Monday, June 23, 2008

Trash This House

Thanks to CR at Calculated Risk for finding this video. Which, it seems to me, displays Amerititlement (that's "American entitlement") at its finest:

It occurs to me that upon watching that guy (nice wristbands, by the way) trash what is now, for all intents and purposes, the bank's house ... well, it seems that some folks simply are not mature enough to be homeowners.

Let alone be three-home-owners.

My daughter's five years old, and she's thrown her share of "I want it!" tantrums. But they typically last five or ten minutes, tops. After that she comes to grips with reality and goes right back to Green Eggs and Ham or her "My Little Pony" ponies, or whatever. Pre-K life, admittedly, packs its own set of challenges.

As does homeownership. There are obstacles to be met, important decisions to be made, and head-slapping gaffes to be dealt with — hopefully in an adult manner. But not so with this gentleman.

No, the world owes him flip-tastic returns on his housing investments. But since he's now got no shot in hell at those great returns — since he has now, in fact, been severely owned by his naiveté and greed — he's gonna be a Big Man and take it out on on the house. And by extension, the bank. And by a likely extension of that extension, the U.S. taxpayer. (Oh, and his neighbors. Can't forget his neighbors.)

Yeah. He's gonna show them.

You know, it'd be just marvelous if this video could somehow follow Mr. HouseTrasher around for the rest of his life. As in, it ends up on his boss' monitor at work. In his girlfriend's email inbox. On his parents AOL homepage. And certainly embedded in every single credit app he ever fills out for the rest of his days. Sadly, that won't happen.

Some readers might say, "Well, you don't really know his situation, do you?" And they'd be right: I don't. But what I'm fairly certain of is that this guy's a tool. Life just kicked his ass, and he has no idea how to correctly respond. He's exhibiting all the maturity of a below-average toddler, and he's carrying it out via a tantrum of extraordinary degree.

Congratulations, Mr. HouseTrasher.

I'm sure your life will only get better from here.


— Posted by Michael @ 8:25 AM


What an IDIOT!

Well said; he needs to grow up.

'Amerititlement' at it's worst. "I want it! I want it! I want it!"

Anonymous Anonymous
, at 10:26 AM, June 23, 2008  

You would THINK that it WOULD be illegal to trash the house - the physical part of the house that is - because that is technically not HIS until he pays off the mortgage - right? Isn't the house technically the BANK'S property? He can trash his furniture and other belonging and generally have a hissy fit - but I would think that they would have a jail cell with his name on it if he destroyed the banks property. Do we have any real estate pro's that can make a comment here?

Anonymous Anonymous
, at 9:58 AM, June 25, 2008  

I can see the Bud Lite ad now: Real men of genius! We salute you, Mr. HouseTrasher man!


Loser. This is why the credit companies can push through tougher bankruptcy laws. Everyone would want this guy's debt to last forever.


This may yet come back to bit him. The bank will sell the house at auction and come after him for the difference between the auction sale price and the mortgage balance.

Since the house is trashed it will bring less at auction and the bank will come after him for more money. From the very few details in the piece he'll probably end up filing bankruptcy, so it will only follow him for 10 years or so.

Anonymous Anonymous
, at 10:43 AM, June 26, 2008  

Seriously, D-bags like this guy have a special place in hell for them. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. He wanted to be a home"owner", he has to live with everything that comes with it.


Send him to prison and let his interior get tore up!

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