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Friday, February 20, 2009

Tiger on the prowl - Pommy hot mix scams Kiwis...

The "Tiger is on the prowl" again, fit and ready to take on the pro golfing world.

Its been 36 weeks since Tiger Woods won the United States Open on just one good leg. He believes his reconstructed left leg is good enough to take on the opposition once again. He stated, "I'm now ready to play again". The rest of the field should take note. He's on his comeback!

Four Englishmen are touring New Zealand scamming naive and unwary householders with so-called cheap hot mix in their trucks for tar-sealing driveways. Some have shelled out between $5,000 and $20,000 in cash cheques for substandard work that has to be later repaired at even greater cost. One local in Upper Hutt coughed up $22,000.

The gang had hired trucks and equipment, and used overseas travellers looking for an extra buck as labourers. NZ police said people are paying out thinking they're getting a bargain.This is a group of professional criminals, and New Zealand is just the latest target on their world tour.

However a local man from Upper Hutt here in the Hutt Valley, was visited by one of the conmen who told him that he had some hot mix left over from a job cocked up by an engineer. The local felt pressurised to accept the deal because it seemed so good. His driveway was resealed, but within a few days it was lifting, crumbling in places and had water seepage under the edges.

But when he saw the poor quality of the work and a bill for $22,000 when he expected about $5,000, he refused to pay and told them the police were after them. They left in a cloud of dust. Kiwis have been warned!


charles-davis said...

@Kiwi Riverman: That is a cruel hoax played here as well. Often they applied used engine oil. Seems to run in cycles. If a deal seems to good to be true, it probably is. Good warning though.

Kiwi Riverman - The Writer said...

My sentiments exactly. If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Yes. Well these guys have either copied it or instigated in the US too!