A nurse who claims she turned down a doorstep offer of work on her driveway was horrified to return home to find a patch of empty space.
Tracey Jones, 51, claims she turned down work just one day before from a man who knocked on her door.
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However, when she returned to her Wolverhampton, West Mids, home on January 9 she found her driveway had been dug up and a bill pushed through her letterbox.
The enraged mum-of-three reported the incident to Trading Standards, which is investigating the case.
Tracey claims she has yet to hear back from the company and is worried she will have to pay another company for the repairs herself.
She said: "I'm really angry. We're a youngish couple, but what if this had happened to someone disabled or elderly?
"I could barely believe it when I came home the following evening and my front garden had been entirely dug up and they'd left a bill for £2,500.
"I made it absolutely clear to the guy who knocked on my door that I was not going to agree to the work being done there and then. When I rang him to ask what on earth they were playing at, he tried to claim it was all a misunderstanding.
"Me and my partner both work very hard, and if we were going to make a large investment like this, we would make sure we have all the money in place first.
"I won't be paying for this mess, but of course we're now stuck with a bill to put this right ourselves."
Tracey says told him she was considering giving the driveway a facelift, but that she would contact him again if she wanted the work doing.
The driveway was previously a lawn, with slabs running down the right-hand side so Tracey could take her bins out.
But all of that had been dug up and left as mud.
The man left a bill, which he signed 'John', with a leaflet for the company P&S Paving Ltd. He also nailed a sign with a contact number to a nearby tree.
The bill reads: "To dig out all slabs and gravel area. Then to remove it all and to pit a new layer of block pavers all around. Then to put a new layer of hard acre. Then to put a new layer of sub-base down. Then to newly tarmac it all and roll it down to a smooth finish.
"To be paid on completion of customers satisfaction."
P&S Paving, which has premises in nearby Dudley, West Mids, said: "It was just a misunderstanding. I thought I had permission to carry out the work. That's why we did it."
Andy Jervis, head of public protection at Wolverhampton Council, said: "Following a complaint we received about unnecessary work that was carried out on a driveway, Trading Standards are now carrying out an investigation."
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, speaking about these types of instances said: "Our trading standards team
are aware of these sorts of tactics.
"They try and trick householders into thinking they have agreed to this work and presumably through a combination of confusion and pressure some people cave in and pay for work they never agreed to."