Michigan City Demolished Building After Sending Notices to Wrong Address

“it's not my fault that buttle's heart condition didn't appear on tuttle's file!”Embassy International PicturesBut it’s only a bureaucratic error, you can imagine David Frum muttering to himself. Via MLive.com:

Ming Kuo Yang and Julie Yang say they were never notified that their building would be torn down.

“Ultimately, after a year of correspondence erroneously addressed to ‘Mr. Gordon Joseph’ and sent to the property, (the city) discovered through a simple title search that the Repair/Demolish Notices were incorrectly mailed to the wrong person and wrong address,” attorney Gaetan Gerville-Reache wrote in the lawsuit.

City attorney Jack Sluiter responded: “Due to a software error, several notices were sent to the wrong party. However the city subsequently conducted a title search and sent the proper notices to (the Yangs). The city also sent notices to the realtor who had the property for sale and received no reply.”

He said that the issue also went before the Housing Board of Appeals for a public hearing. Notices were sent by regular mail and certified mail, he said. The regular mail was not returned, while no one picked up the certified mail.

The city demolished the Wyoming, Michigan building, which formery housed a restaurant, after declaring it abandoned, claiming it was not in use and in poor condition due to deterioration and vandalism. The city is seeking $22,500 from the Yangs, $15,000 for the demolition and the remainder for administrative costs. The Yangs contend the building was worth $100,000 and their lawyer argues the fact the certified mail was never picked up should’ve clued in city officials that the Yangs were unaware of the demolition proceedings.

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  • ||

    I like how the bureaucrats got the wrong address for the notice but the right address for the billing.

  • Paul.||

    Ugh, if you're not first, you're last!

  • Juice||

    Courts will send a hearing notice to the wrong address, but seem to know the correct address when they go to arrest the defendant.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It wasn't really the Yangs' property in the first place. Like everything, it's the government's property. They were just lucky they were allowed to "own" it intact for this long.

  • Andrew S.||

    Was all ready to make the "Brazil" joke, but you made it first. Harumpf.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Was that Buttle or Tuttle?

  • R C Dean||

    The city is seeking $22,500 from the Yangs, $15,000 for the demolished and the remainder for administrative costs.

    So that joke about billing the condemned man's family for the bullet isn't really a joke at all, is it?

  • Goldwin Smith||

    Supposedly the Nazis did send Erich Maria Remarque a bill for his sister's execution.

  • Sevo||

    Are you sure your name isn't Godwin Smith?

  • Paul.||

    When they come for their money, you can fuck well bet your ass they'll get the right address.

  • Almanian!||

    There's nothing funny about any of this. Or am I missing something? Cause usually there's SOMETHING funny.

    Nope - not even getting a little smirk out of this one. Shit

  • Paul.||

    FYTW. Next story.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    GOD DAMN MONGORIANS!

  • daveInAustin||

    The same thing happened last month in Texas.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    and nothing else happened

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    The city must have been using the same government GPS as the SWAT team.

    And do not use Yang worship words.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Well, I guess it's not as bad as being mailed the wrong court date and having your wife and child shot and killed as a result, even though they knew it was the wrong date they sent you.

  • Xenocles||

    Nothing about Vogons yet? Although at least they got the right planet.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    First thing I thought of.

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