Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
alert-–-atlanta-woman-returns-home-from-vacation-to-find-her-home-mistakenly-demolished-by-construction-worker-who-told-her-to-‘mind-her-own-business’-when-she-complainedAlert – Atlanta woman returns home from vacation to find her home mistakenly DEMOLISHED by construction worker who told her to ‘mind her own business’ when she complained

An Atlanta woman was stunned to return home from vacation to find that her home had been mistakenly demolished by a construction worker who told her neighbors to ‘mind their own business.’

Susan Hodgson, 60, said that she found a mound of rubble in place of what used to be her longtime family property on Lakewood Avenue last month. 

The entire property in the Atlanta suburb had been ripped to the ground – because the contractor had arrived at the wrong address. 

‘I am furious,’ Hodgson said. ‘I keep waking up thinking, is this all a joke or something? I’m just in shock.’

She said a neighbor called her while she was away and asked if someone had been hired to tear down the vacant house.

Susan Hodgson, 60, said that she found a mound of rubble in place of what used to be her longtime family property on Lakewood Avenue last month

The entire property had been ripped to the ground – because the contractor had arrived at the wrong address

‘I said no and she said, “Well, there´s someone over here who just demolished the whole house and tore it all down,”‘ Hodgson recalled.

When the neighbor confronted them, Hodgson said, the workers got nasty.

‘He told her to shut up and mind her own business,’ Hodgson said.

She sent a family member over to see what was going on and who asked to see a permit. When a person in charge at the site checked his permit, Hodgson said he admitted he was at the wrong address.

‘It´s been boarded up about 15 years, and we keep it boarded, covered, grass cut, and the yard is clean,’ she said. ‘The taxes are paid and everything is up on it.’

The home (pictured left) was brought tumbling down by the contractors – who still have not spoken to the homeowner 

Hodgson said she´s filed a report with police and has talked with lawyers but that they remain uncertain so far.

‘We´re still in this process of figuring out what to do,’ she said. ‘We keep pressing in different directions to see if something is going to happen.’

To this day, she said the Atlanta-based company responsible, You Call It We Haul It, has yet to contact her.

‘How do people just go up and tear somebody´s property down and then just drive off?’ Hodgson said. ‘How can they think that´s OK? I just wish he would come fix the problem that he caused.

‘It´s just hard to believe someone thinks they have the right to just come and tear something up and walk away from it and didn´t come back and say `I´m sorry. What do I need to do to fix this? It was an accident.´ They didn´t give me nothing.’

In a statement to WAGA-TV, the company said it is investigating and working to resolve the mishap.

Hodgson was also concerned that the demolition may have hit a gas or water pipe, which could cause more problems.  

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