According to this article in the Hastings Star Gazette, a Hastings man arrived at his trailer home around 1:30 AM to find about $1000 in damage so he did what any good, red blooded American would do and started drinking for nearly five hours to calm down before reporting the damage to police.
From the article:
Holes were punched in the drywall and the kitchen was destroyed.
He told officers he wanted to make the report so that he wouldn’t be blamed for the damages. He was being kicked out of the residence the next day for not paying rent, he said.
No footprints were visible in the snow outside the residence.
I don’t know about you but nothing makes me more level-headed and calm than five hours of drinking in the wee hours of the morning after being out until 1:30 AM, especially if I was being evicted that day. This story just makes me feel bad for the guy–especially that he did everything he could to ensure he wasn’t going to be blamed for the damage and, wouldn’t you know it, he still is. Poor guy! But hey, he should look at it this way: while he doesn’t have any money for rent, he at least has enough money for booze. The man hasn’t kept him down from that one yet.
What do you think about this one? How common of an occurrence is this sort of damage when people are evicted or lose their homes to the banks? As someone who saw homes for sale at the height of the foreclosure deal recently, it was fairly common to see high-priced homes completely and utterly destroyed inside by the previous owners. Do you think they were prosecuted for how often it was happening? Do you think this guy was framed? The police sweeping away other footprints in the snow to pin it on him? Does drinking for five hours calm you, especially in the middle of the night? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.