Yes, defintitely … - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on September 07, 2003 at 11:53:59:
Its hard to tell from your post the issues and exact solution required.
But you can check to see if there are social services that can help her, legal aid who might speak with the authorities about the fines, and yes, even you in helping with the rehab. I would even talk to the local paper about what happened, and put pressure on the authorities take action on this obvious perfidy.
I have called local papers on occasion, and you can’t imagine how quickly people jump. This sounds like the perfect story for the local action reporter, a helpless old lady, a greedy money grubbing contractor, and a hero REI. Wouldn’t shots of this greedy guy running from the cameras, covering his face, shouting “no comment”, warm your heart.
I think most of us engaged in REI are resourceful and most entreprenurial. It is extremely heartwarming to see someone like you who can extend a helping hand, rather that to see her misfortune as a pot of gold.
This contrasts to a post not far below regarding another elderly lady where the REI’s approach is to bug the authorities hoping the seller will get religion, cave, and quickly sell the house to him. Looks like you’re in a even better position compared to the other poster in putting the screws on this helpless old lady. Thankfully, concience and integrity prevailed here.
Shame on those who take advantage of “little old ladies”.