by: Richard Elliot Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. - An elderly southwest Atlanta woman will have to spend Christmas away from her home of 30 years after the man she hired to put a new roof on her house never finished the job.
"He kept giving me the runaround," said Wagner, a retired teacher. "The next thing I knew, rain started coming in my house."
Her bathroom ceiling completely
Wagner said she was too embarrassed to tell her children until last week. They rushed to put a tarp over the roof, but by then, the damage had been done.
"It makes me very angry," said Wagner's daughter Christi Giddens. "She trusted him and this is what she got. Shame on him. How could he do this in this time of year?"
Giddens and Wagner said they've spoken to the roofer but he keeps giving them excuses as to why he can't finish the job. He did return to try to patch up some of the water damage to the ceiling, but he only screwed in sheets of drywall.
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Meanwhile, Wagner cannot spend Christmas inside her own house. She'll spend it with her daughter as they try to figure out how to repair all the damage.
"All we can do is try to let people know that there are people like him out there and to beware, because they could take your money and run," said Giddens.