A woman is mulling the next step to take after a company mistakenly demolished a home she owned in Atlanta.
Susan Hodgson said in an interview with the Associated Press that she found a pile of rubble in place of what used to be her long-time family property when she returned from holiday last month.
“I am furious,” she said. “I keep waking up thinking, ‘Is this all a joke or something?’. I’m just in shock.”
She said a neighbour called her while she was away, and asked if someone had been hired to tear down the vacant house.
“I said ‘no’ and she said, ‘Well there’s someone over here who just demolished the whole house and tore the entire house down’,” Hodgson said.
When the neighbour confronted the workers, Hodgson said she was told to “shut up and mind her own business”.
So 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. The taxes are paid and everything is up on it,” she said.
Hodgson said she has filed a report with police and has talked with lawyers but they remain in limbo 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.
“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.”
The company did not immediately return a request for comment by AP.
In a statement to WAGA-TV, the company said it is investigating and working to resolve the mishap.
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