Woman ripped off by handyman, left with half-demolished wheelchair ramp

- A pile of wood with nails and screws sticking out and an unfinished job has Geraldine Ward of Detroit feeling like she's been fooled.

"I am just at my wit's end," said Geraldine Ward. "This is a health hazard has to be done."

"I'm just at my wits end, I'm like why would somebody do something like this?" said Ward, 63.

Ward has lived on the city's northwest side for decades and says her wheelchair-bound husband passed away two years ago.

"I've been trying to find someone ever since then to have the ramp removed," she said.

Unable to afford much, Ward, who is physically disabled, says last Sunday she hired a man to remove the wheelchair ramp. Ward says she doesn't know him well, but he did some electrical work for her back in April.

"He said 'Oh yeah I'll do it,’ I said are you sure because you do electric," she said. "He said 'I can' and I said oh okay."

Ward says he assured her he'd get a couple of guys together and would make it happen for $400. He came back to her home the next day.

"He came by himself with no help and with a hammer," Ward said.

Ward says he began working on the ramp and asked Ward and her son for some of the money up front. The two gave him $250 in cash.

"We actually thought he was an honest man," said Ward.

Ward says when the man left last Sunday he said he'd be back the next day. Ward says he never showed up so she tried calling him - but could not get him to answer.

She left the man several messages trying to be patient.

"Things happen, but please respond to me," she said.

Now nearly two weeks later Ward was left with the wood pile at the front of her house.
"Which is unsafe for me and the mailman," she said. "I have to go to the post office to get my mail."

Ward says she feels embarrassed.

"This is wrong. You don't scam people."

Ward is frustrated and disappointed.

"If you needed money I would've given you something, I can't give you much but I would have probably tried to help you," said Ward.

She has not heard from the man since and only, really knowing his name.

"I'm not even looking for him at this point," she said. "I'm really just hoping someone can help a lady out."

If you know someone who can help Geraldine, please email FOX 2 at fox2newsdesk@foxtv.com

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