recoop your money good job.
I can't believe anyone would use a line like that unless it is true. I do believe in Karma, and that is a horrible thing!! Wasn't she on here a while ago talking about her "Jimmie" and how "everyone needs to sleep at night"? Sad. Just absolutely pathetic. I hope you get your $$ back, and kudos to you for spreading the word on this "guy". He could take the Con Artist of the year award. Keep me posted, I'll be pulling for you! Best wishes.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Casselberry Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Barack Obama, our next President (Nov '08) 1 hr Trump did curtsy 1,534,740
News Tampa Teacher @LoraJane Hates Christians, Promo... 3 hr Eagle 12 406
News Barack Obama is a Christian (Dec '07) 15 hr WelbyMD 4,894
News 'Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery' rev... Mon Revelations 166
Let's Chat (Jan '12) Mon Voyeur 19,229
News Residents learn how to deal, get rid of iguanas (May '09) Mon Bye bye 33
News Infant hit with empty glass in Oviedo restauran... (Apr '08) Mar '17 TashaD 201

Casselberry Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Casselberry Mortgages