Builder destroys shower he had just built after claiming customer didn’t pay

A building contractor has been recorded on film destroying thousands of pounds of his own work after a dispute with his customer took a bad turn.

Terry James Gregory, co-owner of Dream Home Remodels of Colorado, US, was recorded smashing up the bathroom of his customer, Amber Trucke.

He claimed it was because Amanda wouldn't pay him, with his customer instead claiming this was because she wanted to inspect the work first.

She initially hired the company to carry out work across her property in Colorado Springs. As well as the shower, they repaired two ceiling fans and worked on the back door.

Amanda had paid a portion of the lump sum to rebuild her bathroom shower but said she stalled on paying the remainder because she wanted to inspect the quality of the job first, and to make sure the plumbing worked.

This didn't sit well with Mr Gregory or his co owner who returned to the house with a crowbar, a sawzall, and a sledgehammer to "reclaim" their material.

In the footage shared to Facebook, he is filmed destroying the bathroom tiles and when asked to stop, replies: "Is someone going to pay me?"

On the way out of the bathroom, Mr Gregory leans in to the camera and says: "Let me tell you something. No contractor in the state of Colorado will fix that when they found out that I took it back because she refused to pay me. No one."

Amanda told KRDO that watching the video "just brings tears to my eyes".

"It makes me sick, it makes me scared," she added. "This is more than just trashing my bathroom, my sense of safety is gone."

She claimed his hammer blows actually damaged the dry wall behind the tiles.

In a statement to KRDO, Jordan Cazares – who co-owns Dream Home Remodels with Mr Gregory – said: "After several weeks of work for a customer, communication broke down at the end of a project.

"There was no displeasure expressed, and we proceeded to ask for payment on the project by the end of the day.

"Communication broke further after that and resulted in our company repossessing a tile shower. We regret that this contract went sour.

"It has never happened before and is not something that is made regular practice.

"There was several other projects included in the contract that she is also unwilling to pay for, including a vanity, mirror, light fixture, 2 ceiling fans, plumbing work, fixing rotten framing in her walls, and an exterior door replacement."

Police are investigating the incident.

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