Bizarre moment furious tradie starts tearing up tiles in a rooftop protest claiming he hasn’t been paid for the work he did: ‘Get off the roof’
- Chaotic disagreement between tradies over unpaid invoices
- Roof tiler claimed he waited eight months for payment
- He then ripped his work off the house, enraging the builder
A vengeful Aussie tradie has scaled the roof of a home he laid tiles on just to rip them off because over a bitter pay dispute.
Simon McPherson’s bizarre protest, at a home site in Hadfield, North Melbourne, was met with an expletive-laden rant by the furious builder he laid the tiles for, Adrian Padoin.
Footage shot by one of Mr McPherson’s employees showed Mr Padoin standing below with a sledgehammer while tiles from the home clattered to the ground.
Simon McPherson explains why he scaled the house he laid tiles on eight months earlier just to rip them off over a bill dispute
‘Hey get off the f***ing roof,’ Mr Padoin calls out, in footage played on A Current Affair on Wednesday.
‘Come down here so I can smash ya, ya f***ing c***.
‘How did you get in the house, dog?’
Mr McPherson replied: ‘I’ll get off the roof when I rip it up mate,’
‘Pay your f***ing bills,’ the tiler adds several times during footage of the chaotic disagreement.’
Ms Padoin, heads for the worker filming, and is told the same: ‘Pay the bill, we’ll fix it.’
Mr McPherson claims he invoiced Mr Padoin for $6,994 for the tiling work in May 2022 and only ever received a deposit.
‘Everything [he said] was ‘I’ll pay this week, I’ve got money coming in’, this, that.’
Mr McPherson said he continued receiving excuses about the overdue payment for months, so he began to threaten to rip up the work that wasn’t paid for.
‘I even told him a few times that it was going to come off and he didn’t believe me.
‘You get over [not being paid].
‘It happens in a lot in this industry and there’s no-one that’s going to do anything about it.’
Mr McPherson claims the official arbitrator for such disputes, VCAT, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal was ‘too expensive’.
Instead he preferred his own solution – removing the tiles he laid eight months earlier, because he considered they still belonged to him.
The furious builder, Mr Padoin, watches helplessly as the tiler he worked with rips his work down
In footage filmed by Mr McPherson’s co-worker, roofing tiles placed on the Hadfield home were torn off and dropped to the ground in protest. Pictured, tiling in progress on a different home
Back on the ground, Mr Padoin grew ever angrier watching the broken tiles drop to the ground.
‘You’re gonna cop a smack in the mouth as soon as you get down,’ the builder yelled.
Both men claim to have called the police and although they are not shown arriving, ACA said they did come but ‘no action’ was taken against either man.
Mr Padoin claimed that no matter what damage was done to the home, ‘at the end of the day I’ll get it fixed [but] he’s not going to get his money.’
He also claimed Mr McPherson should have been more patient because he was about to settle his debt, ‘probably within a week or two’.
‘Now he’s got no money.’
He called Mr McPherson’s rooftop protest ‘a spiteful act’ and acknowledged the whole situation didn’t reflect well on him.
‘But I think it’s going to look worse on him.’
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