You might have noticed a lot of landscaping renovations around town the last few months being done by crews of Tongans. The deal sounded too good to be true, which should have sounded the first warning tocsin in my head. I was reluctant but based on the size of the crew and the promise to have the work completed in one week, I agreed.
Three and a half months later the work isn't half done, and what work was completed is pure crap and needs to be re-done. When the project started the Tongans were there almost daily, then only every few days, then only once a week. The project dragged out with most of the work only half done or not even started.
I had originally agreed to make three equal payments; a down payment, another when the project was 50% done, and the third at the end. Not far into the work i got a sob story from the crew chief and head of the family that he needed the next payment early in order to get the materials to finish the job. I foolishly went against my own better judgement and paid him.
We were over two months into the job when he came to tell me he had no money left and would not be able to finish the job. my yard and walkways were a complete shambles. a day later his "cousin" showed up to fix the other guys mistakes. and it would only cost me another bundle to have him finish the rest of it.
the first guy low-balled the estimate, dragged out the work until you were completely frustrated and angry, then bows out for lack of money. in steps the good tongan ready to deliver you from the bad tongan, and it will only cost you nearly what you already paid to have the work done in the first place.
after dealing with the first tongan all those weeks, the lies, the broken promises and all the bad work, no way I was going to pay another one to do the same thing over again. I declined his kind offer and instead I hired a true professional landscaper to come in and finish the job.
i never got any paperwork from the tongans (which should have been another red light) in spite of many requests for it and their many broken promises to bring it "next day". so i don't really have any evidence to lay before a judge. but its definitely a scam folks, fraud plain and simple.
Don't repeat my mistake- DON'T HIRE THE TONGANS!!!!!