Mountain House owner calls out Google, Facebook for selling him out
GINGERBREAD HOUSE, Pa.
(AP) — The owner of a mountain house overlooking Philadelphia’s rolling hills is calling out the Google, Twitter and Facebook that he says sold him out to Google and Facebook.
The home sits on a steep slope and is just 1,500 feet (610 meters) above sea level.
It has a view of the Philadelphia skyline from the top.
“I just want to be known as the guy who sold my house to Google,” said Jim Hightower, who was in his late 70s when he bought the property in the late 1980s.
“And now that I’m selling it, it’s just a bad name.”
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is now considering a bill that would prohibit any of the companies from profiting off the sale of real estate, and it’s unclear how much the legislation will cost.
Google said in a statement to Recode that it’s working with lawmakers on a legislative fix.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched an investigation into the House’s actions, which Hightowers said has not gone far.
He said he’s hoping to take the issue to the state legislature for an up or down vote.
“This is just another example of a company who has taken advantage of the system to make a buck,” Hightiers said.
He’s seeking compensation for the property and other damages.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.