Skip to comments.Woman, Toddler Found Living in Filthy Storage Unit
Posted on 02/13/2014 4:20:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
A woman has been arrested after a toddler she was caring for was found inside a filthy storage unit with no water and little food.
Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested the 44-year-old woman on Wednesday. She faces a felony child neglect charge.
The woman was living there, too, not just the toddler. I’d feel more sympathy for her if it weren’t for the two bottles of vodka.
There has got to be a story here. More likely the woman needs therapy or mental health counseling than jail.
In this day and age with section 8, food stamps and 70+ other programs how could anyone live that way?
I’ve often wondered if it would be possible to live by renting a storage unit. I don’t know how you would manage the sneaking in and out, and avoiding having a light show. You’d have to haul water in and out somehow. But at least it wouldn’t be freezing—you wouldn’t die of cold.
You would be surprised at how difficult it can be for a formerly middle-class person to get state assistance of any kind.
Um , toileting? Or were you including depends in your lifestyle??
I’ve heard of men who did live in them. Just having stored stuff in there, I’d have a hard time with the heat and air.
If you are white, often you won’t qualify. Seriously. I had a DES employee tell me that to my face.
I watch the tv show Hoarders....its unbelieveable what filth some people live in. They don’t even care, it is just a collection to them. Serious mental disorder.
I lived in my car for a little while, in New York, and very nearly got a storage unit so I could park there in the evenings for safety.
Lots of people go through poor times. I was living on a few hundred dollars per month.
Now I have cars in storage...
Fortunes change as long as there is a whiff of freedom to be found.
My wife told of meeting a gal at the homeless tent city. For awhile she tried to survive on the streets with her kids. It was a good night if she could find an empty porta-john that was extra large so she and her kids could spend the night inside a locked area.
She finally gave the kids up to foster homes (temporarily?) so she could live in the tent city (kids aren’t allowed).
We are thinking of something different. I meant the kind of warehouse building where you rent a space to store the junk you can’t gt into your apartment or house. These buildings are heated and air-conditioned to some extent. I was in one, and the air was cool but not cold. There was an electrical outlet and a light in each rental unit. The limiting factor is that you have to check in and out past a security guard, who is going to notice if you go in every evening and don’t check out. There are high cyclone fences around these places.
Wondering the same thing. I'm usually pretty unsympathetic to boozers, but this is one of those moments when the quiet, but persistent nagging voice of Jesus won't let me brush it off as just another story about human refuse.
Swear to God.
Yes, it’s do-able. Pay for a climate-controlled unit with 24-hour access. Go out and about during the day (mall). Return to the unit after-hours. Wash in the bathroom sink. Run an extension cord for your TV and X-Box. Sleep, then get out before the office opens in the morning. Happens regularly at my company. As long as the unit gets paid for and the “tenant” doesn’t “reside” there during business hours, can’t do much about it unless you stay after hours to catch them.
I’ve known some hoarders. #2 son was just telling us about the mother of one of his friends. We suggested he move out, and he said, “I could go over to Vinnie’s house, excavate a den in the Stuff, and they’d never know I was there.” (Until they noticed their food disappearing, of course.)
My daughter and her husband applied for “assistance”. They just had a baby, he was very unexpectedly laid off for a while, now an electrician’s apprentice, doesn’t make a ton but he’s working. They’re behind on bills, living with us and trying to get ahead, but it’s hard to catch up these days. We can’t help other than offer them a place to live.
They were offered a whopping $15 a month, even though they put “other” on the application (both are white/native American). I figure the “person in charge” took one look at our address (in a predominately white, middle-class Philly suburb) and that was that.
I remember a story about how because commercial real estate was going for such a premium, that some small business owners would have their call centers set up in storage units.
Phone lines, etc. were run in, and they were climate controlled.
At the time, the story was: "How terrible that a business can't afford to rent office space. Here's to American ingenuity."
Now the story is, "What a lucky woman. Getting to tuck her kid in at night. Thank goodness for high unemployment!"
I'm living in bizzaro world.
