Former U.S. President Martin Van Buren is credited with saying, "It's easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."
In the case of Hardee's, it's probably much less expensive too.
As many motorists in the downtown area are aware, Hardee's has been replacing its sidewalk this week. The project comes only about three months after the restaurant had new sidewalks installed as part of its rebuilding project.
Unfortunately for Hardee's, the work wasn't done right the first time.
"The work wasn't done to TDOT standards," said McMinnville Planning and Zoning director Nolan Ming. "It was shown on the plans as following TDOT standards and I'm not sure why they didn't do it that way. When I noticed, I told them they weren't doing it right. That was when they were only about a quarter of the way done, but they kept on working anyway."
Ming said TDOT standards require the curb and sidewalk to be poured separately, not as one piece. That caused the entire sidewalk project to be redone.
"I'd hate to put a dollar amount on it, but I know it wasn't cheap," said Ming.
Hardee's manager Edrie Wann said the sidewalk work has blocked one of her entrances and made a slight impact on business, but not much.