Skip to comments.Wrong house gets demolished by Texas contractor
Posted on 07/21/2013 8:43:51 AM PDT by rickmichaels
A Texas couple came home from vacation this week to find an empty lot where their house once stood.
A contractor in Fort Worth, Texas, sent to demolish the condemned house next door instead mistakenly destroyed David Underwood's home, which had been in his family for decades.
The contractor mistook the house for the condemned one because it was vacant with no electricity. Underwood and his wife had just purchased his grandmother's old house from his aunt and planned to move in after some renovations.
They discovered their future home was gone when they dropped by to mow the lawn Saturday after returning from holidays.
The house next door, which was supposed to have been demolished, was still standing.
"I can literally remember sitting on the counter when I was a little kid, and my grandmother would cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever," Underwood told the Star-Telegram newspaper.
The city says it's investigating the error.
Just wondering how many people are going have the wrong leg cut off once Obama is in charge of health care.
“Just wondering how many people are going have the wrong leg cut off once Obama is in charge of health care.”
Actually, that happened in the Tampa Veteran’s hospital several years ago. Note once, but twice. My Dad knew one of the men. Now, they write on your body what is to be done while you’re awake. (But, still...damn!)
Was that a serious question? Because while I oppose ObamaCare I hope you realize that Obama's not actually taking over the healthcare system. Instead, the Exchanges and purchase requirements are going to lead to an increase in federal involvement with health care, but that will be gradually over decades -- certainly nothing that happens by the end of Obama's term.
Underwood better be preying the contractor was insured. With the number of illegal aliens running amuck in America, there is a good chance he's not.
When my late wife went in for knee surgery I wrote on one with a magic marker, not here.
You realize the murmurings emanating from the left are that ObamaCare is a train wreck and the answer is single payer, which for all intents and purposes is socialized medicine.
I did that too, and the surgeon wrote a funny note in response. Afterward, he mentioned that notes are a good idea (totally unnecessary at Johns Hopkins, in his opinion, but useful in many other places).
So give him the house next door.
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Empty and not lived in evidently per the story.... And it was bought from granny’s estate. Was their house but not moved into yet. Urbanflage per se....:o)
Tiger’s finished. This was his for the taking. He won’t catch Jack.
And the judge would dismiss the lawsuit, saying that the plaintiff didn’t have a leg to stand on.
“And the judge would dismiss the lawsuit, saying that the plaintiff didnt have a leg to stand on.”
Actually, I think they both died shortly after.
You really haven’t a clue ,do you?
I’ve seen some quite ordinary looking homes and even some expensive homes in good condition demolished to make way for a road,a mall, or the new property owner wants to build a McMansion on combined lots,etc.I watched a fellow working for two years to renovate an old stately brick home ,and then suddenly one weekend it was turned into a pile of rubble with the giant loader left parked on the pile. Why?
One of my distant neighbors twice waited until a weekend and then completely demolished two historical structures(historical to the community but apparently not “protected”).Another fellow did the same thing with his building in town.Now there the then mayor and preservation board viciously hounded the man for not getting permission , until he died of a heart attack.
Demolishing the wrong house or other building ,just like police SWAT teams raiding the wrong house are the work of SLOPPY,LAZY,DUMASSES who don’t bother to check and doublecheck before taking an irreversible action.
Nor are buildings salvaged as a matter of routine;instead ,once the electric,gas,and water are shut off curbside, a tracked loader typically smashes the building and loads the debris into large dump trucks.
Well, what is coming fast is a vast downgrading of the medical personnel who will provide your care from MDs to NPs, and various paraprofessionals. Along with that will be major restrictions on access to health care so you will be in more serious condition by the time you are seen.
I just hate it when that happens.
Did the contractor demolish the wrong house or did the city order the wrong house demolished?
Sad. I hope the Doc is unemployed.
... and don't forget to write the words THIS END UP on your forehead.
At least they didn’t raid the wrong house then demolish it with the occupants still in it.
I hope you wrote on the correct one!
Sometimes the house slated for demolition looks good but has irreparable foundation problems.
They did that to me at the VA hospital when I had my triple bypass. After they wrote, "Triple Bypass" in magic marker, I had them write another line under that, "Please return heart to previous position when finished".... just kidding!
Reminds me of a story from France last year:
“Authorities have launched an investigation after an 18th-century French chateau was demolished, apparently by mistake.
“The 13,000-square-metre Château de Bellevue was located among the famous vineyards of Bordeaux and was due to be renovated to its former glory, but instead it was bulldozed by a Polish building firm.
“Workmen were only supposed to demolish a separate small building on the grounds of the estate, but that remains standing.”
MMMM...Minority contractor, perhaps?
Imagine superior technology.
Then imagine Vogons.
Authorities have launched an investigation after an 18th-century French chateau was demolished, apparently by mistake.
The 13,000-square-metre Château de Bellevue was located among the famous vineyards of Bordeaux and was due to be renovated to its former glory, but instead it was bulldozed by a Polish building firm.
Workmen were only supposed to demolish a separate small building on the grounds of the estate, but that remains standing.
Now that’s a “French Mistake.”
Lots of rapid Espanol bickering going on in the background. Mucho “no intendo” can be heard.
Lots of disclaimer doc signing noting and verbal saying “correct” place for surgery AND surgeon marking with magicMarker now days.
That's nice, but irrelevant. Single payer healthcare would need to get passed by Congress, and while I don't have a whole lot of faith in McConnell and Boehner, I believe they just might stop that.
I think you're wrong on both fronts.
1) Whether your care is provided by an MD or an NP is to a large extent a question of scope of practice, which is determined on the state level, not by anybody affiliated with ObamaCare.
2) There may eventually have to be "major restrictions on access to healthcare" if healthcare utilization rates go way up and the number of providers does not, HOWEVER as I said earlier that's a long way off -- and not something that is either provided for in ObamaCare directly or something likely to occur during Obama's term of office. That's a long term potential problem, not an immediate threat.
I remember looking out my window one morning and remarking to my husband about what a coincidence it was that our neighbours were getting their siding removed the same day ours was scheduled for replacement.
They are going to enjoy their brand new house much more than the old one.
It’s hardly irrelevant. The entire aim of ObamaCare is a takeover of the health care, a la NHS. ObamaCare is simply a midpoint. As P.J. O’Rourke said, socialism is communism by the glass. ObamaCare in its present form was never intended as the Endlösung, just as close as they could get away with.
they write on your body
When I had knee surgery some years ago in Mass- I had to mark which knee and put my surgeon’s initials on as well, before I had any anesthetic.
The owners story about mowing and moving in is a subterfuge to increase the take from the coming law suit.