Name: Mr D, Received: Jul 17, 2012
Complaint: As other people have said, Shawn Lafleur gives a very good impression of himself and his work, but it is by no means genuine. Everything this man says is a lie. I can tell you this because I worked for him for 7 months and I saw and heard all of his BS. He speaks confidently when asked a question about the work, but it is almost ALWAYS a fabricated answer to make it seem like he knows what he's doing, when in fact he doesn't.
Also, as other people have mentioned, he does not answer calls or texts or emails, even though he will argue to the death that he did. He plays "innocent" so well, you may even start to question yourself! well, don't be fooled.
I saw him install a toilet waste pipe with a backwards slope over a 4meter span, he told me that the pressure from the toilet would overcome this long uphill journey. Then of course, when the plumbing would not drain, he tried to blame the tiler! The result is permanent plumbing problems because Shawn did it himself to save money on a qualified plumber.
I saw him install many useless concrete footings, some before the thaw, some with water in the holes, and ALWAYS without 3/4 gravel in the whole first, despite my suggestions to build them correctly.
He told me a story about how he'd been painting a "friends" house (without a drop sheet of course. why? because he is NEVER prepared for the job he is doing) and when he tried to clean the paint he had dropped with some chemicals, he destroyed the finish on the floor. Who's fault is that? well according to Shawn Lafleur, his "friend" for using cheap floor varnish! (this is quintessential Shawn).
On another job he caused damage to the neighbour's walls, and every day the poor lady would come to me and ask "when is Shawn coming to fix my wall? why won't he answer my calls".
There are countless stories like these, but the bottom line is - he will never admit fault, and will say anything to avoid being accountable.
I worked hard to help this man but when I told Shawn that I would no longer work for him, he disappeared, with my pay! When I tried to contact him he would ignore me, just as he ignored so many other people (I know because I witnessed it). When there were problems with his jobs, or whenever people were trying to contact him, I always felt like he thought that if he ignored it, it would go away.
Not only has he taken money from me - a good honest hard working employee - he is trying to lay phony charges of assault against me now, just to get out of paying me.
In my seven months working for him I saw four other employees come and go, and each one can verify these truths about Mr Lafleur.
Avoid him at all costs.