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Old 12-05-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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18th-century French chateau bulldozed 'by mistake'

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12...est=latestnews

Damn!

Wow! Just Wow!
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WHOA!

Clearly "measure twice and cut once" doesn't translate into French.
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"The mayor's office in Yvrac said Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up."




How do you win a bid on a project that is basically "Renovate the big house and tear down the small house", and not understand the basic parameters?
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"The mayor's office in Yvrac said Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up."




How do you win a bid on a project that is basically "Renovate the big house and tear down the small house", and not understand the basic parameters?
These are the "French" we're talking about.

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Must have been french contractors who didn't understand the Russian owners instructions.
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Must have been french contractors who didn't understand the Russian owners instructions.
Funny, but it's a possibility.
What if it was lost in translation?
A typo in the contract?
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The owner, a Russian, contracted to a Polish company, the equivalent of your Mexicans.

You get what you paid for ... or not.

In France, a building like this can't be destroyed, they are protected by law.

Now, who is to say, the owner didn't pay the Poles to destroy the house and build a new one, identical, without the inconvenience of the old one.
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The owner, a Russian, contracted to a Polish company, the equivalent of your Mexicans.

You get what you paid for ... or not.

In France, a building like this can't be destroyed, they are protected by law.

Now, who is to say, the owner didn't pay the Poles to destroy the house and build a new one, identical, without the inconvenience of the old one.
That is a real possibility. We had a contractor who had a historic building on a property he bought. There was a clause in the deed that restricted what could be done to the building and it required approvals from the county historical building commision, to do anything. One day his bulldozer "accidently" drove through the structure and it had to be razed. He was then able to build a huge home on the lot and made a killing.

I think this happens all the time.
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How can this construction firm make such a mistake?
....well here is your answer right here; "Polish builders".....
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