That’s what happened to David Underwood, a resident of Fort Worth — except he didn’t even mess with Texas. He just wasn’t home when a contractor for the city of Fort Worth demolished his house instead of the condemned home next door.
According to Yahoo! News, Underwood and his wife, Valerie, inherited the house from his grandmother and were fixing it up so they could potentially sell it. On the bright side, no need to hire a realtor now; a lawyer might be more appropriate. Either way, my guess is they’re still going to walk away with some cash.
For their part, the city has done a proper job of giving non-response responses to burning questions like “Why didn’t you guys have a picture of which house to raze on site?” and “Seriously, how could you be so stupid?” They’ve also refused to let any government official be interviewed on television, presumably because it’s harder to see someone break into laughter halfway through a statement in print.
A town is only as competent as its constituents, so in order to ascertain just why Fort Worth would demolish the wrong house, Yahoo! News interviewed some of the Underwoods’ neighbors, like Samantha Farmer, who was quoted as saying, “Well, to be honest, all those houses up there have always been kinda junky, so I could see how they’d get it mistaken for the wrong one.”
Clearly, if all the houses look “junky,” then there’d be no reason for the contractors to put themselves through something as grueling as looking for the right address. They’re all the same. Who cares!