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Homeless woman lived inside grocery store sign for a year

She had a computer, printer, and coffee machine up there too. I have to give her credit for being resourceful.

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by Anonymousreply 102May 18, 2024 8:46 AM

How did she get up there in the first place? It's an interesting kip.

by Anonymousreply 1May 10, 2024 7:42 PM

La da dee la dee da

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by Anonymousreply 2May 10, 2024 7:43 PM

Wouldn't she have been better off living in the supermarket itself?

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by Anonymousreply 3May 10, 2024 7:45 PM

Didn't she boil up in the summer.

by Anonymousreply 4May 10, 2024 7:45 PM

Is that considered a penthouse?

by Anonymousreply 5May 10, 2024 7:46 PM

Michigan gets cold in winter.

by Anonymousreply 6May 10, 2024 7:46 PM

Pretty ingenious.

by Anonymousreply 7May 10, 2024 7:49 PM

Right above the Goodwill Store. (click photo to see wide view)

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by Anonymousreply 8May 10, 2024 7:49 PM

Homeless woman in aisle 7!

by Anonymousreply 9May 10, 2024 7:52 PM


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by Anonymousreply 10May 10, 2024 7:52 PM

maybe she saved up a lot of money over a year.

by Anonymousreply 11May 10, 2024 7:54 PM

did she shit in a bucket? It must have been cold out there in winter and boiling in summer.

by Anonymousreply 12May 10, 2024 7:55 PM

[quote] maybe she saved up a lot of money over a year.

With coupons?

by Anonymousreply 13May 10, 2024 7:57 PM

Welcome to America!

by Anonymousreply 14May 10, 2024 8:01 PM

[quote] “From someone who works with the homeless, part of me acknowledges she was really resourceful,” said Saralyn Temple of Midland’s Open Door. “Obviously, we don’t want people resorting to illegal activity to find housing. [bold]There are much better options.”[/bold]

I don’t know. I think I’d prefer living in a store’s sign to in a public shelter.

by Anonymousreply 15May 10, 2024 8:03 PM

[quote] did she shit in a bucket?

R12 is Frances McDormand.

by Anonymousreply 16May 10, 2024 8:09 PM

The sign probably generated some heat in the winter. The article says she had a job elsewhere, so she had heating and cooling during the day and probably spent time in places like malls until things cooled off in the evening. She probably also wanted cover of darkness to slip in and out undetected.

by Anonymousreply 17May 10, 2024 8:46 PM

Let her live there. Make it an attraction!

by Anonymousreply 18May 10, 2024 8:48 PM

How did she get up there? Like Spiderman?

by Anonymousreply 19May 10, 2024 8:56 PM

The real crime is not that she trespassed for a year but that we don't have nearly enough affordable housing for low-income families and single people.

And don't even start in with "But THEY like to be on the street."

This woman worked and had made a makeshift home in that space. You can't do that if you're drug-addled and/or mentally unstable.

Because we refuse to deal with our housing crisis, we want to blame the victim.

by Anonymousreply 20May 10, 2024 8:57 PM

[Quote] “We provided her with some information about services in the area,” the officer said. “She apologized and continued on her way. Where she went from there, I don’t know.”


by Anonymousreply 21May 10, 2024 9:27 PM

Well she claimed to work. It seems like she slipped away, unidentified.

by Anonymousreply 22May 10, 2024 9:37 PM

I guess identified, but certainly she refused any entry into "the system". So we can't really know if she holds a job.

by Anonymousreply 23May 10, 2024 9:38 PM

Isn't it more like an attic? She was living *behind* the sign in that little peaked area in the pictures, but I bet it was a room

by Anonymousreply 24May 10, 2024 9:40 PM

5 feet wide. Very narrow.

by Anonymousreply 25May 10, 2024 9:41 PM

So few cunts around here bother to read linked articles.

The sign structure, probably 5 feet (1.5 meter) wide and 8 feet (2.4 meters) high, has a door and is accessible from the roof, Warren said.

by Anonymousreply 26May 10, 2024 9:43 PM

Atta girl!

by Anonymousreply 27May 10, 2024 9:45 PM

I agree, R20. Many of the middle class can no longer afford homes, as well. The working class has gotten completely fucked. When I was born my father was 32, had 3 kids (another would follow), my mother took care of us and didn't have to work, not did the other women on the block, we had a small home with a renter on the top floor, a clunker car but it got us to the Catskills for our 2 week vacation in the mountains, family and friends were always over and there never seemed to be a scarcity of anything, though we lived simply. My parents had only a high school education, mom was very smart and informed, and we lived on a blue collar income, dad was a fireman.

