Company that restores old vending machine under ban


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper says a North Carolina company that charged advance fees to restore old vending machines but didn’t finish jobs is banned from accepting payments until consumers are satisfied.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens entered a preliminary injunction on Monday barring Antiquities Vending Company of Granite Falls and its owner, Alan Huffman, from advertising or entering into agreements with consumers for the purpose of accepting advance payment for antique restoration work.

The Consumer Protection Division heard from consumers who said Huffman misled them about when their restoration work would be completed and avoided attempts to contact him about missed deadlines. In other instances, Cooper’s office said Huffman told consumers their antiques were on their way, but shipping companies said no such shipments had been scheduled.

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