We’ve heard a great deal about squatters recently, as apparently this whole “rent” thing has become passe.

Now all you really need to move in somewhere is the nerve to break the locks and something a gullible policemen will buy as a reasonable excuse for why you’re there. Wish I’d known this when I was in college.

However, this story has a twist. We normally hear about squatters in America’s answer to Mosul, Detroit. While Florida might have taken the mantle as America’s weirdest state, there’s yet to be a major squatter epidemic there. However, that didn’t stop a couple of ex-cons from moving into a serviceman’s house.

According to The BlazeArmy Spc. Michael Sharkey and his wife haven’t inhabited their Florida home in two years, because the couple has been stationed abroad.

However, that didn’t mean that they didn’t have tenants, since Julio Ortiz and his girlfriend Fatima Cardoso moved in and changed the locks.

Ortiz told WFLA-TV that he had a “verbal contract” with the person looking after the house (which is more or less worth the paper it was printed on) that they could live there if they did unspecified work. Surprise of surprises, the person looking after the house denies it.

“I don’t want problems,” Ortiz said. “We’re not doing anything wrong.” (Ortiz’s use of the word “wrong” may perhaps remind you of a scene from The Princess Bride.)

Ortiz apparently has a long history of misjudging what society considers “wrong.”

According to court records, he’s been convicted of robbery, carjacking, and selling drugs on school property.

While Sharkey tried to evict them through the court system, they were denied on the basis that Ortiz had established residency.

I don’t quite get how one establishes residency without paying a single rent check, but alas.

However, Ortiz misjudged one thing – how Americans of all stripes respond to an affront to one of our veterans.

According to Lauren Price of Veterans Warriors, a lawyer volunteered to help evict the duo pro bono.

Then, two motorcycle clubs decided to “peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable” by riding over to the residence on Sunday.

According to WFLA, that was that for Ortiz, who packed up and vamoosed.


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