At Cracked. The saddest one was that so many people on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wind up losing their new homes:
One family, which had a new home specifically designed to help their developmentally challenged son, was forced to put the house on the market after just a little over a year because they simply couldn’t afford what it cost in both time and money to maintain a palatial four-bedroom estate while trying to raise three children, one of whom has special needs. That’s like Santa Claus bringing a lonely kid an awesome robot friend who, by the way, must be fueled by human blood.
Another couple fell behind on the $405,000 loan they had to take out just to keep their utilities connected in the million-dollar mansion built for them by the show (which inexplicably included a carousel and a movie theater, because those are things that a young husband and wife need to turn their luck around) and were forced to sell the house and auction off most of its contents.
I guess that’s why Habitat for Humanity doesn’t put carousels and movie theaters in the homes they build.
Another depressing reality: most of the restaurants on Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares go out of business. I find that a little sad. I don’t like seeing small businesses fail. Then again, it’s hard to feel too sad about a cockroach-infested restaurant going under.
P.S. I always wondered about whether the publicity really helped the businesses. If I find out that a restaurant had cockroaches and dead rats in the kitchen I wouldn’t eat there even after they cleaned it up. If they let it get that bad once, they’ll do it again.