“What Hath God Wrought?”

“What hath God wrought?”

It’s the anguished question from the fourth book of the Old Testament.

It was the astonished phrase that opened the first telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington in 1844.

It could also be used to express complete disgust at a current HOA news story from Detroit.

Waterford homeowner Natalie Forte bought a Chevy Volt which she charged from an outlet in her shared HOA garage. She had no problem with paying an extra charge for the power. But she says her HOA demanded four times the amount of power that her Chevy Volt actually used.

What did the HOA do? LOL! They just disconnected all the power to Natalie’s garage, forcing her to use a 100 foot extension cord to charge the Volt from her condo.

Really? Can HOA vindictiveness get any more ridiculous than this?

What hath God wrought?

(link to WXYZ-Detroit story)

(link to Green News)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on ““What Hath God Wrought?”

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Another perspective: what hath been wrought by men and women who are true HOA utopian believers, that worship at the altar of Property Values?

    This HOA is not interested in solving the problem, but in exacerbating it by punishing the Volt owner for her alleged HOA “crime” of using the electric outlet in her garage. We see this dynamic so often in HOAs. Sometimes problems are created out of thin air by self-proclaimed demi-gods.


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