Two teenagers who approached a Midland's pensioner to offer to rake the leaves on her front lawn raked the leaves on her front lawn.
Then they crossed the street and raked the leaves on another pensioner's lawn.
Mildred Wilson (78) said she was initially terrified when the two youths, who had been loitering on the street corner, knocked on her door and asked if they could help by raking the leaves on her front lawn.
'I was ready to press my panic button before they mugged and raped me,' Mrs Wilson recalls. 'I thought, what are the buggers up to with all their talk about autumn leaves and rakes and front lawns. I was in a panic until I realized they were just offering to rake the leaves on my front lawn.'
Mrs Wilson said she watched the teenagers, who were from a local school, raking the leaves on her lawn from behind her curtains. 'I can honestly say that I didn't see them get up to anything else except raking the leaves. When they'd gone across the street to rake the leaves on Mrs Simcox's front lawn, I checked but my life savings were still in the vase behind the television. I couldn't understand it.'
Mrs Wilson agreed that in future she might be a little less suspicious of teenagers who knock on her door offering to rake the leaves on her front lawn.
'I'd let them rake the leaves on my front lawn again,' she says. 'Only I hope next time when they've done raking the leaves they hang my rake up properly on the back door of the garden shed.'