Ms. Barnett will reap millions out of the ensuing lawsuit. Nitwit bank president soon to be looking for a new job ... over 18K.
She should own the bank after this.
Never fear - these crack shot lawyers have offered her their services ...
The owners only wanted $18,000.
Thorne should have thanked GOD that was all they wanted. They should have had a blank check up to twice the retail value of the home.
Now, as the OP said, the owners will probably end up with a judgement that makes them the new bank owners.
And, as implied also, rather than fire him they should keep him around and torture him for the rest of his career until he quits (which would mean he doesn’t get unemployment).
This “Mr. Thorne” scumbag should have knelt down before Katie Barnett, profusely apologized, and add a “0” to the end of that eighteen grand and handed Ms. Barnett a cashier’s check for $180,000.
He should be arrested. Also, seeing as how Ms. Barnett is a nurse, heaven help him if he ever gets sick and winds up as a patient in the local hospital. Ms. Barnett and her fellow nurses might want to settle a few scores.
I would love to see Drudge pick this up.
“Here’s my list of stuff. I’m glad you’re sorry, now just give me a check so I can go buy stuff to replace what you had stolen.
“What? You’re ‘not paying retail here’?
“Seriously, my list doesn’t match up with the list made up by bozos who couldn’t even bother to read the number on the mailbox, or even know which side of the street has even numbers?
“Right, thanks for your time. Oh, no, no worry, you won’t hear directly from me again. I’m going to go find a lawyer.”
Things that really get me about this case: 1) Police find out that it was an ‘erroneous foreclosure’ and consider the case closed. Oh man, keep that ace in your sleeve if you ever decide on a life of crime, simply say you broke into the wrong house... OH, right, keep forgetting, cops use that same excuse to not make good when they bust in the wrong house...
2) That the bank hasn’t pushed forward the names of the bozos who went to the wrong address (and really, it was the GPS’ fault? Who are these guys? The kids of the bank president?)
3) That the bank’s liability insurance hasn’t stepped forward, quickly pressed for a settlement with the nice woman and then turned around and sued the bank and the foreclosure agents for gross negligence, financial impropriety, and conspiracy to force the liability insurance to pay out even more.
Because if I worked for the firm that provides that coverage for the bank, the MOMENT I saw that program, I would be in the car, going to that address, inviting the family to stay at a local hotel at my expense, offer contractors to ‘restore’ the property, including repainting of rooms to ‘clean any traces of the violation from the property’, and insisted that there must have been quite a number of things forgotten in that list, and here’s three times the amount; your driver will be waiting for you in the morning to take you on a whirlwind shopping experience. And if I was incredibly lucky, all that expenditure wouldn’t even come CLOSE to covering the bill for their attorneys as part of the case.
But no; it seems like an extensive conspiracy of idiots are involved here. The bank president has taken charge of the issue, the insurance company is apparently silent, and mysteriously, there’s no arrest warrants being drawn up when the crooks who made an accident haven’t made good the situation. I don’t care if all her worldly goods might have run a grand retail; the MINIMUM bill from the lawyers will be a hundred grand.
Heck, who’s the bonding company for these repossessors, or their own liability insurance coverage? There really should have been a line of people at her doorstep in minutes to pamper her and keep her from filing a lawsuit.
Wow. The stupid. It hurts to even read about.
I mean just wow.
The banks ins co should just pay her $50,000. And then erase this sorry excuse for a bank. Or at least it’s board and president.
Th moron bank president just screwed himself and his bank.
Accordingly, Thorne did what any self-respecting bank president whose business had negligently broken and entered a home and destroyed the contents would dohe lowballed Katie Barnett.
Bad move. The bank should be responsible not only for Ms Barnett's losses, but for a set-an-example award that will break the bank, let its employees pound the pavement, and penalize any pensioners whose accounts have invested therein!
He told me that I would probably need receipts for everything that they took and they were not paying retail,
The question is not retail, it's what multiple of retail, amplified by bad publicity! LOL!
The only agreeable resolution is a Nice New House, courteously offered, better than the old one and net of lawyers' fees and taxes!
The writing is surprisingly lurid for Forbes, and so many exclamation marks. I guess this story is internet clickthrough gold.
That aside, this bank should immediately contact plaintiff’s attorney and settle the matter. The damage to the reputation of the bank is bad enough as it is without compounding the negative exposure. The facts are not favorable and the bank president comes across like an arrogant a-hole who is entirely too accustomed to hoodwinking people, not a good thing for a bank dependent upon depositor goodwill.
Settle out, issue a profuse public apology and bend over backwards to undo the damage, or this little bank will go under. Fire the president.
I was doing this sort of work a couple years ago... More than once, I got a work order to change locks on a house, went there (to the correct address), drilled the locks, opened the door and could immediately tell somebody was still living in the house, So I made a call, and was told to replace the lock (to resecure the house), leave a new key for their new lock in the electrical panel and a note on the door having them call the company that gave me the work order. But, That only lasted a short time, before we got an apology form from each bank to leave on the door if this happened, and then when possible our work orders had us changing locks on secondary doors instead of the front door. I guess our company was not happy about fielding those calls. B of A got in so much trouble over this they set up safety procedures to avoid it that included taking a pic of the street sign and front of house and emailing it too them from the field, then calling and going through a 10 minute checklist verifying the property is vacant... after sitting on hold with their call center for an average of 20 minutes and as long as 50 minutes one time. I was denied entry to one house at least 6 times and I had been cutting the grass at for over a year, when I finally got the lock change work order... simply because I could not see inside the house. I hated the B of A lock change work orders because it meant I had to spend an average of an extra hour there before starting any work and it did not pay me any extra.
America’s dumbest. And using a GPS to boot.
It is a wonder to me that someone does not charge the bank president with larceny. His thugs stole this woman’s household possessions. It is my opinion that those involved in this mess on the bank’s part should most certainly face charges of theft of some kind.
She needs to sue the bank, get a judgement and repossess the bank itself if they still do not pay.
Here is a story about a man in FLA that did just that.
She should show as much mercy as the bank president did.