WATCH | ‘Frustrated’ contractor uses an excavator to wreck new apartment complex over unpaid work
- A contractor went on a rampage with an excavator because he believed he was owed money by the developer.
- A video shows him smashing the terraces of a newly built apartment complex in Blumberg, Germany.
- The contractor caused around $600,000 (R8.7 million) worth of damage to the building, The Sun reported.
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A general contractor in Germany caused nearly $600,000 (R8.7 million) worth of damage to a luxury apartment complex because he believed the developer owed him around $5.8 million (R85 million) in outstanding debts, according to The Sun.
The unnamed man, 47, went on the wrecking spree in Blumberg, Germany on Wednesday evening because he was "frustrated" due to "unjustly held payments," a spokesperson for the local police force confirmed to Metro.
Footage from the incident shows the contractor using an excavator to smash the balconies of a 30-unit apartment building.
Allemagne : Un entrepreneur en construction de la ForÃªt-Noire a dÃ©libÃ©rÃ©ment endommagÃ© un nouveau complexe rÃ©sidentiel d'environ 30 appartements avec une excavatrice Ã Blumberg (Bade-Wurtemberg). Les dÃ©gÃ¢ts s'Ã©lÃ¨vent Ã environ un demi-million d'euros. pic.twitter.com/6ECGtPd8r3— Rebecca Rambar (@RebeccaRambar) July 30, 2021
He only stopped destroying the building because the excavator's hydraulic hose broke, The Sun reported.
The man also damaged the building's garages where several gas containers were stored, German newspaper Schwarzwälder Bote reported.
Police cordoned off an area around the building because there was the possibility of damage to the gas containers, the paper added.
The contractor got out of the excavator and drove away from the scene before eventually turning himself into the police, Schwarzwälder Bot said.
Nobody was inside the building but around 50 onlookers watched in horror, according to Metro.