A Whack Job? Gardener Allegedly Attacks Homeowner

This is one gardener you might want to weed out.

A Laguna Niguel, Calif., homeowner got into an argument with his gardener, Francisco Calderonfarias (pictured at left), because he didn't like some of his work, authorities say. Calderonfarias then allegedly responded by attacking the homeowner and hitting him with the engine end of his weed whacker, after which the homeowner tackled him to the ground.

Calderonfarias was able to get up and go to his truck, though, and that, police say, is when things really escalated: The gardener reportedly grabbed his hedge trimmer and powered it up.

The homeowner ran into his house, locked his door and called the police. But before they arrived, Calderonfarias purportedly used his yard-tool-turned-weapon to destroy the homeowner's garden.

Police arrested the gardener on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

Read more about this strange attack on LagunaNiguelPatch.

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A good way to avoid your own altercations with a gardener would be to avoid having to hire one altogether. A group of entrepreneurs started renting out goats to manage lawns. Or you can make yourself a low maintenance lawn using xeriscaping.

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