OAP pays but suffers delays

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“MY father assumes everyone is like him.”

So states Terence Connolly as he laments the £250 his disabled 81-year-old dad James paid a gardener - up front.

Terence claims the man spread three bags of sand and left. He has not returned.

Mr Connolly senior made the payment after the man completed a trimming job at his Wisewood home for £70. The second, larger, task was to level off a small area and pave it with material they already had.

Terence said: “In a trusting spirit, and with goodwill, my father gave the man £250 up front. He did a little work and left.”

ACTION Desk called the company, believed to be based in Doncaster, and a man answered, but kept repeating: “hello?”

The line went to voicemail several times over the next few days.

Yesterday a woman answered, but when The Star was mentioned the line went dead.

A few minutes later a man answered and kept repeating “hello,” again.

The firm’s business card states it offers special rates for senior citizens and, ‘we do not ask for payment until work is completed’.

That is sound advice.