It's *spraying a driveway* not something with hidden complexity.
Presumably the driveway was completely visible and measurable. Unless
the homeowner somehow changed the scope of the job in mid-work, this
is indeed a scam. If you price the job too low you eat the difference
and do better the next time. Integrity and all that stuff..
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That is a weird way to view the problem. Someone bids a job, refuses
to finish unless paid more is not a scam? What color is the sky in
A bid is a bid and reputable companies live up to them. Now had the
owner added to or changed something later, then he would up for
not a contract nor binding unless turned into one (verbal or no) which
states it is (binding, that is). (Not that this particular racket isn't
an out-and-out scam, the principle is more general.)
These fly-by-night outfits are rampant everywhere each spring. There's
a good chance the "product" applied was nothing more than used motor oil
or similar besides...
Typically they claim that it's leftover asphalt from another job. In
reality, it's old oil (motor or fuel oil?). They probably con some
garage to give them the old oil for free.c
It even makes a dirt driveway look shiny and black.
He was scammed. This trick has been around for years. Quote a low price,
start the job, then demand more money. No different than buying a gallon of
mild at the grocery store and on the way out being asked to pay more. If
you are that naive, please don't make any big decisions on your own.
It is surprising that with all of the publicity in Florida about home
repair scams so many people still fall for them.
I would never deal with a contractor either from advertisement or,
especially, cold call. Waterproofing and windows.
The phone rings every day. :o)
They had the same thing going on here in CA with the driveways a
couple of months ago, a lot of older people got taken in by the
scammers doing lousy jobs, demanding more money etc. I'm glad to say I
wasn't one of them. I will say that the front man for the operation
was a personable young man telling me that he will be doing all kinds
of work in my neighborhood, repairing driveways, patios, blah blah
blah. I ran him off with my cranky old woman voice. LOL I saw in the
paper the other day that he was finally arrested in Indiana. :-)
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