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WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Blame it on the GPS

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Exteriors

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Published on June 17, 2009 with No Comments

One minute your childhood home is there. The next minute, it’s gone. So are family heirlooms and other personal items. Why? Faulty GPS coordinates.

For Al Byrd, owner of the house, this mishap by Southern Environmental Services of Marietta, GA was unforgivable. And while the house was unoccupied, there was absolutely no reason to justify the demolition. The company had no address but claims it had all of its paperwork in order based on GPS coordinates.

For anyone who has ended up in the wrong place based on faulty GPS instructions, well, it’s not too hard to imagine such an incident. But to base something as conclusive as a house demolition on GPS coordinates, well, that does seem to rate more than just an apology from the company.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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