This is a really odd scenario so please bare with me, posting for a friend however writing it in first person so if more info is required please let me know and will ask her to clarify..
My neighbour's landlord hired a gardener to come and do some routine maintenance and tidy up of their yard. They accidentally gave them my house number instead of their house number.. said gardener came and did my yard instead (not much honestly, just some minor mowing, whipper snipping, trimming of plants, pulling out some weeds which I had only poisoned a few days earlier). I don't have a locked gate so said gardener let themselves in and did the task.
So there's a bill in my mailbox and it's a whopping $250, I rung the phone number and explained that there must have been a mistake as I hadn't booked him to come and he assured us I had and sent the "correspondence" message from Facebook which showed it was the owner of the property's profile.
Anyways, this is the complicated part. I am refusing to pay for a service I didn't request nor want as I'm an avid green thumbs myself. The owner who requested the service is refusing to pay any because they didn't get their property done and still need it to be done so have to fork out more $$ if they did pay. The poor gardener is in the middle and not getting his money which I can understand is frustrating.
The gardner suggested that both the owner and myself split the bill 50/50 so I would be out of pocket $125. However, that's almost a whole weeks worth of groceries and quite frankly, I don't have it in my budget to just throw away over $100 willy nilly. He also offered a payment plan but again, I don't feel I should pay for a service I never even wanted.
I am a bit royally peeved at the whole situation, I feel I am stuck in a mess and am here stressed about finances when I really shouldn't have to be.
What do I do now? Where do I stand legally/what can I do to make this go away that doesn't require me to be out of pocket?