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Another Coastal Bend Resident Comes Out Against Paving Company

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ANNAVILLE (Kiii News) -

An Annaville resident has come forward against the paving company that is allegedly responsible for spraying and killing a cat with hot asphalt last week.

The homeowner, James Richter, said he could not believe his eyes when he saw 3News' original report about Ricky the cat, because he recognized the asphalt company as the same one he hired to repave his driveway. He claims they did not do the job they were paid to do.

For $1,200, Richter thought he was paying Blacktop Paving for a new asphalt driveway. Instead, he said he was left Scrooged just before Christmas.

"They promised me a beautiful driveway and I got mud," Richter said.

What was supposed to be a brand new driveway made of asphalt turned out to be nothing more than clay and rocks. Richter showed how his driveway literally crumbled away with the use of his water hose and under his foot -- not the job he thought he paid the contractor to do.

Richter said the men were very convincing when they knocked on his door.

"I had a fella knock on the door, said he had a load of asphalt that was going to harden in the back of his truck if he didn't use it. Said he could make me a real good deal on an asphalt driveway. Said it was recycled. Fortified with cement," Richter said. "I did everything wrong, Bill. I did everything wrong. Didn't take pictures. Didn't take copies of drivers licenses, which I wish I had."

Richter has called and called the company with the phone number on the work agreement, always to no avail.

The Better Business Bureau said it's important to first have a contract, and know the correct contact information on the contractor. Do your homework and check to see if they are a legitimate business.

In this case, Blacktop Paving is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Richter said he now has to hire someone to redo the work, which of course, will cost him more money.

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