Have you ever wondered about all of those random people offering to help you with plumbing, electrical, or handyman work online? How about offers to clean your house, organize, do laundry, and other household chores. Do you ever wonder if they are operating a legitimate small/home/side business? Do they have insurance coverage if something happens, what if they “injure” themselves (or just claim to) while working at your home – are you covered? What if they’re a criminal? Do you take the time to verify any of these things, or just see a cheap price on a neighborhood social media group, and think “why not”? What if they’re out on bond from an assault charge, while using a hammer, and want to come into your home to do handyman work – would that be acceptable – because that’s exactly what’s happening in many middle Tennessee groups right now.
***UPDATE: Kayla (Who now goes by Kayla Mae Lindsey online) has responded and confirmed the actions below. In a recent social media comment she admits “yes at my job thank god my bro was theRe bc he pushed me out da way however when he did he got hit my bro will always be my a1 as well as sum 1 that i will always look up and i no he will be there when i need him”
Original story below:
Meet Kayla & Casey Cook. You may have seen their posts online, as they post dozens every day, in every middle Tennessee neighborhood group from Franklin, to Gallatin. According to Kayla, she is now married to Casey Cook, and she goes by the name ‘Kayla Legon Cook’ on social media. Her husband Casey Cook, for whom she frequently advertises his electrician, plumbing, & handyman services, is currently out on bond from an assault charge, during which he used a hammer. Would you let someone in your door with a hammer, that just got arrested for assault, with a hammer?
Despite the violent criminal charges against him, people on social media are responding to their advertisements, and letting them into their homes unknowing any of these details. Here’s a more in-depth look:
Casey Cook is currently out on a $3500 bond for Aggravated Assault With Deadly Weapon. The deadly weapon in question was a hammer, according to police report – and an item that most any handyman would carry with them on a service call to your home. Cook also has lesser charges related to drugs and a suspended drivers license, too.
According to the report, Casey Cook “SHOWED UP TO HER WORK AND STARTED A VERBAL ARGUMENT. THE VICTIM STATED THAT THE DEFENDANT BECAME AGGRESSIVE AND GRABBED A HAMMER OUT OF HIS VEHICLE. THE VICTIM STATED TO OFFICERS THAT THE DEFENDANT MADE MOTIONS TOWARD HER WITH THE HAMMER. OFFICERS SPOKE WITH THE DEFENDANT WHO ADMITTED TO TAKING THE HAMMER OUT OF THE TRUCK. THE VICTIM STATED THAT TO OFFICERS THAT SHE FELT IN FEAR FOR HERSELF BY THE DEFENDANT’S ACTIONS.”
Many services and apps, such as Takl & Care.com background check their providers that enter your home, have review systems in place, and some even provide insurance in case something happens, so that you get an extra added layer of security. However there is a large subset of individuals that just advertise directly – and many don’t use their full names on social media – or have charges under a different name due to marriage or divorce, making it difficult for the public to get a true idea of their criminal history or even open warrants using publicly available databases. Everyone should make their own decisions about who to let into their homes – but those should be informed decisions.
Here are the available police reports and charges in middle Tennessee. It should be noted that despite claims of 15+ years as a plumber, Casey has no legal license with the state of Tennessee for any electrical, plumbing, or even handyman work. Neither of the two are listed with any business permit in Davidson County, either.