This is an actual situation but all names and places are hidden in my brain to keep the world as safe as I possibly can.
My friend’s mother, we shall call her Granny (she would hate this) but she is in her 70’s and a grandma so it does fit. Besides she is a pistol packing Granny which reminds me of Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies and I wonder What would Granny do?
Granny is a landlord. One of her properties was a restaurant. A great couple ran the restaurant for a very long time but they left it to relatives. The relatives dropped further and further behind in their payments until she finally had to say enough. She had her handyman go with her to change the locks. All they found inside was rotten food and drug paraphernalia. The tenants showed up and tried to threaten the handyman. Luckily he was big like Jed and it didn’t bother him. The tenants (we can assume but allegedly) came back at night to break all the windows and steal anything not nailed down. Granny filed a police report and replaced the windows. Soon the window were all smashed back out so she boarded it up and filed another police report.
Granny likes to travel and left town on vacation. She came home to find all the windows in her home smashed out! She filed a police report, doubled up her security system and went back out of town for another trip. She returned to find her windows all broken out again. The tenants (allegedly but let’s face it once a fluke – twice a pattern) had thrown large rocks smashing all her windows again. After filing yet again another police report, she had a video survilance system put up. In addition, she had steel doors put on all her doors. My friend and I are completely against these doors because you have to have a key to get OUT! What if they throw a fire bomb or something? So scary. She went back out of town and came back to find they went behind her house and broke all her garage windows. Another police report. But what the heck is Granny to do??
The police have not/will not/can not find enough evidence to do anything about this problem. A 70+ year old woman is being terrorized! We are sure she keeps traveling because she is afraid to be home alone. What if she happens to be there the next time they hit? When my friend called for advice all I had was, “You know what she needs…Michael Weston from Burn Notice. He would take care of those a**es!” Made my friend laugh but it doesn’t solve the problem.
I find it hard (but not impossible) to believe a Granny can be tormented in today’s day and age and there is nothing to be done about it. Even if they were arrested it is simply vandalism and/or theft. That doesn’t fetch much time. If it was my mother, I’m afraid I would already be in jail. I would taken my pink baseball bat and gone to have a conversation with them. Rational? No but can you fight irrational with rational? At this point, they have lost the restaurant. They have vandalized it twice and her home three times. What do they have to gain at this point? Nothing but sheer pleasure from tormenting an old woman.
Anyone out there have some advice? Maybe you know a real life Michael Weston, who has a soft spot for helping out Grannies? If it was your Granny, what would you do? I think I know the answer to the question of what would Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies do. She would use her shotgun and have this thing sorted in seconds. If only real life was as simple as TV.