When I was 32, I realized that I could never duplicate this, even with a college education, even if I wanted to.

by Anonymousreply 28May 10, 2024 9:50 PM

I like the tiny homes for homeless trend.

I have a dear, departed friend who spent several years in the NYC homeless system. A lawyer, and from a wealthy family. It is very very very very expensive to house homeless in NYC, at least.

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by Anonymousreply 29May 10, 2024 9:55 PM

Exactly, R20.

by Anonymousreply 30May 10, 2024 10:05 PM

Where did she take dumps and showers?

by Anonymousreply 31May 10, 2024 10:12 PM

I swear something happened in 1972 or the early 70s. I came across a website that explained it, but I can't find it, that totally changed the US economy for the middle and working class.

by Anonymousreply 32May 10, 2024 10:25 PM

I guess she used these low and sloping sheds around back to hoist herself up to the roof?

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by Anonymousreply 33May 10, 2024 10:31 PM

R32 The change happened in Reagan's 80s.

1) union busting

2) getting rid of company pensions (it took awhile)

3) shifting the focus in capitalism from Employer-employee to company-share holders. The company MUST return income to shareholders. And executive suite.

4) the combination of 2) and 3) meant that all employees must turn to the stock market to hope to generate wealth. Stock market and real estate. Lower class people did not have the budget and wisdom to create 401Ks. Real estate priced out average folks from playing real estate game to accumulate net worth and income.

Result - downward mobility for middle middle class and below. Also - vast shift of the nations wealth to the rich and very rich, rather than it being spread around through the classes.

by Anonymousreply 34May 10, 2024 10:36 PM

Sometimes you just get angry. Nevermind about not having the means. My 1950s 3 storey walkup is scheduled to be demolished. For 1950s it has huge rooms and closet space. 9 foot ceilings.

To find a comparable place now means spending at least twice as much. And who knows when that one will be demolished or renovated. I almost have no choice but to triple my rent and move to a high rise. Try finding a 3 bedroom place.

I'd like to go back to owning but those prices and accompanying fees, anger me even more.

More power to her.

by Anonymousreply 35May 10, 2024 10:43 PM

We tried that but the birds kept crapping on us.

by Anonymousreply 36May 10, 2024 11:05 PM

No pics of her setup ? Disappointing !

by Anonymousreply 37May 10, 2024 11:11 PM

It must have been a dingy smelly hellhole. 5 feet wide. No windows. No air. On a tar rooftop.

by Anonymousreply 38May 10, 2024 11:16 PM

Ah, so that's where Bai Ling has been staying!

by Anonymousreply 39May 10, 2024 11:56 PM

Amazing story

by Anonymousreply 40May 11, 2024 12:07 AM

Shit in a bucket? I LOVE IT!!!!

by Anonymousreply 41May 11, 2024 1:45 AM

If you were homeless that would be a pretty sweet place

by Anonymousreply 42May 11, 2024 4:45 AM

No mention of a bed roll or where she slept. But she had a computer, printer and coffee maker.

I slept in my car for four months with my dog in mid to late 2017. I don't recommend it.

by Anonymousreply 43May 11, 2024 4:58 AM

r43 I would love to hear more about what it was like if you are up for talking about it.

by Anonymousreply 44May 11, 2024 5:02 AM

[quote]I agree, [R20]. Many of the middle class can no longer afford homes, as well.

Screw the middle classes! I will never accept them. And they will never deny me anything again.

My father's other family were middle class. And we were kept out of sight, hidden from view.

by Anonymousreply 45May 11, 2024 5:05 AM

A year? Bitch, please.

by Anonymousreply 46May 11, 2024 5:35 AM

Me as well r43. Please educate us.

by Anonymousreply 47May 11, 2024 5:39 AM

I'd like to hear about it too please R43 and R47.

I'm a renter with little to no chance of ever owning my own home and I am extremely worried about where/how I am going to live when I get older. I'd love to hear your experiences.

by Anonymousreply 48May 11, 2024 6:19 AM

R45 = Marie Antoinette, headless Queen of France.

by Anonymousreply 49May 11, 2024 6:21 AM

After "Sunset," I will play the homeless sign woman and get back to back Oscars!

by Anonymousreply 50May 11, 2024 6:24 AM

[quote]5 feet wide. Very narrow.

