Elderly woman is determined to pay for roof repairs – Contractor tricks her into paying nothing

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The stereotype of home contractors is that they’ll rip off their clients for every penny. This roofer shows that sometimes the opposite is true.

Jeanette MacDonald has always been a fiercely independent person. But for the first time in her life, in her 70s, she encountered a problem that she couldn’t solve.

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Her roof was literally crumbling apart. At one point a roofing company had started work on the roof, but they had given up for a much more lucrative job halfway through.

So MacDonald and her four live in grandsons were all stuck in a home that was missing part of a roof.

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The original company that had given up on the job refused to return MacDonald’s calls. So she applied for a government grant to pay for someone reputable to finish the work. The cost of the original work had all but destroyed the woman’s savings. But this grant was taking forever to come through.

All this time, someone was taking note. Jeremy Locke was a roofer who lived nearby MacDonald’s damaged home.

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Over the course of weeks and months, he drove by the home, and his heart sank every time he saw that the damage was still there.

So Locke volunteered to fix the roof in his spare time. He didn’t know MacDonald personally, but he could tell that she was old and struggling.

But MacDonald refused Locke’s offer. She couldn’t stand the idea of anyone working for free for her. She’d always paid for everything her entire life. And she was determined to have the money for the roofing repairs.

So Locke got back to his work. But still, he would pass by the home, and knowing that MacDonald was suffering in her home would play on his conscience.

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Once more, Locke offered to do MacDonald’s roof, at a nominal rate. But still, she refused.

Locke gave up. But a little later, he came up with a plan.

He knew that businesses sometimes hold raffles for free work to gain publicity. So one day he drove up to MacDonald’s home and told her that he was holding a raffle.

MacDonald agreed to enter the raffle and took a ticket from Locke. Locke wished her luck, but really, she didn’t need luck. She was the only person in the raffle.

A few days later, Locke called MacDonald up with the good news. She had won the “raffle.” He was going to start work on her roof the following Monday.

MacDonald couldn’t believe it. This work would drastically improve her and her grandsons’ quality of life.

So Locke got to work, and in a couple of days, MacDonald’s roof was better than it had ever been.

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Locke would have gotten away with the entire scheme, had it not been for his wife.

She told her friends about Locke’s fake raffle, and these friends told friends. Before the work was concluded, everyone in the town had heard of Locke’s good deed. Luckily, by the time a news crew showed up to document the repair, MacDonald herself had found out about Locke’s trick and come to terms with it

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MacDonald and her grandsons are incredibly grateful for Locke’s work. Locke is modest, even though the work wound up costing him $9,000!

Clearly, Locke has a charitable soul!

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A 'guardian angel' tricked her into accepting a free roof

Jeanette MacDonald won a new roof in a lottery… but didn't realize no one else had a ticket.Via CBC Nova Scotia www.cbc.ca/1.5344397

Posted by CBC Prince Edward Island on Friday, November 8, 2019

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