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Update: The Hurricane Sandy Squatter Who Wouldn’t Leave Has Finally Left The Building

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Some of you asked for an update on the story we ran a couple of weeks ago about Philadelphia homeowner Melissa Frost’s struggle to get rid of a violent squatter from her property. A day after our article ran, the Philadelphia City Paper also ran a piece on the case, and identified the man as Jamison Bachman. In the piece, Bachman explained his tactic of having Melissa file charges against him, incurring the filing costs, which then allowed him to file countersuits for free. He also openly admitted that even if a judge were to issue a judgement requiring he pay Frost in damages, “I don’t have any assets in Pennsylvania, so if I decide that I don’t want to pay that judgment, she has to try to come after me. It becomes so expensive for her.

Frost now reports that after two months of living in her house rent- and utilities-free, Bachman has vacated the premises. Not without leaving a mess behind, of course … Would you like to see what a toilet full of cat poop looks like? I thought so…

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True Story: Woman Invites Hurricane Sandy Refugee To Stay With Her, He Gets Violent And Refuses To Leave

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Warning: This story is probably going to enrage you. Part-time New Yorker Melissa Frost — full disclosure: she’s a friend of mine — wanted to help out the victims of Hurricane Sandy and she conveniently had a vacant room in the house she owns in Philadelphia. So when a 55-year-old man got in touch with her about renting out a room, she was all too happy to let him move in. “I got a response to the ad for the house from this guy saying he had been displaced by Sandy, and was still in Rockaways with no heat,” Frost told The Frisky. “He had pets and a seemingly good Internet persona–well educated, 55 … a reasonable adult.” Since her house happened to be unrented at the moment, “I told him it could be a good layover spot while he looked to find permanent housing.”

But no good deed goes unpunished.

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