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Roofers tore the roof off of the wrong Florida house thanks to a GPS mix-up

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6/12/2018 (Caralynn Lippo)
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Pearl Northrup and her family were sleeping in their home at 6:45 in the morning when they were awoken by the unmistakable sounds of people on their roof. When she went outside, she found workers ripping shingles off.

"Somebody is banging on my roof," Northrup told 4 In Your Corner. "I thought I was getting a new roof."

Northrup and her family are renters at the home. At first, she simply believed her landlord, Sarah Fritchey, had neglected to give her advance notice about the repairs. But as it turns out, when Fritchey’s tenant called her to ask about the roofing work, that was the first Fritchey had heard about it.

"I didn't okay this, I haven’t asked for anybody to come and to do the roof," the Lehigh Acres homeowner told 4 In Your Corner. "They just came on our property and began ripping the roof off."

The workers were from the roofing company NASTAR. When Fritchey asked the site supervisor how the mix-up had happened, she was told that the wrong address had been put into their GPS.

L.B. Skaggs, the owner of NASTAR, told 4 In Your Corner that his workers have already fixed the portion of the roof they ripped off before Northrup and Fritchey stopped them. But the landlord and tenant don’t believe that’s good enough — they want a new roof.

Skaggs has agreed to meet with the women in order to work out a solution.

"I'm looking forward tomorrow, or whenever is convenient for them, to meet me personally myself, and we'll go forward and make sure that they're happy," Skaggs said.

INSIDER has reached out to NASTAR for comment and to find out how the situation was resolved.

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