Portage la Prairie, MB –
One family is wishing Gramma would get run over by a reindeer long before Christmas after she gave them notice they have to leave.
For 20 years, Shane Wallace, his wife Sherry, and their two boys Colton and Conrad, have lived in the basement suite of Vicki Nickels, but as of Monday the family of four must find a new address.
“I let them move in when they first got married, as a favour to my son Henry,” Mrs. Nickels explained. “I said they could stay in the basement for six months rent free until they found a place. They’ve been here over twenty years and haven’t paid a dime in rent.”
The elderly grandmother filed legal notice to rid her of the free-loading tenants after personal pleas for them to move out were ignored.
Shane and Sherry Wallace have, in turn, filed their own law suit alleging they have been unfairly treated by their grandmother and are seeking damages of $250,000.00. Mrs. Nickels’ home is assessed at $245,000.00.
Despite twenty years of payment free-living the Wallace family claim they cannot afford to the cost of buying or renting their own home.
“Vicki has really left us in a tight spot,” Sherry Wallace claimed. “We deserve at least a quarter of a million dollars from her just to get on our feet.”
When asked why the Wallace’s were not able to save money for a home, or at least a down payment, during the time they were living for free and Mrs. Nickels they offered this.
“Hey we didn’t pay rent so we just came to expect it,” Shane Wallace said. “We also thought she would have died by now and we’d inherit the house.”
Mrs. Nickels has a different perspective. “They can go to hell if they think they are getting my house or my money. My estate is willed to charity and these free-loaders can beat it.”
“I should have made them start paying rent a long time ago,” Mrs. Nickels said.
As for the Wallace’s, they plan on remaining in the house come Monday and are defiant they are owed compensation.
“We have nowhere to go, even if we wanted to,” Shane Wallace stated. “We have no money. We’ve had the rug pulled out from us. Even if they try to force us we won’t leave unless we get a quarter of a million dollars and another free place to live.”
Sympathy for the evicted Wallaces is pouring into their GoFundMe page with over $10,000.00 raised in 24 hours. Many are supporting them by attacking the uncaring grandmother on social media calling her out for demanding rent.
“I don’t care what they cry about,” Mrs. Nickels offered. “After 20 years they should be able to afford to buy their own home.”
According to Facebook comments, it would seem public opinion favours the Wallace’s opinion they are entitled to more free-living and they are not responsible for squandering their money while living rent free.
“We just lived like anyone else would in our situation,” Shane Wallace said. “We didn’t have to pay rent so we used the money to have fun, party and travel. Nobody saves at our age.”
Police are anticipating a potential physical and violent eviction and have stationed a tactical squad at the Portage detachment in case they are needed.
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