BoA Breaks into Woman’s House and Confiscates Parrot

Published on March 10th, 2010

Posted by honeyman in humor, legal

BANK of America apologised after its local contractor entered the home of a mortgage borrower when she was away, cut off utilities, padlocked the door and confiscated her pet parrot, Luke.

Angela Iannelli, 46, alleged in a lawsuit that the October incident – which separated her from her 11 – year-old parrot for more than a week – caused so much “emotional distress” that she needed a prescription medication for anxiety.

A Bank of America spokesman said a bank employee erroneously believed the house was vacant and sent the contractor there with instructions to install a new lock and otherwise “secure” the property.

The bank spokesman said those instructions were inappropriate, because Ms Iannelli wasn’t in default and the house wasn’t vacant.
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In her civil suit filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Ms Iannelli said a contractor hired by Bank of America entered her house, north of Pittsburgh, in mid-October when she was away.

According to the suit, in an “invasion” of the home, the contractor stopped utility services, cut water lines and electrical wiring, damaged flooring and finishings, poured anti-freeze into sinks and toilets, and “stole” the parrot.

Ms Iannelli, who owns a diner and works part-time as a bartender, said Bank of America representatives weren’t helpful when she called in to protest.

They first denied knowing where the parrot was, and later told her she could go to the offices of the contractor, about 120km away, to retrieve the bird herself.

Comedy gold. This stuff just writes itself.

5 Responses

  1. BANK OF AMERICA IS A BULLY AND SOMEONE HAS TO STOP THEM THEY ARE TO BIG FOR THEIR OWN GOOD BUT THEY WILL GET WHATS COMING TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The civil suit is for only $50,000 in damages. Personally, I think such a low amount is a mistake. Also, there are multiple suits here; both BofA and the contractor independently. Dave is right on the mark: head on down to the police station and file a complaint for home invasion and malicious mischief against the contractor. Nobody “secures” a house with furniture and a parrot inside. Sue the contractor for theft.

    Equally interesting, the question arises if the breaches of the Contract, the breaches of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, the breaches of Quiet Enjoyment are sufficient to vacate and void the actual Note and Mortgage. Doing it that way, the house ends up free of lien. Personally, more to my taste.

  3. A classic case of criminal trespass, criminal mischief and grand theft if I ever heard of it. Someone needs to go to prison here! Especially the accessories that ordered it. That’ll straighten them out.

  4. Newly Spotted Bank of America Billboard

    Confiscating Homes We Don’t Own…
    ” B a n k o f O p p o r t u n i t y ”

    4closureFraud

  5. IN AMERICA YOU CAN SHOOT TRESPASSERS.

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