New year, old problem

A deck project is nearly finished...but not by the man who was paid to finish it. (Photo courtesy: KATV)

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- If you give somebody your word, you should keep it - especially if that somebody is Seven-On-Your-Side's Jason Pederson.

Tonight, we have a look at what happens when you don't.

Back on December 13, we visited with Rick Anderson about a project he had left unfinished.

Everyone agreed the project would be completed by the end of 2018.

The deck added to Michael Griffin's office is now nearly completed but no thanks to the man he hired to complete the job - Rick Anderson.

"Saline County is where he is from,” says Griffin. “But we went to school together. We graduated in '86 from McClellan High School. We've basically lived out here our entire lives."

That is one reason why Griffin says he felt comfortable paying Anderson in full for the job before the job was completed.

"There was no written agreement at all,” says Griffin. “All there was was a handshake and he's going to get it done. He asked for the material costs up front, which was about $1,700. Then he asked for another $1,500 about halfway through. And then at the end, you know, he asked for the balance, the remainder of the balance, which was $4,700 in total."

Griffin says Anderson did do about 70 percent of the job, but after he had received 100 percent of the money, the excuses as to why he couldn't return and finish started piling up.

And then Anderson's promise to Seven-On-Your-Side to finish the job by the end of 2018 was broken.

We called him to ask why.

"(phone rings) This is Rick Anderson. Leave me a message and I will call you back.” “The mailbox is full and cannot accept any messages at this time. Goodbye."

"I don't need the money back,” says Griffin. “And I'm gonna fix it because I'm not going to wait. My point is that he doesn't do this to somebody else."

A text message sent to Rick Anderson did not get a reply.

Griffin says one good thing did happen as a result of this situation: the man who was working with Rick Anderson now works for him.

Air date: January 2nd, 2019

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