Followed GPS - Wrong House Demolished
“I said, ‘What address did you have?’ and he said, ‘They sent me some GPS coordinates.’ I said, ‘Don’t you have an address?’ (and) he said, ‘Yes, my GPS coordinates led me right to this address here and this house was described,’” said Byrd.
In a lot of cases GPS has caused people to end up at the wrong address, or in some extreme cases even to drive off the road. Only a few days ago too much trust in GPS led to an even more extreme error: a company sent their workers to demolish a house not providing them with the address but only with GPS coordinates, and the workers ended up demolishing the wrong house.
“You can’t imagine. It’s just incredulous that something like this can happen and no one contact the owner,” said Byrd. Byrd grew up in the home with his nine brothers and sisters. It’s a three bedroom house on a little road bearing his family’s name. “We were taught that you could do anything that you wanted to do as long as you were willing to work hard and pay the price,” said Byrd. Byrd’s cousin shot video Monday of a bulldozer in the yard of the house with dumpsters loaded with rubble. The demolition company said it had paperwork. “I said, ‘Paperwork for what?’ and he said, ‘For the house, to demolish the house.’ I said, ‘I’m the owner of the house, I haven’t given anybody any authority to demolish this house,’” said Byrd.
So far there has been no official statement about the incident from the demolition company.