West Bexar County – Three days after KSAT reported a short-staffed waste hauler’s week-long backlog on pickups, owners told customers they were filing for bankruptcy and their already-delayed pickups would never happen .
In a Monday morning email, the owners of Warrior Disposal told their customers, “There are things out of our control and we have been battling these situations for years and it has impacted our family and our families. finance. One of the most critical things is finding people who are available, willing and willing to work.
“We have spoken to attorneys about our situation and we have no choice but to file for bankruptcy at this time,” they wrote further in the email. “We will not be able to continue picking up trash and it will take place immediately.”
An online search of court records on Monday evening showed that no bankruptcy filings had yet been filed under the name of the company or the owners.
The company’s website has since been taken down, and text messages and phone calls to owners have not been returned at the time of publication.
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The email made no mention of refunds to customers or how to return their trash cans and recycling bins, beyond asking customers not to drop them off at addresses that “may have been posted on social media.” .
“We don’t own the yard where we parked and the house you keep vandalizing is not our place of residence,” the email states.
Warrior Disposal started in 2019 and marketed itself as “veteran-owned,” which customers told KSAT drew them to the company in the first place.
Joseph Gonzalez, who owns the company with his Navy veteran wife, told KSAT Friday that Warrior has nearly 5,000 customers, but only three employees remain in the field, down from a peak of 16.
This meant that of the seven trucks his company had, only one was actually in service on Friday. Some customers told KSAT that they hadn’t had a garbage pickup for several weeks.
When KSAT was asked on Friday if he was concerned about the future of his business, given the number of customers upset about the delays, Gonzalez said, “I’m just concerned about the day-to-day right now. I mean, our creditors are great people — great people to work with. They have helped us immensely. The problem is getting people to work. That’s all. People just need to want to work, and we are there. I mean, apply. You know, show up and we’ll put you to work.
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