More complaints surface against First Coast interior designer

One particular Jacksonville loved ones says they dropped $58,000 to the operator of Sweet Southern Pickins.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Extra family members are coming forward with their tales, proclaiming a Jacksonville inside designer unsuccessful to observe through on operate they employed her to do.

We to start with reported on the issues against Sweet Southern Pickins on Friday, with a person family’s thrust for solutions and a refund.

“We ended up basically taken for $58,000, it really is like I just gave it absent,” Carol Welden told To start with Coast News. 

She feels stiffed and stood up following having to pay the funds for inside style and design work that she says she in no way gained.

“No type of support, products and solutions, or anything at all were being returned for my money,” Welden described.

We achieved out to the owner of Sweet Southern Pickins, Marlena Heck, but have not read back again. Welden suggests Heck unsuccessful to provide on their deal, which involved outfitting her new Jacksonville retirement dwelling.

Given that our tale with Welden aired last week, some others have come ahead sharing their negative activities with Heck.  

Kristina Johnson wrote on Facebook, “We way too loaded a BBB criticism towards them for incomplete perform. We were being contacted by the bureau and supplied our data. We gave an straightforward evaluate of the firm on their Facebook page which they deleted several situations and taken out the rating purpose. I’m happy somebody acquired justice.”

Beth Bradley responded, “I too was ripped off by her. She in no way responded to my mobile phone calls or letters. I experienced to employ somebody else to cleanse up her mess.”

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Shopper regulation attorney Austin Griffin claims receiving any dollars again can be tricky.  “Sadly, there is a system. I say unfortunately in this occasion due to the fact these men and women have been wronged, at minimum from what I can convey to from the filings,” he mentioned.

Welden gained a civil judgment versus Heck, but claims she hasn’t gained any reimbursement.

If Heck information for personal bankruptcy, Griffin says it may possibly be really hard to get any cash back again, but Welden could go after a criminal scenario which he says could even now compel Heck to fork out the dollars back by way of court purchase restitution. 

“From my comprehension, that would not be wiped out in individual bankruptcy simply because that would mainly be a legal good,” Griffin stated. 

Welden claims she shared her tale to alert other people. She urges you to do your exploration, over and above working with social media, ahead of employing anyone to do get the job done on your dwelling.

“The only other location I appeared was her small business on the online, I failed to dig any deeper,” Welden stated. 

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