Cops: Painter arrested after posting ‘doesn’t pay’ sign in Greenport

06/23/2013 4:45 PM |

A Riverhead painter faces a charge of criminal mischief after he had a disagreement with a client over money and then posted a sign on the other man’s building, saying the man “doesn’t pay,” according to a Southold Town police press release.

Louis Cardamone, 50, hung the sign on 401 Main St. store after the store’s owner declined to pay him in advance for a paint job, police said. The owner paid Mr. Cardamone half the money up front and said he would pay the rest when the job was half completed, police said. The owner claims the half-way point was to be the completion of the sanding and priming, which was not done.

The sign caused damage to the siding on the Main Street building, police said.

Mr. Cardamone was arrested Saturday evening and released on cash bail, police said.