A Colorado Springs business is warning people about a crew going door-to-door advertising a great deal on asphalt. The owner thinks it might be a scam.
"It literally just kind of crumbles in your hand," said Cheryl Meek, the office manager at Harvest Mountain Foods on El Paso Street, near Fillmore.
Meek tells 11 News the parking lot outside the small, family-owned business was paved on Monday. Less than a day later, the asphalt is already breaking down.
"That's not put down correctly," said Meek.
Meek says Bituminous Paving did the work. They were going to door-to-door in the area, claiming to offer a great deal for their services.
"They just basically said we have some leftover asphalt and we'll give it to you for a great deal," said Meek.
A few hours later, Meek's boss was stunned to receive a bill for $4,000 for the job. They agreed on $3,500, but it still didn't seem right. Later, they called the bank and stopped the payment on the check to Bituminous Paving.
Now, the small business is left with a mess. They have some words of advice for other business and homeowners; before you hire anyone, do your homework and check them out first.
"There will be other local companies who have legitimate businesses who will do this the right way," said Meek.
11 News has put in calls to the owner of Bituminous Paving for comment, but haven't heard back.
According to experts with the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association, there are red flags to watch out for.
-First, there is no such thing as leftover asphalt.
-As the material cools, it becomes worthless and can't be used.
-They also warn to stay away from contractors going door-to-door.
-Don't be afraid to ask for their license. In Colorado Springs, you have to be licensed with the city to do business within the city limits.