VOC 2 – Say hello to Ethan, a plumber whose customers say it’s a real IV.
Ethan is a disposal expert. his customers say, good at emptying their wallets. A plumber who drives his customers crazy with excuses for not showing up.
Ethan Mckarge licensed plumber? Or sump pump stump?
This is Ethan Mckarge on Facebook. He has a cool nickname: Ethan Mack. The man loves cars, but cruising Facebook seems to be the way he gets customers for his plumbing business.
“I posted on Facebook if there are plumbers or anyone who could tell us what’s going on,” said Isabel. “Ethan responded with his company page and said he would give us a free estimate.”
Isabel and her boyfriend just bought their first house, but they had problems with the sump pump. They paid Ethan $ 3,200 to replace it.
Instead, Isabel says Ethan just tore down their cement cellar, apologized, and ultimately never returned.
‘I study. My friend is a firefighter. We both work hard for our money and it was hard for us to lose all that money, ”she said.
“I gave the check on June 5 of last year, 2020,” she added.
Rob Wolchek: “Holy smokes! That’s a long time!”
A check for $ 1,900. That was a down payment for Ethan to put a bathroom in the basement of Don’s Taylor house.
“He had an excuse that his mother was getting sick,” said Don. And I said okay, I understand. Then he had an excuse that he was in Belle Tire all day. He had a flat tire. So I said okay. And then someone in the family died, and he had to leave the stands for a little bit. I said okay. You know, I worked with him. “
Every now and then, Ethan came by to do some work, but he had many excuses for not finishing it.
These are real messages he sent to Don:.
- “His mother fell down the stairs.”
- “He was waiting for his test results to make sure he didn’t have Covid.”
- “Hey Don. I run after me. I had a friend of mine killed. Complete the funeral arrangements. ”
- ” I will come by. I am trying to have my alternator replaced. ”
- “” Hey buddy. I’ll still drop by to let you know. Just round up with my bank and home loan. ” ‘
Ethan had a broken tow bar on his car.
And finally: ‘I’m coming. I’m going to pick up the girlfriend from the colonoscopy. ”
That’s a lot of excuses. And the project was left an unfinished mess.
“I wish I could talk about him better, but I can’t,” said Don.
Rob started to look at Ethan. He drives around in this big truck. There is no sign with its Mckarge plumbing on it and in fact there is not even a license plate.
And according to the secretary of state, Ethan doesn’t even have a valid driver’s license. It has been suspended.
If he has a plumbing license, Wolchek certainly can’t find proof of it. But that’s okay, because Rob has never seen him do plumbing.
The closest he got to actually doing anything other than hanging out with his motorsport buddies or waiting in a long line at the smoothie drive-through was making what looks like a sales pitch.
Plumber Ethan Mckarge’s texting apologies for unfinished work according to a customer.
Even then, he never took out a pipe wrench or a plunger. After a few minutes he was on his way back to doing nothing. And he did absolutely nothing for Goldie.
“I trusted him,” Goldie said.
Last September, Goldie posted on Facebook that she wanted to install an emergency generator for the home. McKarge plumbing responded.
Goldie paid Ethan a down payment of $ 3,200 for the purchase and installation of the generator.
“He said he was licensed,” she said.
But getting Ethan the plumber to do the job was just a dream.
His first excuse was to go to Port Huron to pick up the generator. Port Huron is 100 miles away from Goldie’s home in Dearborn Heights. It looks like Metro Detroit would have many generator places nearby.
Then Goldie got this text:
- “I’ve been in bed for the past few days with very severe allergies.”
- Then, “I’ve been in bed all day with food poisoning.”
- In November, he was still making excuses.
- “Sorry I was sick in bed with the flu.”
- After Christmas, Ethan said, “We’ve already had this conversation about the truth. The truth is, I have the generator. It’s hard to do anything when I have Covid for the second time.”
- Then: “I lost all my contacts.”
In February she got in touch with “Don’t ignore you. Sitting in the hospital to deal with the current situation.”
In April, Goldie still didn’t have a generator – or her $ 3,200.
Wolchek: “How do you feel about that?”
‘I am ashamed. I am angry. I just feel bad all over the place, ”she said. “I saved up for this.”
And she wants this plumber flushed out.
“That’s why I called you Rob,” she said.
Wolchek: Well, I’m going to get it.
Rob Wolchek, left, and Ethan Mckarge.
A little later Rob finds his husband.
Wolchek: Hey Ethan! How are you?
Ethan: I’m fine.
Wolchek: How are you feeling today?
Wolchek: Why didn’t you ever do this work for this lady Goldie? You kept telling her you were sick all the time? You took $ 3,200 to put in a generator? What happened to that?
“Ethan talk to me. Hey dude talk to me! Are you kidding me?
‘What about Isabella and Don? Talk to me man. You don’t have a driver’s license, Ethan! ‘
Hey Ethan the plumber, it’s time you bugged. and submit to the Hhhhhalll of Shame! “