I was a “victim” of Hurricane Katrina and still couldn’t get food stamps. They as much as told me that middle-aged white men pay for benefits, they don’t receive them.
Yep. That was what I discovered.
I’m asking around now because I’m balanced on a knife-edge. I got laid off from both of my part-time jobs, both layoffs indirectly due to Obamacare. I am either going to be able to sell my house fast and be fairly comfortable, or I am going to get foreclosed on and be homeless. Trying to make plans. Thank goodness I no longer have young children to worry about.
Good on ya!!!
A tent city has recently developed in the woods near me in Memphis. I’m not sure how many people are living there, but I know there are men and women and dogs. I hope there are no children. Last week I saw two men hauling a load of pallets back there in a shopping cart, likely for firewood. They don’t look like drunks and drug users. They look to be formerly middle class who have gone bust and now have no idea where to turn.
I’m also noticing more people who appear to be living in their cars.
I hate what has become of our nation. I despise these politicians wedded to wicked ideologies that do nothing but destroy and impoverish.
I hear you. The woman has issues.
I am sorry to read of your troubles. I know of many in your situation, trying to sell homes before they are foreclosed and living on the edge, through no fault of their own. (not people who got “forced” loans which they knew they could not pay back)
We are blessed, in knowing if worse comes to worse, we have extended family (3 generations) close by and we can all commune in the largest home if need be. Not ideal, but not our car.
It gets cold
That doesn’t surprise me. They give out disability like candy for “bipolar” and my brother has real issues with it and can’t hardly get a hearing in the past year.
Puzzling, though. It does not say how she is related to the child she was “caring for”. Strange reporting. Poor little one.
I agree. Hopefully the child gets to go somewhere with predictable sanitation.
too white for welfare?
Sorry to hear that, and hope conditions reverse.
$15? Is that to insult them, without really providing help?
There are lots of people who’ve never heard the saying about “meeting a man with no feet”. It’s tough out there. Especially for those over 50. I feel blessed that my wife and I have enough to live comfortably. I hope your kids can get out of the hole.
I just said a prayer for you, friend.
That seems to be their problem. I can’t imagine what it is like for a white person to get assistance in Memphis.
I took it as an insult.
The woman on the phone pretty much told my daughter to “fib” and say we were charging them $500 a month rent, an maybe they could get a whopping 17 bucks a week!
At that point it was like FU! we’ll eat hot dogs, mac & cheese and brown rice and beans like we used to back when my hubby was a 2-striper in the Air Force before we come to you again.
Thank you. “The prayers of a righteous one availeth much.” I appreciate it.
Lived in a 42 footer for 2+ years in Iraq. Even had a roommate at the other end. Bullet-proof, with a full bathroom in the center. Pretty sweet for Camp Victory. Incoming mortars were a bit stressful when they walked the nearby LZ. And I HEARD Paki and Indian nuke tests coming up from the ground while trying to get to sleep in the hooch. Sounded like a huge sledgehammer hitting a metal floor 100’ away. Hurt my ears!
I was homeless for awhile in the mid 80s. I came very close to suicide. Prayer kept me going a few minutes at a time. It was a long climb out of that hole. I’m grateful today.
The other night as I was walking home, I saw a twentysomething man, healthy and able-bodied, at the locked gate of a fenced-off area surrounding a freeway berm. He pulled on a watch cap and a hard hat with a light on it, and climbed over the fence. That area has had several postings by police warning people to abandon illegal campsites. This fellow found a good hideaway out of sight of police. He'd likely stashed his bedroll and tent deep in the undergrowth (which, outside of the locked gate, had previously provided shelter for other transients and has since been cut down).
Lifting you in prayer. Sorry to hear of your troubles. Praying things turn around, fast.
I wonder if ‘Storage Wars’ would do a show where one of its unit had a homeless mom and kids in it. I heard the news about her, Naples is an upper income area.
Those trailers look like it’s for the upper income people. The trailers should be 1930s vintage.
Those are older trailers, probably 1960’s or early 70’s. The newer ones can be very nice. I sold them about 12 years ago and there were several models I’d have no problem living in.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.