Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Really Don't Know How To Read This One...

#1 Blogdaughter sends in a head-scratcher...

Hoarder dies in Connecticut after 1st floor collapses into basement under weight of clutter
Police in Connecticut say a hoarder has died after the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

Authorities say 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell was found dead in her Cheshire home Saturday, a day after a postal carrier called police to request a welfare check because her mail was piling up.
Uh, 'MURICA? I suppose it's a true #firstworldproblem, in that you're accumulating so much stuff that it causes your domicile to have structural failure... Now, the story is really just a quick blurb, so there's not a lot to go on, but given that it was a postal carrier that called in the wellness check, I'm guessing that this wasn't a particularly social person...

Folks, if you have so much crap that your floor gives way, you need to re-examine your priorities. Or at the very least move to a single-floor dwelling on a concrete pad rather than a house with a foundation.

Now, I can somewhat empathize. We had trouble divesting of past items in our house in MA - the fact that we needed not one but two 30 yard dumpsters to get rid of junk, on top of donating a LOT of stuff to charity (you know those donation dumpster things for clothes? We filled THREE of them. THREE). But so much stuff the floor collapsed? Not so much.

Now, the garage, OTOH... 

That is all.

10 comments:

Glenn B said...

Have you ever seen the inside of a hoarders home? Sometimes you have to climb over mounds of trash (their treasure) to get to the next room. It is a sickness with some people and a healthy bit of collecting with others. I don't know what it stems from but I do know that if I had had the money my floors would have collapsed years ago under the weight of guns and ammo.

Anonymous said...

Look up the Collier brothers.

It is a real sickness that these folks have to have treated. Before it kills them like it did the Colliers.

Joseph in IL

harp1034 said...

It is easy to accumulate good stuff that we hardly ever use if at all. The years go by and you wonder what I am I doing with all this junk?

Old NFO said...

Glenn is right. I know one family that literally bought the house next door because they had so much crap... and have apparently now filled THAT house!

Dave H said...

I lived a couple doors down from a couple who were hoarders. Their family stepped in and rescued them by convincing them to move into a retirement home where people could keep an eye on them. When the family cleaned out their home - a mobile home - it took at least two 10 yard dumpsters, and they were filled mostly with old newspapers tied into bundles.

Packrats like me hold onto things that have value, or at least had value at one time. But hoarders hold onto everything, even if it's worthless.

Bubblehead Les. said...

So how much .22LR did they find?

Anonymous said...

Did she have a neck beard?

Gerry

Skip said...

Heh, I can still get the towncar in the garage and open the doors. The loading benches do need to expand.
I just comfered and she said no.
Sigh.

ZerCool said...

A million years ago I went on an EMS call for a possible stroke. Law enforcement had been sent on a "check the welfare" and found the patient semi-conscious. They had to force open and crawl in a window to reach the patient. We had to take the entire window out to remove the patient from the house.

It wasn't a large house - perhaps a thousand square feet - but the entire thing was 3-5 feet deep with "stuff". A few inches-wide paths to navigate from room to room, but nothing more.

Terrifying.

Laura said...

mental illness is a hell of a thing.