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Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with
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Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with

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Jun 21, 2024, 1:58 PM
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This goes to show things can happen anywhere. Building a house last several months. Neat the end of the process and last Friday I was over doing some things outside when a young guy drives up asking strange questions. He drives on up the driveway, gets out his car and just starts hanging around. I approach him again and he asks more strange questions. I ask him to leave, he does not. Finally call the police and have him trespassed from the property.

Trying to keep this short, he returned Saturday and I called the police again. He left before they arrived so nothing they could do. Early Sunday morning I get alert from trail cam I have keeping an eye on the place. Turns out he cut the strap from the cam and through it in the woods. I found it and moved it somewhere else.

Monday morning, I drive by early just to check on the place. He is up by the house with no car this time. He walks to my truck again saying basically nonsense. He walks back to the house when he realizes I am on the phone with the police. They arrive and arrest him. He had broken in a window and was in the garage when the police arrived. He was charged with burglary, possession of ammo by a felon, meth possession and resisting arrest. On facebook he has a photo of my house stating it is his. He told the police my address for his residence and claims it is his house.

Long story to say: beware. If this can happen in Spartanburg it can happen anywhere.

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:03 PM
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Crazy people. Don't forget this is a "Stand your ground state!". Hopefully it doesn't go there but obviously dude is up to no good.

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:11 PM
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Good!

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Jun 21, 2024, 9:54 PM [ in reply to Re: Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with ]
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I believe Smith and Wesson can solve. May sure you double tap him or her

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Jun 22, 2024, 8:08 AM
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Yep, my wife and I have twin M&P Shield 40 cal and they both fight dirty with plus P ammo;) We pray that we never have to use either other than for target practice. But as the saying goes it's best to have it and never need it, than to need it and don't have it. I pray that we never have a situation that we need them!!!

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3 taps is always safer!


Jun 22, 2024, 8:13 AM [ in reply to Re: Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with ]
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The ol’2 and 1

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:04 PM
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I would never have any rental properties because of this sort of thing. Good luck... I hope the stinking meth head stays away for good this time.

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:11 PM
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That is awful and actually scary. I wouldn't feel safe or comfortable there. Sounds like I might learn more about you from Forensic Files in a few years. Be careful my friend.

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First off, meth heads, in their pursuit of the next high, lose all touch with

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:25 PM
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the real world and reasonable thought. Then throw in this squatting BS that somehow has allowed striaght-up crazy, low-life people to exploit this effed-up loophole, and we are living in bizzaro world.

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Good description

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:29 PM
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It has been the strangest thing I have ever dealt with.

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Can you squat a squatter?

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:39 PM
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I've seen a number of these stories now where the squatter has more rights than the owner. So what of you decide to be the squatter? Do you then have more rights to your own home over the original squatter?

It's a sad state of affairs when people have to "out-squat" squatters.

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:43 PM
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SC has just past a law preventing this from happening, same in FL

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:56 PM
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What exactly are they preventing? Thanks ahead of time.

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red tape and delays

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Jun 21, 2024, 4:22 PM
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A squatter in FL can claim no right for any reason from the original property owner. Renters have some more rights, but basically you're gone within 48 hours if the owner says so in FL

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:56 PM [ in reply to Re: Can you squat a squatter? ]
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You pretty much would have to let someone live on your property for 10 years without trying to remove them for trespassing, for them to take over you property in SC

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Jun 23, 2024, 11:26 AM
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I think that same rule goes for a neighbor building a shed or fence or even an addition to their house over the property line. You have to address it ASAP, otherwise they can end up effectively moving the property line.

I was in that situation with a shed, installed years before I bought, maybe with permission of the previous owners - no idea. However, new owners dismantled it and I promptly supplied them with a survey, showed them the physical pin locations with a mag locator, and told them not to rebuild anything over the line. I did have to explain how magnetic north changes when they questioned the survey vs a tax map - remarkable how many people don't understand that.

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Jun 21, 2024, 2:59 PM [ in reply to Re: Can you squat a squatter? ]
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I knew Florida did, I'm glad SC did as well. The insanity of giving squatters living/trespassing rights to someone else's property is just dumb. The politicians that fought for the squatters obviously haven't had someone try squatting on their $million home.

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:04 PM
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Ours is not as tight has FL, but like I said earlier if you allow it to happen in SC then it is on you as the property owner not to check on your property and remove them for trespassing, which is what it is, unless you have allowed it to continue for 10 years.

