Kirk W. Baldwin advertises as a landscaper in our local Eagle Newspaper. I contacted him from one of these ads and asked if he would come out and give me an estimate for a spring clean up. We met, we walked the yard together, I pointed out what I wanted done and also pointed out the two large section of lawn that were still iced over. Mr. Baldwin assured me he knew how to “”lift up the ice with a shovel”” and put it into trash bags for trash pickup. Based upon his assurance I agreed to let him come out on Monday, March 31, 2014 and do the job. Mr. Baldwin finally showed up around 12:30 Monday with one young man, a plastic leaf rake and some paper lawn bags. I immediately told him the paper bags would not be sufficient and offered him a brand new bag of Hefty trash bags I had purchased. Mr. Baldwin at that point took my check and left! I went out into the yard a short time later to find the young man alone and trying to rake a block of ice with his leaf rake and my garbage bags tied around his feet. He told me Mr. Baldwin had “”gone to get something to eat”” and that he told him to “”just do the best he could.”” It was apparent that he not only knew nothing about landscaping but that he wasn’t going to be able to do the clean up with the plastic leaf rake Mr. Baldwin had left him. At that point I offered him the use of my own rakes and yard tools. I went inside to call Mr. Baldwin – repeatedly – with no success. About an hour later Mr.Baldwin returned. I pointed out that he was not going to be able to finish doing the job he had promised me because of the ice and said if he would just return my check to me, we could reschedule for a time when the lawn would be thawed. Mr. Baldwin informed me he had already deposited my check and that he was unwilling to reschedule. He then started to raise his voice so I told him I would be stopping the check and went in the house. Mr. Baldwin took this opportunity to steal all my yard tools right down to the box of Hefty trash bags, and left. He then reported the unfinished yard work to the City of Birmingham’s Code Inspector as a violation, posing as a resident of Birmingham. He’s nothing but a petty crook and con artist. Do not hire this guy to do anything. He will steal you blind.
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