Very Ann Frank-ish.

by Anonymousreply 51May 11, 2024 6:29 AM

At the rate all these tacky McMansions are being abandoned it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing Golden-Girlsesque groups going in on a mortgage where an entire community sets up house together. Some of these gaudy souvenirs of excess have 10K square feet. A dozen people could live together without ever bumping into one another. Way more space than senior centers or cruise ships and lots of amenities like home theaters, pools, tennis courts, gourmet kitchens.

by Anonymousreply 52May 11, 2024 6:47 AM

R50 is not G. It’s Julie Delpy.

by Anonymousreply 53May 11, 2024 1:03 PM

homeless people don't want to go to shelters because they don't want to be raped, robbed, or harassed by other homeless people. the sharper and more functional they are, the more likely they are to have the sense to avoid other homeless people at all costs.

by Anonymousreply 54May 11, 2024 2:18 PM

Spot on R54.

by Anonymousreply 55May 11, 2024 2:57 PM

What was the temperature inside the sign during the winter?

by Anonymousreply 56May 11, 2024 3:14 PM

Let the bitch try a soup bowl and see how long she lasts.

by Anonymousreply 57May 11, 2024 3:21 PM

r44 and r48 - I took another job in the private sector to leave local government. I was sick of the stupidity.

That job was recommended to me by a family member. It was a new office space for a spa procedure, and once I outfitted it, was dumped and told they lost all kinds of money in Brexit and they couldn't afford staff (2017).

It was sudden and I liquidated my home and put the rest into storage. I descended into alcohol over 5 months and decided to put the rest of my stuff into storage. I also spent one night - and one night only in a homeless shelter. It was hell.

I lived in my car, writing, drinking and being sad for those many months. I had my car's windshield and driver window broken into during that time. I received my first ever (and only) DUI during that time (people in my car at the time forcing me to drive), I was raped twice because I let someone into my life and car that was a lowlife).

It was a shit of a time.

by Anonymousreply 58May 12, 2024 2:43 AM

Damn r58! Thanks for telling your story. I hope all is good in your realm now.

by Anonymousreply 59May 12, 2024 2:48 AM

[quote]Ah, so

I see what you did there.

by Anonymousreply 60May 12, 2024 3:05 AM

I won't bore anyone with the details, but since then, my best friend let me crash on my couch, and yadda yadda, after some time later elsewhere I got a job as a loan processor and made the most money I've ever made in my life for a few years. Then rates went up...got laid off, was on unemployment for as long as I could but essentially lived for 2 years on savings and unemployment.

Now I'm an Office Administrator for a non-profit for almost a year. I'm happy. I've been living on my own for four years now, in a real apartment with a garden.

I will always - since that time in my life - make sure I have a car that can support me having to live and sleep in it, just in case. I just bought an SUV that I can sleep in if shit gets real, which was a major purchase for me - I don't have any credit card debt. This country's trajectory scares me and this is my way to make sure I have a way to live through it if I need to. I grew up with my parents living in a VW camper van for several months while we relocated, so if I have to, I am ready to do that. Nothing in my house is that important that I can't sell, and put the rest into storage.

by Anonymousreply 61May 12, 2024 3:06 AM

R58 are you a man or woman?

by Anonymousreply 62May 12, 2024 3:06 AM

Non binary.

by Anonymousreply 63May 12, 2024 3:07 AM

I'm a woman.

I've been here, and commenting since 2010...paid member for a few years now.

by Anonymousreply 64May 12, 2024 3:12 AM

So many questions, but the main one I have is: If this woman had a job somewhere and kept going to it regularly, how could she have possibly avoided being seen leaving and returning to her hiding place 10 times per week or more?

by Anonymousreply 65May 12, 2024 3:22 AM

It can happen.

by Anonymousreply 66May 12, 2024 3:27 AM

R65 Plot twist: she ran an OnlyFans lol

by Anonymousreply 67May 12, 2024 3:30 AM

[quote] lol

LoL! :)

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by Anonymousreply 68May 12, 2024 3:31 AM

Joyce DeWitt?

by Anonymousreply 69May 12, 2024 3:45 AM

She should be shipped out of Michigan.

by Anonymousreply 70May 12, 2024 3:47 AM

Sadly, this is the second story I've read like this recently.

There was a man living in an abandoned Circuit City.

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by Anonymousreply 71May 12, 2024 3:49 AM

Oh wait, ignore that. I mixed up my stories, that dude was actually a criminal hiding.

Sorry, my bad.

by Anonymousreply 72May 12, 2024 3:50 AM

R69 Imagine that New York Post article “One-third of TVs greatest threesome was found living in conditions that belie the former actresses swanky bachelorette life in Santa Monica.”

by Anonymousreply 73May 12, 2024 3:54 AM

When times got tough Joyce slept in her plant store.

by Anonymousreply 74May 12, 2024 3:55 AM

Well, she had to keep up her DL posting, didn't she?

by Anonymousreply 75May 12, 2024 5:28 AM

I forgot to add I lived in my 2005 Subaru Forester. Crossover before they were a thing.

