Kindness misplaced

Like Alfred E. Doolittle, he’s one of the Undeserving Poor:

Several months ago my elderly neighbor allowed a homeless young man named Anthony to live in his garage in exchange for work around the yard and allows him to make modifications to the garage to make it more livable. The neighbor did this out of the kindness of his heart and has a reputation for helping those less fortunate. He is involved in AA and recovery and hoped that by providing Anthony a place to stay and work to keep him busy, plus his guidance. He might be able to influence Anthony and help him to get clean from Alcohol and Drugs.

Sadly, as is the case many times. Anthony is not ready to get clean and sober.

Anthony has not only continued to use drugs, Anthony now has a homeless young lady, also doing drugs, living with him in the garage now as well as frequent visitors doing drugs.

The garage was meant to be a temporary condition to to give Anthony time to get on his feet and get clean. Instead it has given Anthony a level of stability that allows him to do even more drugs.

And worse than that:

The elderly neighbor cannot make Anthony leave. Because he has allowed Anthony to stay there. Anthony now has rights. Anthony has to be served by a Oklahoma County Sheriff with a 30 day eviction notice. Anthony know this, because he has pulled it in others before.

So now the elder gentlemen is a prisoner in his own house until such time as we can get this all sorted out proper through proper legal channels.

This is apparently happening about three miles from me. I’m not at all sure what, if anything, can be done about it.


  1. McG »

    6 March 2017 · 11:57 am

    Replace Anthony’s cash with Monopoly money just before he goes out to buy drugs? Plant something on him that looks like a “wire”? Replace his drugs with Folgers decaf?

  2. Holly H »

    6 March 2017 · 11:57 am

    I fail to understand how a non-paying renter can have any rights, other than to his/her own property and personal privacy. Guess I’m not such a bleeding-heart liberal after all.

  3. Holly H »

    6 March 2017 · 11:58 am

    I like the Folgers decaf idea. THAT’s cruel.

  4. fillyjonk »

    6 March 2017 · 12:35 pm

    I wonder what the neighbors think.

    For one summer, the house next to me was a rental to what I suspect were drug dealers (cars pulling up all hours of the day and night, staying 5-10 minutes, then leaving. I was keeping a discreet list of makes, models, and what I could see of the tag numbers).

    It was miserable – noise, danger (the renters tried to blow up my mailbox, or at least I suspect them of being the ones), trash around that led to a rodent problem.

    Eventually they got evicted and the landlord sold the house, but wow, that was an awful summer and I was despairing because I figured I’d not be able to sell MY house if I decided I needed to move to get away from the awful neighbors….

  5. Mike aka Proof »

    6 March 2017 · 3:19 pm

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  6. Roger Green »

    6 March 2017 · 5:11 pm

    I have a relative for which a similar thing happened.

  7. McG »

    6 March 2017 · 7:15 pm

    It’s not normal to infer a landlord-tenant relationship when rent isn’t being charged. Oklahoma law clearly needs to be revised on this matter.

  8. Holly H »

    7 March 2017 · 11:19 am

    Agreed, we need landlord law reform.

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