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(CBS Dallas/Ft. Worth)   City of Fort Worth contractor demolishes the wrong house ... for second time in two days   (dfw.cbslocal.com) divider line 33
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2013-08-24 09:06:53 PM
I hope that house doesn't get demolished a third time this week.
 
2013-08-24 10:01:29 PM
Seems like someone is in the wrong line of work.
 
2013-08-24 11:31:07 PM
Oops

/Texas state motto
 
2013-08-24 11:35:03 PM
The city had better pay to have the home rebuilt and handsomely for the contents, if he homeowner has to look to his insurance and face the sky-high premiums that result from actually making a claim there is no justice.
 
2013-08-24 11:40:45 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Oops

/Texas state motto


OK, +10

/From Fort Worth.
 
2013-08-24 11:45:04 PM
Third time's a charm.
 
2013-08-24 11:48:08 PM
Considering 'small government' libertarian Republicans are the force in charge in Fort Worth, this shouldn't be a surprise.
 
2013-08-24 11:51:29 PM

clancifer: Considering 'small government' libertarian Republicans are the force in charge in Fort Worth, this shouldn't be a surprise.


Betsy is a Tea Partier

/I bet she cashes every one of those county retirement checks, though
 
2013-08-24 11:52:17 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The city had better pay to have the home rebuilt and handsomely for the contents, if he homeowner has to look to his insurance and face the sky-high premiums that result from actually making a claim there is no justice.


Nah. It's bootstrap time
 
2013-08-25 12:34:44 AM
Sometimes that is the easiest way to get rid of an employee. Give them bad info and see if he is paying attention.
 
2013-08-25 12:38:52 AM
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I don't see what the fuss is all about. The plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.
 
2013-08-25 01:29:20 AM

WelldeadLink: I hope that house doesn't get demolished a third time this week.


+1
 
2013-08-25 01:32:01 AM

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I don't see what the fuss is all about. The plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.


There's no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ... What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven's sake, it's only four light years away, you know. I'm sorry, but if you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout.
 
2013-08-25 01:32:24 AM

Peter von Nostrand: clancifer: Considering 'small government' libertarian Republicans are the force in charge in Fort Worth, this shouldn't be a surprise.

Betsy is a Tea Partier

/I bet she cashes every one of those county retirement checks, though


Hey, what better way to prove the government never does anything right?
 
2013-08-25 01:37:30 AM
we built that fence on the wrong side of texas.
 
2013-08-25 01:40:15 AM

TuteTibiImperes: The city had better pay to have the home rebuilt and handsomely for the contents, if he homeowner has to look to his insurance and face the sky-high premiums that result from actually making a claim there is no justice.


There is no justice. There is just us.  'us' being those in the government and the legal system. Homeowners will have to get lawyers eventually settle for a fraction of their loss then the lawyers get half of that.
 
2013-08-25 01:46:13 AM
It was the same contractor with the same code supervisor in charge and the same code supervisor on site.  That said, in both instances there were honest mistakes made.

I think I see the problem.
 
2013-08-25 01:52:49 AM
Oh god I can't stop laughing at this article. Some insurance adjusters are going to have a shiatty day on Monday.
 
2013-08-25 02:03:56 AM
The derps in the comments are blaming the mean city instead of the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS
 
2013-08-25 02:11:01 AM
My travels have taught me that if there is any possibility of ambiguity leading to contractor error, said contractor will invariably make the wrong assumption with uncanny speed and determination. Every. Single. Time. And those code guys need to be fired.
 
2013-08-25 02:35:24 AM
Same crew; with the same supervisor, on the same week....

Either somebody can't read good or this is intentional.
 
2013-08-25 02:40:50 AM
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but I can't drink in pubs
 
2013-08-25 02:47:41 AM

iheartscotch: Same crew; with the same supervisor, on the same week....

Either somebody can't read good or this is intentional.


I'm not sure total apathy counts as intentional.  The real problem is liability.  Sure, some contractor might get fired, but he will be doing the same work again in no time.  Do you know what the demand is for that kind of skill set?

No one else will be punished.  The funds for replacing the property will not come from someone's salary, they will come out of public coffers.  Soon this will all be forgotten, and eventually it will happen again.  After all, why would anyone take steps to prevent this from happening when it makes no difference if it happens?
 
2013-08-25 02:53:24 AM
Fire  the idiot or idiots who screwed up both times.

Then fix it so it harder to screw up.
 
