09/10/2013 01:59 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2013

Wrong House Demolished In Michigan After Man Allegedly Switched Home Numbers

We can't believe this worked.

A Michigan man whose house was going to be demolished is accused of having swapped his house numbers with a neighbor's, leading the demolition company to bulldoze the wrong house, according to local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV.

But the real kicker is this: Neighbors are actually happy about it, saying the house that was wrongfully destroyed on Thursday in the town of Pontiac was a dilapidated eyesore.

"I wanted to give [the demolition crew] a 12-pack of beer," one neighbor told the local station. "I was that happy."

The Detroit area, unfortunately, is no stranger to wrong-house demolitions. A dozen homes were accidentally demolished in the winter of 2012 after a mistake was made by the Land Bank Fast Track Authority, which had knocked down the houses as part of a program to reduce blight near city schools, AOL Real Estate reported in January.

Similarly, in 2008, local Fox affiliate WJBK-TV reported on the story of Susan Calloway, a Detroit woman whose home was wrongfully destroyed by a demolition company. Calloway's neighbors said they'd been calling the city for months to tear down a nearby abandoned house, which was home to a number of homeless people, WJBK said.

Watch the full WXYZ-TV report in the video above.

(hat tip Consumerist)



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