Minneapolis man accidentally boarded in his house

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2009 - 12:00 PM

In many ways, Ted Poetsch's experience is emblematic of the forces that have fastened plywood over so much of the North Side and urban neighborhoods across America.

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cheltyJun. 7, 0910:11 PM

The only thing I disagree with is that the man is not "elderly." He is ONLY 54! However, this is an awful example of what is going on in our backyards. That crew KNEW there WAS someone in there and SHOULD have at least made sure he WAS gone before finishing. But I suppose that would be "too much work" and "not our job."

JestmanJun. 7, 0910:12 PM

54 is now elderly? I guess then that I am middle age and my mother in her late 60's is 10x older than dirt. Yes, I know that is not the point of the story, but the headline led me to believe I would be reading about an infirm 84 year old. Jeez

cheltyJun. 7, 0910:13 PM

The picture says 54, the article says 53. It doesn't much matter, but either is hardly "elderly." The better term would have been disabled.

MellersJun. 7, 0910:51 PM

I'm not sure what version you're reading but the current (11pm Sunday) version doesn't mention him as being elderly.

mitchnmurrayJun. 7, 0911:14 PM

How come guys like this are always disabled? He's got a bum knee and can't work at all because of it? You can't tell me that he couldn't do something. No job, no money, no house. Simple as that.

greekmavJun. 7, 0911:29 PM

This guy made the mistake of not paying his loan off, but was also taken advantage of by sleazy lenders. It sucks that he's disabled, but I see people like that find ways every day to find work because they need to pay their bills. Even though he borrowed against his house, I still think it's wrong that they took the house away on a loan for such a small sum of money. I understand why it's gone, but that doesn't make it right.

wagn0404Jun. 8, 09 8:07 AM

Really? What about the Americans with Disabilities Act?

dthornleyJun. 8, 09 8:10 AM

Poetsch spent his house. Okay, I'm sorry for the man for having made (many) mistakes, and don't want to see him join the ranks of the homeless. Like others, he lived beyond his means on credit cards, and took equity out of his house to pay them off. In addition to losing equity due to housing prices falling, he did not have the physical or financial ability to preserve what equity remained -- and so wound up further spending the house in order to fix the roof. Some people just are not able to own a free house. The poor man obviously has disabilities beyond the hip and knee, but has become accustomed to living for free.

michaelhuntJun. 8, 09 8:56 AM

Here's a guy who hasn't worked for years. He inherits a house for nothing, but runs up enough bills to have to take out a loan. Then he doesn't make payments. This is all before he may have been scammed. Then, despite all linds of notice, he stays in the house while they board it up. I'd like to tell you what I think of this guy, but then they won't publish my comment.

theoracleJun. 8, 09 9:03 AM

I suppose there will be a big lawsuit now from this guy and he'll wind up owning half of North Minneapolis. Maybe comrade Obama will get wind of this story and appoint this guy for the new Squatter Czar. Change you can believe in!


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