This Man Tricked Construction Workers, Got His Neighbor's House Destroyed

One man in Michigan pulls the old "address switcheroo"

Like millions of other Americans across the country, a man in Pontiac, Michigan woke up on Friday to find that his house was still standing. Unlike millions of other Americans across the country, that man’s house was slated to be demolished last Thursday, but was spared when, in a last-ditch to save his abode, he changed the address number given to the wrecking crew.

Shockingly the plan worked (for awhile), and the house next door to the man was demolished instead. After the mistake became evident (i.e. when the man who owned the now destroyed-for-no-reason home found out) the construction crew returned and demolished the correct house. Below is a dramatized version of the events:

But what about the man whose house was destroyed for no reason? Neighbors say the home was an eyesore and that no one had inhabited it for some time. Still the owner says he was ready to start renting out the property on Oct. 1, and wonders if the city of Pontiac now owes him a house. The neighbors, however, were thrilled that the place was torn down, and find it hard to believe it was inhabitable or that the man truly had found someone to rent the home. Said one neighbor, “If anybody was going to rent that out, it had to be a crack head.”

No word yet on what the city of Pontiac will do about the mistake, or what charges may be leveled against the address-changer.

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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