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I may be wrong , but I think New York, at least NYC will not enforce trespassing


Jun 21, 2024, 8:10 PM [ in reply to Re: Can you squat a squatter? ]
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...So, you could be at home and someone could walk in and if you took matters into your own hands...I bet you would be the one going to jail...

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Yet another good reason


Jun 21, 2024, 8:42 PM
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To not live in or even visit NYC.

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Jun 23, 2024, 11:39 AM
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Did you know that the murder rate in NYC is around half of the murder rate in SC? Rates of other crimes are similarly lower.

NYC - 5.3 homicides per 100k population
SC - 11.8 homicides per 100k population. A lot higher than the national average (7.0)

You are far, far more likely to get a timely officer response to a 911 call in NYC than in either Florida or South Caroline. That is why the crime rates are so much lower in NYC.

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Jun 22, 2024, 6:59 AM [ in reply to Can you squat a squatter? ]
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Sadly the American "citizen" and veteran's are treated worse than the dregs of society and "illegal immigrants".

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Re: Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:03 PM
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Make sure you keep some protection with you.

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Jun 21, 2024, 7:35 PM
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I took all of those out of my wallet and stopped using them years ago...

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:04 PM
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Have also heard about increases in property deed fraud. A person with a fake ID is able to have a quit claim deed processed by the county registrar to take ownership of the targeted property. I need to have my deceased wife's name removed from my deed and need to see if I can include restrictions on the new one as to what owner identification documents would have to be shown for a transfer to take place. One I'm thinking about is my DD Form 214, but will discuss the situation with a RE attorney to see what options are possible.

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:31 PM
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Where people get in trouble with stealing of deed is buying a house sight unseen from another state and close on the transaction out of state.

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My attorney says it is a good idea to have an equity line on your house if the

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Jun 21, 2024, 8:12 PM [ in reply to Re: Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with ]
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mortgage is paid off...

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Jun 21, 2024, 11:11 PM
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Thanks, will look into that option.

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:04 PM
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That doesn’t qualify as squatting. SC states he place must be abandoned 5-20 years and in adverse possession by the squatter for 5-20 years. It has to be conspicuous and never challenged by the landowner. You have a case of crazy with trespassing. I’m sure you haven’t signed the C/O (cert. of occupancy) because it sounds like you haven’t done final inspection. I’d have a restraining order filed and possibly consider putting an RV and camping there to keep it safe

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Jun 21, 2024, 3:29 PM
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Sounds like something that would happen in Spartanburg.

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Jun 21, 2024, 7:09 PM
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😂 found the person leaving in the ‘burg. That place is a #### 💩 hole.

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Jun 21, 2024, 7:33 PM
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Sorry drunk

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Jun 21, 2024, 4:17 PM
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Fire a couple of shots in his direction. If that doesn't work, fire a couple of shots in him directly. He'll get the point.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:08 PM
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Amen

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Jun 21, 2024, 4:28 PM
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Man that’s frustrating as hell I know. Meth heads live in an alternate reality. Sounds bad but I wouldn’t have involved the police. Once the law is involved, then he has “rights”.

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Jun 21, 2024, 5:19 PM
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Man Spartanburg is just about as bad as Chicago there is always a murder there on the news. I hate to hear that about your house hopefully the guy gets the message and does not show up again.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:01 PM
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Spartanburg seems to have a great sheriff that doesn't put up with crap.

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Jun 23, 2024, 11:58 AM [ in reply to Re: Just a warning, potential house squatter I am dealing with ]
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In Spartanburg, you are seeing a lot of coverage of the same murders. There are only 4-6 per year.

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Yes, happens a lot in Georgia. They just


Jun 21, 2024, 5:40 PM
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Passed a law in Georgia to make it easier to throw them out. Check out youtube sometimes and see these idiots trying to refuse to leave a property. It is unreal.

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I don't even understand the world any more. Guess what would have happened

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:01 PM
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if somebody tried that with my dad, my uncles, my friend's dads. All WW2 vets who fought Nazis in hand-to-hand combat. They'd choke him out in about 3 seconds and go have a smoke.

edit: Yes I understand laws have changed and this is no longer possible. And that's a shame.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:04 PM
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Dealt with this a couple of years ago. I had been renting a home when the worst of these individuals decided to take advantage of the situation during Covid which exacerbated the situation and were given the right to continue their residency in lieu of having been layed off or lost their job due to Covid

After they removed those protections she continued to live there believing she couldn't be evicted. Even dared me to take her to court.

I decided to just sell.the home and went to court.

The judge basically laughed her out of the courtroom so she decided that's a great time to curse out the judge. Bad idea. Real bad.

