Homeowner gets free concrete driveway after a colossal mix-up of the contractor

Friends, we all have good days and bad. Sometimes these bad days can be really bad, and occasionally the good days can be really good. This life story from Reddit brings both extremes together in a single event that, as far as we can tell, has a happy ending. At least it is happy for a person. As for the other, let’s just say it could have been worse.

That’s the deal. Reddit user Purple-Circle is from Western Australia and recently came home to find a construction team to put the finishing touches to a freshly poured concrete belt. In fact, it was a brand new concrete driveway that once had a simple gravel road. There was just one big problem. Purple-Circle has not hired anyone for a new driveway. It seems that the crew opened a business and had to work in the wrong house. Yeah, that’s a big oops.

Purple-Circle was kind enough to share a picture of the driveway (at the top of the article) with us, and more are available on the Reddit thread. According to this thread, there appears to be a house that looked very similar a few blocks away and an honest mistake was made. It was also an expensive mistake as the person who actually requested a driveway was presented with an offer of A $ 8,000 (about $ 6,200). The Reddit user was on the job for about 10 hours so the crew didn’t waste time getting the project done. And we were told it was a quality job too.

By now, you’re probably wondering about payments, liability, and all those nasty things. According to the thread, the company didn’t push Purple-Circle to pay, especially after reaching out to a lawyer about the unexpected project. In fact, the legal advice was not to even offer a token payment or tip, as this could be construed as accepting the job and holding liable for full payment. In addition, despite good intentions, the construction company could technically be sued for trespassing and property damage.

In the end, the construction company paid for it while they were learning a lesson about checking addresses, and the homeowner enjoyed parking on a solid surface. Also a case of beer between the parties may or may not have been involved.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all crazy situations ended in such a diplomatic and friendly way?

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