Non-IT WTF: wrong home demolished



  • @wxpi said:

    PITTSBURGH -- A man's West End home has been leveled after city officials said a contractor mistakenly demolished it, along with a neighboring house.

    The story is a bit weird-ish (so... it was condemned? and what you did was repair windows and doors?) but apparently this happens all the time. In fact, it even happens in more civilized countries.

    I guess if the house across the street is condemned and your house needs patching up, DO IT.



  • @b-redeker said:

    In fact, it even happens in more civilized countries.
     

    More civilized than Pittsburgh?



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @b-redeker said:

    In fact, it even happens in more civilized countries.
     

    More civilized than Pittsburgh?

    OK, that's a tautology.



  • @b-redeker said:

    Pittsburgh is a country?

    Cleveland is.



  • Or you could just stick a sign in the ground saying "don't destroy". And ensure that the sign stays intact and fully readable.



  • Every year in September the old Young regime in Detroit would start the yearly show of cleaning up condemned houses. Part of it was to stop the news from reporting so many arson fires on Devils Night, the other part was the impending elections.

    And every week in that period, at least one poor homeowner would have his non-condemned house bulldozed while he was at work.

    I guess the insurance deductable was cheaper than hiring city workers that could tell '2102' from '2103' or '21103'. 



  • @henke37 said:

    Or you could just stick a sign in the ground saying "don't destroy". And ensure that the sign stays intact and fully readable.

    The legal settlement might actually be worth more than your run-down house.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @henke37 said:
    Or you could just stick a sign in the ground saying "don't destroy". And ensure that the sign stays intact and fully readable.

    The legal settlement might actually be worth more than your run-down house.

    No kidding. A coworker of mine who lived Windsor Ontario (the canadian city just south of detroit) had relatives in Detroit. They gave multiple houses up. As in, "This area is now too dangerous.. we gotta move and no-one will buy this house." So they just turn it over to the city.

    Having your house bulldozed and getting paid for it would be a huge step up from that.


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