PENSIONERS claim they were targeted by “cowboy” workers who tried to charge £250 for a quick clean of their driveway.
And the couple say the work was so bad that they got out their own pressure washer and cleaned a few bricks to show the men, who had Irish accents, how to do it properly.
After refusing to pay them, the “scruffy looking” gang are said to have skulked off and left in an ageing, white pick-up truck.
Retired Barbara and Philip McClure, of Fenton Road, Hartlepool, now want to warn other residents not to fall for what they believe is a scam.
Mum-of-two Barbara, 62, said: “They said it would be like new. They said they would clean it and seal it and it would be spotless.
“But when they came back and asked for the money we said we could have done a better job. We used our jet washer and went over one brick and showed them it could be cleaned better than they had done it.
“They’d left pools of water and the dirt they had touched was just moved to one side. It looked awful.”
Trouble flared when Barbara, a child minder, and Philip, 65, a retired electrician, had a knock on their door at 1.30pm on Friday.
They were offered the £250 cleaning service and thought it sounded like a good idea.
Work started at 2pm and by 2.50pm the men were back at their door asking to be paid, but were forced to leave empty handed.
Barbara, who also has four granchildren, said: “It seemed very quick. I think they were just cowboys trying to pull a fast one.
“They were scruffy looking and a bit intimidating. Thankfully they walked away but I’d urge other people not to let them on their property.”
Police have advised homeowners to be wary of people offering doorstep deals.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Always be cautious of people who come to you offering work.
“Look for reputable traders and always get a number of quotes to compare to make sure you are getting the best deal.
“If you have any concerns about cold callers, report it to the police.”
Cleveland Police can be contacted on (01642) 326326.