(true story).

by Anonymousreply 76May 12, 2024 5:47 AM

She wasn't Brendad, was she?

by Anonymousreply 77May 12, 2024 5:54 AM

No judging, but it's staggering how many people are unable to accomplish the simple goals of adulthood: job, living space, transportation, food, insurance and clothing.

by Anonymousreply 78May 12, 2024 6:48 AM

There are housing options everywhere, if you know where to look.

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by Anonymousreply 79May 12, 2024 10:30 AM

R78, if not to judge, then what is the point of your comment? You do realize that once a person loses a job, it's often a cascade of loss that follows--i.e., food-clothing-housing-insurance. In our merciless economy, that list of basics has become perilous for many. I just got let go frome my well-paying job and am fucking terrified. Worked hard, never called in sick, never picked fights, have advanced credentials and experience, but there you go.

Just wait until it happens to you.

by Anonymousreply 80May 12, 2024 11:38 AM

Tasteful Friends..

by Anonymousreply 81May 12, 2024 11:59 AM

Some guys pitched a large tent in a small wooded area behind the convenience store up the road from me. The one guy (who's missing half his right arm) openly carries (illegal here) a revolver in a holster on that side of his belt (??). But there are many guys like that in the Forest area, homeless, drunk all the time on those tiny bottles of liquor from the convenience store, and with enough money for cigarettes and Vienna sausages in a can. Three neighbors (that I know of) have one homeless person each living in a tent in their yards. You see the same scruffy bastards hitchhiking around here all the time -- some are mentally ill in all kinds of ways, and others are just plain drunks, meth heads, and heroin addicts.

But I guess it could be worse; I could be living in California in a million dollar+ property and have to deal with the same type of motley crew. At least I got my place cheap.

by Anonymousreply 82May 12, 2024 12:02 PM

R71 Thanks for the article. A fascinating story and very creepy psychology.

by Anonymousreply 83May 12, 2024 12:34 PM

R82 I am confused. These homeowners LET homeless camp in their backyards. On their property?! Seems like a recipe for disaster.

by Anonymousreply 84May 12, 2024 12:40 PM

Yup, R84 -- but the homeowners' homes aren't exactly anything a tasteful friend would live in, and the homeless people are often someone the homeowner knows, if only from seeing them walking around the neighborhood all the time.

by Anonymousreply 85May 12, 2024 1:50 PM

This will soon be a Stephen Spielberg movie.

by Anonymousreply 86May 12, 2024 2:39 PM

Publix housing.

by Anonymousreply 87May 12, 2024 2:43 PM

No wonder Greg hasn’t posted in a few days.

by Anonymousreply 88May 12, 2024 2:58 PM

You are so amusing, R88.

You must not know how to read.

by Anonymousreply 89May 12, 2024 4:51 PM

Hi, Greg.

by Anonymousreply 90May 12, 2024 4:52 PM

Greg has just been busy perfecting his rock candy recipe.

by Anonymousreply 91May 12, 2024 4:54 PM

R89 👏😵‍💫🤡

by Anonymousreply 92May 12, 2024 4:55 PM

Hello, R90.

by Anonymousreply 93May 12, 2024 6:07 PM

[quote] Greg has just been busy perfecting his rock candy recipe.

How clever you are, R91.

by Anonymousreply 94May 12, 2024 6:07 PM

Cause she cares, y'all.

by Anonymousreply 95May 12, 2024 11:32 PM

Sign O’ The Times

by Anonymousreply 96May 12, 2024 11:34 PM

I've noticed a lot of You Tube videos of young people living in their cars. Why?

by Anonymousreply 97May 12, 2024 11:37 PM

R97 Because they're poor.

Next question!

by Anonymousreply 98May 13, 2024 3:07 PM

Why does this remind me of that great book from when we were kids- the one where the kids get locked up/ start living at the Library? FUN!

by Anonymousreply 99May 13, 2024 3:53 PM

isnt it the met museum?

by Anonymousreply 100May 13, 2024 4:01 PM

[Quote] Welcome to America!

And it’ll get ten times worse if plutocrat Trump slithers back into office in November.

by Anonymousreply 101May 13, 2024 4:04 PM

Really there is a book for children about living in a library? How cool is that for us introverts. Just have it exist as connected to a Target store and we'd be golden. 👍

And quit picking on Greg. I have enjoyed their posts. Maybe he ought to just go anonymous for awhile or try another moniker. Just sayin'.

by Anonymousreply 102May 18, 2024 8:46 AM
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