Barking mad

CONSUMER PROTECTION is hoping Perth’s infamous “rogue tree lopper” leaves town.

The watchdog recently issued another warning not to do business with Sean Robert Weinthal (aka…John) and his nephew Mitchell Craig Grisbrook, who distribute flyers offering tree lopping services in mailboxes around verge collection time.

Even Consumer Protection’s calling them “dodgy”, saying they’ve had complaints of misleading and deceptive conduct, failing to offer a cooling off period for unsolicited sales, wrongly accepting payment, failing to carry out, or complete the work as agreed, trespassing, bullying behaviour, carrying out unauthorised work and damage to property.

CP commissioner David Hillyard saying “it is with great frustration and exacerbation that CP is again issuing yet another alert about Mr Weinthal who, despite being prosecuted and the cause of numerous warnings for many years now, continues his misconduct when dealing with WA consumers”.

• Talbot Bashall was a victim of the “dodgy” tree loppers back in 2014 . File photo

CP’s received 44 enquiries and 18 complaints against Mr Weinthal in the past year.

Mr Hillyard says “Mr Weinthal can no longer be trusted to operate a business either ethically or legally.

“He has no appreciation of his obligations under consumer law and uses bullying tactics to intimidate consumers into accepting quotes and paying for work that has either not been carried out, is only partially complete or, if complete, does not meet the standard or fulfil the expectations of his customers.

“We can’t recommend strongly enough for consumers to avoid Mr Weinthal, Mr Grisbrook and their various businesses when getting quotes for tree lopping services.

“Usually they drop flyers in letterboxes in areas where verge-side rubbish collections are scheduled by local councils.

“If you receive one of their flyers, ignore it and ensure you get multiple quotes from other more reputable businesses.”

Mr Weinthal has used several business names, including Specialised Arborist Services (aka SAS Tree Services), Advanced Tree Specialists, Manageable Tree Services Metropolitan Tree Services, and West Australian Tree Services.

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