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    Update: A broken refrigerator and the store that took too long to make things right

    Jonathan Wiggs/globe staff
    Fran and John Carleton were photographed in their kitchen in Canton — without their troublesome refrigerator.

    Sears last week quickly refunded the $630 Fran Carleton paid to have her refrigerator fixed, even though it could not be repaired. In last week’s column, I detailed how Sears claimed it needed the replacement parts returned before it would consider a refund. Those parts, however, were long gone by the time Sears asked for them back, because Carleton had bought a new refrigerator.

    Carleton, 79, of Canton, later wrote that she hoped the column would inspire other consumers to have “the hope and the guts” to demand fair treatment.

    I like her style.

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