Re: Kid tries to scam a shop for $16k worth of work
The whole $16,000 isn't just in materials. Sure, a good chunk of that IS materials, especially when you're working with exotic paints, carbon fiber, etc, but I think a huge chunk of that $16,000 is just labor. So why should that matter if they don't have much of a cash outlay on the project? Because those billable hours could have been billed to someone that will pay.
I agree, at some point it got out of hand and the shop probably should have reined in the customer a little, but I can understand the passion that goes in to a project like that. It might not be your car, but it is your project and it can swallow you alive.
That said...the kid owes the shop $16,000. More interesting than that is just how amazingly fast this story spread. The internet is a powerful new tool to say the least.