To The Daily Sun,
I am the homeowner who had the misfortune of hiring Don Guarino to work on our house. My wife and I have been regretting that decision ever since.
Mr. Guarino made some statements in this paper on March 9 that need to be corrected and clarified. Guarino says, "I missed a court date." Guarino missed three court dates in 2016 related to this case. For one date he received and signed a certified mail notice of the court date, but he still failed to attend.
When filing a motion to waive an arrest warrant for missing another court date in August, Guarino wrote, "Would the Court please vacate the warrant, as I plan to appear on October 6th."
He then failed to show on that date, and another arrest warrant was issued in October, which Guarino ignored until the police finally collared him this February. Besides skipping court dates since May 2016, Guarino doesn't even mention that he has failed every month since then to comply with court ordered payments to me. Obviously, Guarino believes he is somehow above the law.
In the March 9 article Guarino talks of appealing the July 2015 court decision finding him guilty of breach of contract. He should be well aware that he had 30 days to appeal that ruling, and that time is long gone.
Guarino is quoted saying, "Because of the fact that the relationship had deteriorated, I thought it was mutually agreed that we were done. And I said he could have the funds that were left to purchase the windows and finish the siding."
That is a lie. Guarino simply disappeared from the job. He wouldn't return phone calls or emails. My wife and I didn't know whether he was coming back to clean up the mess he had created in our house and yard, whether he would ever deliver the materials we paid for, or whether he planned to do anymore work at all. When I did finally see him again, he refused to refund the money that my wife and I had given him to purchase materials, leaving us with neither the materials nor our money. We had no choice but to go to court. The court found him guilty and demanded that he reimburse us.
Now, after three frustrating years of dealing with this man, we are still trying to get our money back. And Guarino is still lying, still trying to squirm his way out of his legal commitments. He is a man of many excuses.
Maybe some people know him differently, but to my wife and I Don Guarino is an irresponsible, dishonest man who fails to honor his commitments and abide by the law.