‘Gardener’ charged OAP £1,880 to cut the grass

Aboyne's Golf Road
Aboyne's Golf Road

A retired Deeside woman was left dumbfounded when she was given a quoted price of £1,880 to cut the grass in her back garden.

The Aboyne woman, who does not wish to be named, was then told by the workman that she was getting a 50% discount due to her old age and disability and that the cost otherwise would be well over £3,000.

The lady told the Piper that a man wearing a suit knocked on her door and asked if she would like any gardening work done.

The OAP, who has mobility issues, answered that she would like her grass cut and borders trimmed.

The man then left her a flyer for an ‘Elaine Gardening’ which promised “special rates for OAPs”.

Phoning later that night, the lady asked how much the work would cost to be told the four-figure sum.

She told the Piper: “He looked like he’d never touched a shovel in his life... I knew this was a scam. My worry was that someone older than me might get taken in by something like that.”

When contacted by the Piper, a spokesperson for Elaine Gardening said he had “no idea” about the work: “We always provide written quotes to anyone seeking work done and we do it to the highest professional standards. We put out thousands of flyers so I guess someone else is using one and pretending to be from the company. We’ve had issues like this before.”