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    Bank of America sued for seizing parrot

    Bank of America sued for seizing parrot


    Blue macaws are popular pets

    Bank of America has apologised to a woman in Pennsylvania after one of its contractors entered her house, damaged furniture and confiscated her parrot.

    Angela Iannelli has filed a lawsuit alleging that the incident in October caused her so much "emotional distress" that she needed medication for anxiety.

    It took her more than a week to secure the release of Luke, a blue macaw.

    A BoA spokesman said it had erroneously believed Ms Iannelli was defaulting on her mortgage and the house was vacant.

    'Zero tolerance'

    An employee had sent the contractor to the property with instructions to install a new lock and otherwise "secure" it, he said.

    He added that the bank had "zero tolerance for this kind of error", and would quickly review the lawsuit and "consider any hardship that resulted".
    He's doing very well now
    Angela Iannelli


    In her civil suit seeking $50,000 in damages, Ms Iannelli said the BoA contractor had invaded her home north of Pittsburgh while she was away, stopped utility services, cut water pipes and electrical wiring, damaged flooring and finishings, poured antifreeze into sinks and toilets and stolen her parrot, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    She said that when she rang BoA to protest, its representatives first denied knowing where the parrot was, and later told her she could go to the offices of the contractor, about 80 miles away, to retrieve the bird herself.

    Bank officials also allegedly told her they were "tired" of hearing from her, hung up, and advised her to seek help from the police.

    Ms Iannelli told the Wall Street Journal that although Luke had initially seemed nervous, he was "doing very well now".


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    america back in the jungle !! ? emotional rescue . talk about being kicked when you're down . the wolf is back .

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    Fuckers, give it to them hard

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    Corporations can now do anything they want.
    They even demand blood and urine.

    When IRS began outsourcing to private debt collectors , I knew the USA was going to sink fast .

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    At least the USA still gives you some recourse against almost anyone. I suspect that here anyone (farang or Thai) would not even be able to sue a hi-so banker for being violated.

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    No its called Socialism have you been in a closet?

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    Happens in the UK as well - or did !

    A fellow service engineer ( in the late 70's) was like me - 2 or 3 months overseas and maybe a month back .

    He bought a semi-derelict cottage in the Welsh Borders and on his 'home leave' used to park his camper van in the yard and spend the month restoring it.
    All was going well - I used to help him ( not completely 'cos I liked doing up old buildings but he did have a stretch of the trout fishing in the River Clun at the back of his garden ! )

    Another house in the same lane - out in the wilds- had an owner who defaulted on his mortgage and it was repossessed by the bank / building society.
    The owner did a runner and the place was sold at auction - buyer was a Brummie buisnessman who got permission to demolish it and build a new bungalow on the site .
    He sent contractors in to clear the site.

    Errr! they knocked down and cleared the wrong site !!

    Ended up in court - huge Press coverage - Express and Star, Birmingham post etc etc . ( too long ago to give any links - sorry )

    Contractors excuse was that the building was obviously derelict and that was the one to go .
    Buyers excuse was that he may have marked the wrong building on the map he gave the contractors.

    All is well that ends well though !

    English Heritage jumped in on my mates side .
    The building was a Grade 1 listed building as it was the smallest 'Cruck' beamed house in the UK.
    My mate bought it cheap on condition that he restored it over a 5 year period .
    He got it for about 6,000 GBP and exspected to spend another 20,000 by the time it was finished .

    Contractors and Brummie were ordered by the court to restore the building or face jail terms !

    They did a super job - with English Heritage overseeing the reconstruction.
    Cost them over 270,000 GBP by the time they finished !!

    I hope the US lady screws the bastards for as much as she can get !


    Quick explanation of Cruk beam

    You find a suitable oak tree that has a sturdy branch leaving the trunk at about the same height as you want your building eaves to be.
    Cut it down
    Trim off the bit above the branch.
    Split the trink and branch and you end up with two identical bits of wood - they become the vertical supports of the building frame and the roof rafter.
    Find similar trees and do the same until you have enough for the overall length of the building - you get the idea!

    The contractors had burnt all the existing 'Cruks' !

    Rebuild was so expensive because they had to search the bloody country to find , and get permission to fell , mature oak trees - Believe they had to import a couple from Poland

    Slipped into 'ramble mode ' again

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    At least the USA still gives you some recourse against almost anyone. I suspect that here anyone (farang or Thai) would not even be able to sue a hi-so banker for being violated.

    IRS takes what it wants, no recourse. I know from personal, infuriating experience and I know it was done in retaliation for my efforts against the establishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rascal View Post
    No its called Socialism have you been in a closet?
    No, socialism is about protecting those with less by those with more .
    What is going on now is pure corporatism.

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    Assholes. Nothing worse than a fucking parrot thief.

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