North Carolina Vending Machine Restorer Banned from Receiving New Contracts

The company failed to complete work on time, provided false updates and shipping estimates, and never returned their property or provided refunds

North Carolina Vending Machine Restorer Banned from Receiving New Contracts
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July 18, 2016

A North Carolina company that restores old vending machines has been prohibited from accepting new contracts until it adequately completes its current workload.

Per a request from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens has entered a preliminary injunction barring Antiquities Vending Company and its owner Alan Huffman from advertising or entering into agreements with consumers for the purpose of accepting advance payment for antique restoration work. This decision bars the company from taking upfront payments for any machine restoration work in the state. In addition, if the defendants deliver a machine to a consumer, they cannot accept final payment until the consumer is completely satisfied.

"When you pay someone, you expect them to do the job or give you your money back," said Cooper, in a written statement. "Consumers let us know this business kept their money but not its promises, so we're holding the business accountable."

In April, the North Carolina Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit against Huffman and his company based on complaints from 54 consumers who hired Antiquities Vending. These included claims that the company failed to complete the work on time, provided false updates and shipping estimates, and never returned their property or provided refunds.

Under the order, the company is also required to turn over detailed financial information including assets and liabilities and a list of all consumers with whom the company has done business.

Any North Carolina consumer who hired Antiquities Vending without receiving their property or a refund is encouraged to file a complaint with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Based in Granite Falls, North Carolina, Antiquities Vending Company also operated under the name Antique Vending.