I had a young girl ask me for a tampon yesterday after I had already launched into my conventional "I am a 56 year old Sub who gets that you hate me but you need to realize that at some point this disrespect and disdain for me shifts to you at some point. Me being a hideous human being aside, at some point you have to own your evil, I do." Usually middle schoolers sit in abject shock on that one but there is a re-occurring problem in schools across the seventh graders that has many utterly confused and dismayed. I concur.
But aside from their hate and loathing, I see it everywhere. And this week I spent most of it crying for our loss as civilized society, first with the insane ramblings of Donald Trump and then the stories of these elderly women.
The first story is sad. It is tragic. It is grim. This is about a quite functioning elderly woman living in assisted living facility who was murdered by her roommate. Her roommate had quite severe dementia, was violent and aggressive and had a history of problems. Left unattended and after an incident that had already flagged her as a problem she then murdered her roommate. The woman's family of course tied up in the lengthy and often obfuscated agreements buried in the contracts one signs, found that resolution to the matter was not one to be resolved in the courts.
I have written about the new arbitration/mediation garbage that is now in the most innocuous of service agreements to prevent anyone from seeking facts let alone resolution when a conflict occurs. In this case the idea of a criminal case is absurd but the reality is that the facility is and should be forthcoming about the problems, not only to resolve this case, but to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.
But hey this is America and Lawyers want shit buried, next to the old ladies.
Then I read about the poverty scams and the subsequent evictions and how wealthy investors buy homes in foreclosure, then resell them to the original owners; in this case this is where they carry the contract in lieu of a bank and in turn evict them when monthly payments are not met. This follows the the new book Eviction, with regards to the subject, but its author too has a story of his own with regards to the subject. So if you are old, if you are poor and if you are old and poor then it becomes a win-win! And this story below demonstrates again the injustice of aging and poverty in America's new MEllennium.
‘It’s a death sentence': Facing eviction, 97-year-old woman may wind up on streets
The retired bakery worker thought she would live out her days in her ornately furnished cottage, where’s she’s amassed a lifetime’s worth of memories.
But earlier this month, the 97-year-old, who is battling cancer, received an eviction notice, her friends say.
Her landlord gave Hatch 60 days to vacate the home or be thrown out by sheriff’s deputies.
Neither Hatch nor 85-year-old Georgia Rothrock, her roommate of more than three decades, has any relatives to stay with. Surrounded by the most expensive real estate market in the country, both women fear they’ll wind up homeless, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
In Hatch’s weakened state, friends and relatives say, her impending eviction is not just an order to vacate the property — it’s a death sentence.
“They’re trying to take away everything from me here,” Hatch told the Chronicle. “Gee whiz, I don’t know what I’ll do if I have to leave.”
“I have a lot of tears, a lot of happiness, a lot of memories in this house,” she added. “It is my home. Where can I go?”
In San Mateo County — where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom unit is a whopping $3,222 — there’s no easy answer.
Lisa Krieger, a neighbor who has known Hatch since Krieger was a child, suggested that she consider moving into an assisted living facility. But Hatch offered a strident response.
“She says she’d rather go across the street to the train tracks,” Krieger told The Washington Post.
“Meaning, she’ll let a train hit her.”
“She’s fiesty and she’s strong,” Kriger added. “She’s already survived cancer once.”
But after nearly a century of life devoted to labor-intensive jobs and raising children, Hatch has begun to slow. That wasn’t supposed to be a problem.
Her original landlord, a friend named Vivian Kruse, told Hatch she could stay in the home until her death, according to the Chronicle. After Kruse died, the verbal guarantee was passed down to her daughter and then to her granddaughter.
When Kruse’s grandaughter, Pamela Kantz, 55, was murdered in 2006, her husband inherited the property and declared the verbal guarantee dead, according to the Chronicle.
David Kantz told the Chronicle that he and his wife were in the process of getting divorced at the time of her death. Kantz told the paper he feels awful about evicting his 97-year-old tenant, but that it’s his duty to sell the property for his two sons.
“We have come to this unexpected confluence of events, and I am responsible to do the best I can for the beneficiaries — my sons,” he said. “I just kind of inherited this property and the assumptions that weren’t really written down, and now I have to unwind it.”
Kantz doesn’t deny that a verbal agreement between his wife’s family and Hatch existed, but he maintains “there’s no contract” and nothing in his wife’s will directs him to keep the home, he told the Chronicle.
The cottage is currently listed on the real estate website Zillow for $1.2 million, the Chronicle reported.
“I didn’t want to say, ‘We’re going to just throw you out,’ but I thought I would give her plenty of notice,” Kantz told the paper. “There is no one part of this whole thing I don’t feel bad about. I feel bad for the elderly lady, I feel bad for my sons, I feel bad for me.”
Each month, Hatch and her roommate, Roghrock split the $900 rent, which takes a big chunk out of their Social Security checks, according to the Chronicle.
Krieger told The Post that she’s determined to help her friend, though she’s not sure how exactly to do it.
She’s started a GoFundMe page that has raised nearly $30,000 since it was launched on Monday. Reached by phone, she said Hatch was overwhelmed by interview requests and lawyers and wasn’t in a position to speak.
“We only want Marie to be able to stay at home for longer than two months, as she is ill with cancer and in no shape to move,” the crowdfunding campaign’s description reads. “Nor can she afford to move. But if the eviction proceeds, Marie will need money for obvious reasons.”
Krieger said the landlord is underestimating the consequences of his decision to oust Hatch.
“She’s going to lose the will to live,” she told The Post. “It’s a death sentence.”
As news of Hatch’s predicament spread this week, several lawyers offered their services, Krieger said.
The Chronicle reported that Joe Cotchett — “a high-profile civil attorney who represented victims in the Bernard Madoff scandal” — has taken on Hatch’s case pro bono.
He told the newspaper that he believes that Hatch’s landlord must honor the multi-generational verbal agreement made by his wife’s family.
“That woman will not leave her house,” Cotchett said.
One of Cotchett’s partners, Nancy Fineman, who has been in touch with Hatch, told the Chronicle that she believes the crisis can be resolved under wrongful eviction law.
“We will get the oral contract enforced,” Fineman said. “People think they can’t enforce an oral agreement, but they’re wrong.
“When you see this house and you meet Marie — you can see there is a lot of love in that house,” she added. “Fulfilling the promise of being able to live there for life is not charity, it’s the honorable thing to do.”