12 On Your Side: Subcontractor, pregnant passenger get money back

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A subcontractor went partly unpaid for his work with a Richmond County school for more than two months.

Wayne Hawkins says the school district's general contractor paid him 90 percent up front for installing drywall at National Hills Elementary.
But nearly a year later, they still had not paid him the remaining balance.

The owner of Associated Drywall says he did everything he could to get his money. Richmond County School District said they paid the general contractor back in August, but Hawkins says the general contractor never paid him his portion owed.

"I've been calling every month, for 10 months, and can't even get people to return phone calls," Hawkins said.

News 12 On Your Side contacted the school district about the issue and they called Hawkins back the next day.

"I saw the thing on the News 12 for On Your Side and I said I can't get anybody to return my phone calls and, maybe they can, and they did," Hawkins said. "You got someone to call me the very next day, the general contractor from Atlanta, and he said, 'I'm sending half of your money FedEx.'"

Hawkins received $4,800 owed to him two days later.

News 12 On Your Side also helped recover another woman's money.

We told viewers about a pregnant passenger who was kicked off an Air Tran flight last week.

Bethany Davis had a doctor's note stating that she was able to fly but the airline told her to get off a flight after she boarded.

She ended up spending an extra $400 for a ticket on another carrier to get to her grandmother's funeral.

The Davis family sent us this email after telling her story: "Just wanted to let you know, in the end, AirTran refunded us Bethany's flight, the $400, and gave us four free round-trip tickets."

So far, 12 On Your Side has helped viewers recover more $535,500.

If you need help, you can email 12 On Your Side or call one of our Call for Action volunteers.

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