Crews demolish wrong house after Michigan man swaps numbers for next door
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 08:07 EST, 7 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 EST, 7 September 2013
A man in Michigan whose house was set to be torn down outsmarted demolition crews by switching address numbers with the house next door.
It's not clear why his house was being forcibly demolished, but his plan to save his home initially worked.
When demolition crews arrived Thursday, they tore down his neighbor Mike's home instead.
The old switcheroo: A man in Michigan switched his address numbers with the house next door in an attempt to save his home from being demolished
Unfortunately for Mike, he planned to rent his home out October 1. He spoke with WXYZ, wondering whether the city of Pontiac owes him a new house.
But Mike's neighbors don't believe the city owes him anything and are happy his home was accidentally demolished.
They said the house that was initially torn down was an eyesore with broken windows and doors and that squatters were living in it.
'When I heard they tore down the house on accident I wanted to give them a twelve pack of beer,' neighbor Fred Sargent told WXYZ. 'I was that happy.'
Good riddance: Neighbors were actually happy with the outcome as the home that was accidentally torn down was an eyesore which attracted squatters
Ruins: The owner of the the home that was accidentally torn down is looking into whether the city of Pontiac owes him a new home
Under investigation: The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the incident
'If anybody was going to rent that out, it had to be a crackhead,' he said.
Demolition crews righted the wrong later that afternoon and tore down the correct house.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the incident.
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