Contractor knocks down wrong house

 

Contractor crew, using coordinates from a GPS, demolished a 60-year-old home in Georgia, but it was the wrong house.
Video:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/354589/contractor_kno...

What???

You've got to be kidding me! I liken that to news reports of people driving on train tracks or off of cliffs "because of their GPS units."
Please tell me contractors have more to their checklists than just a set of GPS coordinates when there is more than one residence within a square mile.
They should be held accountable and pay for all damages for this negligence IMO.

That is crazy, you just

That is crazy, you just can't replace something like that. There was sentimental value there.

Miss POI

Has happened with street address also

chewbacca wrote:

Contractor crew, using coordinates from a GPS, demolished a 60-year-old home in Georgia, but it was the wrong house.
Video:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/354589/contractor_knocks_down_wrong_house.html?cat=64

I can't reference it but I know I've read of it happening with wrong street addresses also.

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Wrong House

Won't be the first time a business goes bankrupt over a large stupidity.

They ought to be made an example for the industry as a whole.

Fred

crazy

This is insane! You would think that he would have some kind of other documentation or something other than "coordinates".

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Just goes to show how many

Just goes to show how many stupid people there are in this world.

Wrong House

Prior to surgery in hospitals, the part to be removed is marked. The reason for this is that the wrong kidney, arm, etc HAVE been removed through error.

At least they didn't knock it down while people were inside or am I being presumptive about this event?

Fred

Wow

You have feel real sorry for that guy, his whole life was hauled away in a few dump trucks. I sure hope the judge that hears this case has throws the wrecking ball at the defendant.

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I live in Atlanta and have

I live in Atlanta and have seen the first hand news reports. Apparently the company who owns the property that was SUPPOSED to be demo'ed sent a bunch of pictures to the demo contractor as well as a property description, parcel, etc. The contractor has been unavailable for comment as of yesterday.

They'll Settle

BobDee wrote:

You have feel real sorry for that guy, his whole life was hauled away in a few dump trucks. I sure hope the judge that hears this case has throws the wrecking ball at the defendant.

This will never make it to a judge and jury. I know that you can't put a price on this guy's loss, but the settlement price will be a lot cheaper than the price the jury will assign. What a horrible thing to happen to the guy. I hope the company responsible steps up in the right way.

Good News?

Perhaps the only piece of good news is when the suit is settled the new house will be fully to current code and fully furnished with "new things". I suspect there will be a sizable settlement for contents/hierlooms but what price history?

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At least he wasn't living there.

From the story he says he wasn't living there. I guess that's good. He must not have been TOO worried about the contents though. Hope he has good insurance and an even better attorney.

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Coordinates

Unless someone took them using a GPS, from my experience, the coordinates from a website can be two or three houses off

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Mark it first

I would suggest spray painting the words. Demolish This House on the front.

It reminds me of some of my patients getting surgery on the right knee will write with a magic marker "Wrong Knee" on their left knee.

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Probably forgot to turn WAAS on.

The house they were supposed to demolish is across the street.

Recalculating lol

Recalculating lol

Talk about Mistakes

This was a horrible mistake that destroyed part of a family's life history. There is no doubt that the demolition company will have to pay, but what kind of price can you put on family heirlooms?

Wow

That's a story I would expect to see on The Onion website! Terrible mistake.

This is eerily similar to the medical mistake stories that occur all too often - wrong dosage of medicine given to people (Dennis Quaid's kids for example, amputation of the wrong limb, etc.).

I once had a dentist get to work on the wrong side of my mouth in prep for drilling - had to get the other side shot up and I ended up with a face full of Novocaine!

Wow

Oops!

get it right the first time

brentrn wrote:

I would suggest spray painting the words. Demolish This House on the front.

It reminds me of some of my patients getting surgery on the right knee will write with a magic marker "Wrong Knee" on their left knee.

I had a relative do this. Can't be too careful.

great

Gotta love it...

Unbelievable!

This makes you wonder what you might feel if you come home to find your home totally demolished including lifelong possessions that are irreplaceable. This is the stuff of which nightmares are made.

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DOH!!!!! lol

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It depends on how the owner really feels

...about the lost value that you can't put an amount on. How can you settle something like this. The amount isn't close to the sentimental value. Stuff happens. Why me Lord.

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Not the first time

This was happening years ago, before GPSs.
With wrong addresses.
I work in the construction industry and I remember to always double check a demo project before starting.
Pool contractors also from time to time dig a hole in the wrong backyard.
In my wildest dreams I do not know how people can be so stupid.
Unfortunately, depending on the size of the company, they might not have enough liability insurance or might BK, leaving the poor homeowner with little or nothing to rebuilt their dreams.

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Can't be too careful

chewbacca wrote:

Contractor crew, using coordinates from a GPS, demolished a 60-year-old home in Georgia, but it was the wrong house.
Video:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/354589/contractor_knocks_down_wrong_house.html?cat=64

you would think the demolition crew would check to make sure they were tearing down the right house. What a shame.

GPS errors

For me it is another version of old saying: "it's not my fault, they made me do it".
Having device supporting your work doesn't gives you vacation from using your brain. GPS as any other electronic device is only for support, and it is operator responsibility to check accuracy of reading getting from unit. And as in cases when somebody is landing in river or driving off cliff there is no excuse for people idiocy.
Sadly, in our times there is culture of people blaming everybody and everything around for their own recklessness an stupidity.

Amazing..

I missed this post the first time around. That's horrible. As this question was posed earlier in this thread, how can people be that stupid?

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Matt

Blame the GPS

Your honor, this was the house the GOS told us to demo!

stupid and terrible

stupid and terrible mistake!!!