Cable television is expensive. Ditch cable! Let's sign up for satellite television!
That's what the Holguins (from San Diego) thought, anyway. They signed up for DISH Network in 2006. And the guys show up as planned to install the satellite antenna and relevant cable.
Apparently -- and I didn't know this before reading the Court of Appeal's opinion -- sometimes, the guys snake the cable down a sewage pipe. Easier, I guess, than going through the walls vertically.
But that means that once you drill through the sewage pipe, you've got to make sure to patch the pipe back up once you're done.
Which the DISH Network installers didn't do here.
You can figure out what transpired next. Sewage. Mold. Lawsuit. Trial. Judgment. Appeal.
Suddenly cable isn't looking so bad. By comparison, anyway.