These things should not be allowed to happen but such is life.

But the Good Lord blessed me with timing perfection. At the times homes were in huge demand and potential buyers were submitting ridiculous bids. Sold the house the first day it was listed

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I went thru this few years back in rural Cherokee county.

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Jun 22, 2024, 2:51 AM
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I’m overseas so it took while to get back to me some one was in my house. Neighbors and even some family saw the guys and talked with them but they seemed legit just checking on this or looking into that for me. Word got to my brother who immediately talked to me and process started to get rid of them.

They disappeared everything inside. No records, no way to connect to anyone. All cops could do is trespass them, take them in and would be released after processed.

Thing that still ticks me off to this day is everything I accumulated from 20 years overseas is just gone, nothing of real value but memories. My mounts from africa hunt gone. I’m feel my blood pressure rising now.

It is a huge issue if you have to deal with it.

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Good lord man, I feel the pain in your post. I guess I always thought that the


Jun 22, 2024, 3:09 AM
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local cops could easily take care of situations like this. Apparently not, nowadays.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:15 PM
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Definitely sounds like some Sparkle City shenanigans. Sorry you’re having to deal with it.

I find the best squatter repellent to be a 300 Win Mag.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:23 PM
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Get an electric bill for that property ASAP. Read an article that said they scope out the place and get a utility account for the address so they can try prove it’s their home.

All of this business kind of makes you want everyone to have housing, regardless of wealth. No one needs to be outside when there’s millions of empty homes, and builders cannot stop building

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Jun 22, 2024, 2:32 PM
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Where are these millions of empty homes? In fact, in what market have builders overbuilt? I don't think that is a problem.

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Jun 23, 2024, 8:51 PM
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Spread around the country, but mostly in areas that have been losing population. Something like 16 million vacant homes, but a big share are second/vacation homes. More are in between residents, waiting to sell or rent. There are still millions vacant and not for sale or rent, for one reason or another. Almost all of the examples I can think of aren't in shape for people to live in without major work.

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Jun 21, 2024, 6:24 PM
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Sounds like this dude is headed for a really bad landing. He’s gonna be in the wrong place at the wrong time. You are exercising more restraint than a lot of others might.

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Jun 21, 2024, 7:52 PM
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You do keep two good friends with you at all times, don't you? Smith and Wesson. I've got a good friend named Glock.....the 40 cal. fellow.

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Jun 21, 2024, 8:45 PM
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Dang man that is crazy....I'd be packing heat in the future.

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you should have told him there was meth buried

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Jun 21, 2024, 11:27 PM
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under the tree stump in the backyard, you could've had that sucker removed for free.

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Jun 22, 2024, 6:44 AM
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Rent one of those tiny backhoes and dig a "grave" in the front yard (one for each violator). Seeing his potental eternal resting place will cause a man to act right.

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1800s Solution - Rifled Musket Ball To the Face


Jun 22, 2024, 6:57 AM
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1900s Solution - .45 Cal Revolver To the Face
2000s Solution - Woke Court Gives Your Property to a Freak

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Jun 22, 2024, 8:57 AM
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Jun 22, 2024, 1:42 PM
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I wonder if this might be the solution to a squatter that you can't get out of your home. Have it tented for termites.

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Jun 22, 2024, 1:49 PM
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They find squatter butts tasty.

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Jun 22, 2024, 2:43 PM
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Nothing some cold steel can fix. SC’s version of the castle doctrine protects you the homeowner

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May 7, 2017, 3:10 PM
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I bet you can go to the Viaduct under Anderson around Market St. and find a couple of guys who will solve your problem permanently. Cheap.

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Jun 24, 2024, 10:43 AM
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I hope and pray that is the end of the problems with this guy. Even though he was not threatening towards you that could change and obviously this guy is out of his mind on drugs.

His jail stay will be short, they let these types go back into public for whatever reason and continue having issue after issue.

Bring back mental health facilities, fill em up. Meth heads and other druggies on the streets are no good at all. Feel bad for them but being in an institution and not on the streets would be an improvement. Country is swindling away a little more by the day. Charlotte is getting bad, right across street from where I work is an old dog care place that was vacated years back....has turned into a homeless hangout and every single week police and firetrucks are back over there probably saving someone from an overdose of some kind. It is a tough situation since they have no place to go and are all strung out on drugs. The place needs to be bulldozed, looks terrible and property is not being kept up by whoever owns that lot so grass is not being mowed but every month maybe.

Best wishes and may your troubles be at an end now!!

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