Thursday, December 1, 2011

Reason #79: Uppity Cops

It was 35 degrees out when police showed up to evict Vinia Hall from her Atlanta home Tuesday morning. That in and of itself probably wouldn't have mattered to them, but as it happens, Vinia Hall is 103 years old.

Though the house is legally owned by Hall's grandson (at least insofar as you can be said to legally own a home that's already three years post-foreclosure), it was inhabited only by Hall herself, who's been there for 53 years, and her 83-year-old daughter (I wonder what a numerologist would think of this story), and as the men who showed up to kick them out were not in fact comic book supervillains, they decided to hell with the bank and let them stay.

Though clearly there's no way in hell JP Morgan Chase, who issued the foreclosure, would dare go through with the eviction in the current anti-bank climate, all they've said on the matter so far is that they'll "work out a resolution to keep them in the home," which is funny to me because it pretends they have a choice.

Amusing aside #1: Deutsche Bank, who actually owns the home, clearly wants to stay as far away from the matter as possible, issuing a statement that “Deutsche Bank was not involved in any way in the decision to seek to evict Mrs. Lee and her daughter. As trustee, Deutsche Bank does not control decisions or actions related to foreclosures or evictions.” Eviction? What eviction? They're just mortgage payments! No biggie!

Amusing aside #2: the incident clearly freaked out the daughter, who had trouble breathing and had to be rushed to the hospital, but Hall herself was unconcerned: "...I knew that they know what they were doing. God don’t let them do wrong." Man, it's too bad God doesn't seem to give a shit about all those other people who have been evicted.

But that, perhaps, is a different topic.

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