Update: Custom sign installer dragging his feet

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UPDATE 4/5/16: NORMAN, OKLA. - Our In Your Corner team has new details involving local sign maker, TJ Hammons.

He’s accused of running off with a customer’s cash and failing to install a pair of outdoor signs for business owner, Sammy Khader.

For months we’ve been looking for the signs.

Tuesday, pieces of those signs finally turned up, but they’re far from finished.

We now know Hammons subcontracted out the work to Swift Metal Works without ever dropping off the design plans.

Robbie Neece and Todd Wells say Hammons stiffed them on several jobs, unloaded about $500 worth of materials, then disappeared, leaving them wondering who the materials were for.  

That is until they received a tip from a friend to pull up our story on KFOR.com.

“We watched the video and I'd seen where Y'all were talking to him in the doorway and he said, ‘I have both the signs completed at my shop.”

Hammons promised the “In Your Corner” team the signs were finished, but refused to take us to his shop to show them to us.  

That's because there were no signs and the materials were at Robbie and Todd's shop the whole time and just days away from being thrown out with the rest of the scraps for recycling.

Swift Metal Works and Sammy are figuring out where to go from here.

“I would like to work something out to where we both end up winning in this situation,” said.

Hammons keeps digging himself a deeper hole.

There’s no sign of Hammons at his Del City shop.

There's equipment inside, but the place is locked up tight and it appears as if he's gone out of business, leaving Sammy in the dark and searching for a plan B.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Sammy Khader makes smoking the hookah look easy.

He offers a chill experience at his hookah lounge, Hubbly Bubbly.

Right now, he’s mixing up things with new hours and opening up a second, retail location.

Part of the upgrades includes more visibility.

He hired sign installer, TJ Hammons, to make, install and hook up a pair of outdoor signs.

Two months and $3,200 later, there’s still no sign of Hammons or the goods.

Court records show Hammons has money problems and was sued by at least two customers for breach of contract.

We hightailed it over to his northwest Oklahoma City home.

Hammons told us he recently broke his ankle and his health problems delayed installation of the signs.

He assured us he's finishing up the final touches on both signs.

“I've got pictures of them already made,” he said. “They're at the shop.”

Protect yourself and your money.

In Khader's case, he typed in the words "sign contractor" online and went with the first contractor who popped up.

"It really puts my guard up,” Khader said.

We're giving Hammons until the end of the week to install the signs.

We'll check back.

Background checks are important, and it's real simple to search court records in our state.