An American roofer wound up in jail for taking an entire roof back from a non-paying customer.
Andrew Jackson Higdon III from Louisiana was originally hired in December 2016 in response to a property damage complaint.
The 63 year old told the Associated Press that he made a verbal agreement with the client to get his payment in full once their insurance check came in. When the time came, however, the customer instead offered to make partial payments.
Andrew didn’t take this well, and said that if he didn’t get his money, the customer wouldn’t get their roof!
After repossessing his handiwork, Andrew was charged with simple criminal damage to property, along with criminal trespassing.
In a case like this, it’s fairly easy to take either side. Still, Andrew’s tale does remind us of an all-important lesson: never agree to a job based on a verbal agreement alone. Establishing a paper trail with signatures from both you and your customer can help you to hold them accountable when payday comes.
Andrew was released after paying his $4,500 bond.