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Plumber to Promises: You Drained My Wallet

10/29/2007 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A Malibu man claims Promises Residential Treatment Center was filled with false promises.
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In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Craig Macintosh, a Los Angeles plumber, claims that last Father's Day, he checked into Promises for substance abuse.

The facility, which has catered to stars like Ben Affleck, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, was not nearly as accommodating to Macintosh, at least according to the suit. Macintosh alleges he was "rapidly detoxing and desperate for help," when he was left with "no doctor, no meds and no food." Macintosh claims when the doctor finally saw him, he "didn't seem to know how to work the blood pressure machine."

Macintosh says he bailed after only a few hours, and Promises refused to return his $34,000, but offered him a credit. He's suing for negligence, fraud and emotional distress.

A Promises rep said they hadn't even seen the suit, so he couldn't comment.

To hear Macintosh's entertaining account of what went down, tune in tonight to TMZ TV. Check your local listings.


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kim suck    

F the famous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! first!

2530 days ago

kim suck    

poor Ben got his dope with no problem!

2530 days ago


Shouldn't this place be investigated by now? I mean, more than CNN, by actual gov't authorities?

2530 days ago

WOOT!!! Third (3rd). Keegan MacIntosh is left-handed.

2530 days ago

The Monkey Zone    

Well their lives are full of s**t, so their plumbing probably is to.

I say......Charge away.

2530 days ago


Hey, I just flew in from Miami, boy are my arms tired!!!!!!!!

2530 days ago

Standards are badly needed.    

Them that has, gets.
He'd have been treated first class if they'd had a plumbing problem.
Sounds like a nightmare.

2530 days ago

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Being a plumber he should have pulled the "stuff the toilets with a whole roll of toilet paper" trick before he walked out. Promises (as in we promise to make you miserable while raping you for 34 grand). Good luck trying to recoup your losses DrainoMan.

2530 days ago


This doesn't surprise me at all. I'm sure the plumber paid just as much money (if not more) for treatment as the "stars" do but due to his middle class status his problems aren't as important as the high profile clients. However how does a plumber have 34K to spend on rehab? Most druggies I know are broke- they've spent their life to pay for drugs thus entering a cycle where they want to get help but are unable to pay for "Treatment Centers" so they go back out on the street to buy a hit to feel better- it's easier & cheaper than rehab.

2530 days ago


Figures ,we all know how great that place was for Lindz and Twitney ...look I'd of left too CNA's and ME's know how to use BP machines soooo if the "Dr." dont have a clue it's obvious they dont treat much .Hope he gets a windfall in punitive damages ...:)

2530 days ago


lol I meant MA's as in medical assistants ...

2530 days ago


How does a plumber have $34 grand stashed away?

2530 days ago


1) Why are these TMZ comments so ridiculous most of the time?

2) After reading the court docs---If this is true, (and demanding a jury trial from the beginning usually means there are true claims) this is insane and these people should be hurt where it is going to hurt them the most---reputation and wallet.

2530 days ago



Perhaps he did have the money, or a family member paid for him to go to rehab, he may be a fabulous plumber--Im not sure what difference it makes where the money came from.

You are stereotyping drug addicts. Not all of them are broke out on the street un-showered, eating out of dumpster users. There are many who appear to be like any person without an addiction---they are a functioning addict.

2530 days ago

L.A. Douchenozzle, Esq.    

tough luck, crackhead, read your contract. you bailed, you don't get your money back.
next time try sucking on some man meat instead of a glass pipe.
besides, i'd have cured you for 10 grand in 10 days.

2530 days ago
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