2013-08-25 02:55:31 AM

Great Justice: iheartscotch: Same crew; with the same supervisor, on the same week....

Either somebody can't read good or this is intentional.

I'm not sure total apathy counts as intentional.  The real problem is liability.  Sure, some contractor might get fired, but he will be doing the same work again in no time.  Do you know what the demand is for that kind of skill set?

No one else will be punished.  The funds for replacing the property will not come from someone's salary, they will come out of public coffers.  Soon this will all be forgotten, and eventually it will happen again.  After all, why would anyone take steps to prevent this from happening when it makes no difference if it happens?


I'm sure plenty of people are going to get their ass chewed out about this, and likely face formal reprimands if not fired outright.

Plus, I believe that most people do genuinely care about doing their jobs well, and take pride in their work.  The threat of termination for making a mistake isn't necessary to insure that people will try to do a good job.
 
2013-08-25 02:55:36 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: The derps in the comments are blaming the mean city instead of the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS


It's all "teh libruls" and "jus wait fer 0bamacare" derp.  That's it.  Stop the planet.  I want off.
 
2013-08-25 02:55:37 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: The derps in the comments are blaming the mean city instead of the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS


Kind of a muddy area, but it would be pretty cut and dry if the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS were being contracted out by the people who owned the property.  If they were doing the work on behalf of the city, it's not so easy.
 
2013-08-25 03:00:15 AM
Tourney3p0:  Kind of a muddy area, but it would be pretty cut and dry if the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS were being contracted out by the people who owned the property.  If they were doing the work on behalf of the city, it's not so easy.

Never mind.  FTA: At Lagonda the contractor took it a step too far, at Watercress we had a city staffer inappropriately mark the house.
 
2013-08-25 03:04:18 AM

Arumat: drjekel_mrhyde: The derps in the comments are blaming the mean city instead of the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

It's all "teh libruls" and "jus wait fer 0bamacare" derp.  That's it.  Stop the planet.  I want off.


According to the report the first incident should rest fully on the contractors - the demolition order was for the main structure, and they took it upon themselves to destroy the guest house as well.

The second incident is fuzzier - according to the article the city's code enforcement department provided the wrong address to be demolished.  That would conceivably put the blame on the city, but you'd think an experienced demolition crew would be able to tell the difference between a house someone was living in and a dilapidated property in need of destruction.  If nothing else the contractors were at least complicit for not investigating further and confirming the details.
 
2013-08-25 03:16:33 AM
With that record, contractor has a long and highly lucrative career ahead of him in federal contract work.
 
2013-08-25 03:34:44 AM
As a rule, people, when a 1%er asks if your house is for sale, the correct answer is always yes.


/because eminent domain takes too long
//or is it imminent
///immanent?
 
2013-08-25 03:35:17 AM

WelldeadLink: I hope that house doesn't get demolished a third time this week.


They must've had a great engineer to rebuild it that fast.
 
2013-08-25 10:47:22 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Great Justice: iheartscotch: Same crew; with the same supervisor, on the same week....

Either somebody can't read good or this is intentional.

I'm not sure total apathy counts as intentional.  The real problem is liability.  Sure, some contractor might get fired, but he will be doing the same work again in no time.  Do you know what the demand is for that kind of skill set?

No one else will be punished.  The funds for replacing the property will not come from someone's salary, they will come out of public coffers.  Soon this will all be forgotten, and eventually it will happen again.  After all, why would anyone take steps to prevent this from happening when it makes no difference if it happens?

I'm sure plenty of people are going to get their ass chewed out about this, and likely face formal reprimands if not fired outright.

Plus, I believe that most people do genuinely care about doing their jobs well, and take pride in their work.  The threat of termination for making a mistake isn't necessary to insure that people will try to do a good job.


Then why did they make a mistake, accept their reprimands, and make the same exact mistake two days later?  This is the result of cronyism and nepotism - people who are connected tend to cover for each other.  There might be some additional reprimands in this case, because it happened twice, but there were no steps taken after the first incident to prevent future incidents from occurring, otherwise it wouldn't have happened again!  They made a mistake, and went right back to business as usual.

It is a tricky issue, I'll admit: if you fire people for mistakes, you won't find quality people for the positions because they want better job security.  If you fine them, they will suffer financial hardship which will inevitably interfere with their job performance.  My solution?  Sentence them to community service.  A few hours picking up garbage on their weekends will do them good.
 
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