There are few things as bad as doing some work for someone and then not getting paid what you believe you're owed. Such a scenario has developed around the renovated Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park, and a roofing contractor says he might have to lay off 40 workers if he doesn't get paid soon.
But while Sterling Exteriors, of Tacoma, Washington, maintains the Park Service owes it $215,000, Park Service officials say the general contractor for the job, the John Korsmo Construction, also of Tacoma, is responsible for the bill.
Sterling Exteriors put the cedar shake roof on the inn. However, owner Doug Vieselmeyer maintains Park Service architects miscalculated how big the job really was, and he invested an additional 4,000 square feet of cedar shakes -- and the necessary labor -- to complete it.