Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Heck She Might As Well Come Live With Us

Woman lives in man’s closet for a year in Japan.

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A homeless woman who sneaked into a man's house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food began disappearing.

Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man's closet and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town said Friday.

People seem to be amazed that it took this guy a year to realize someone else was living in his house. I'm not amazed. It could happen easily at our pad.

They should check out our house. I have no idea of the exact number of people that are in my house at any one time. It’s always in flux (that’s my word of the day – it’s fun to have a word).

For example just this past week on Wednesday night Caleb had 2 friends over and Alex had 6 over. Then on Thursday night Caleb had 2 friends spend the night. And this dude from Japan thinks his food disappears? Please! He should see my grocery bill.

Half the time I don’t even know if someone is over. I'll come walking out of my bedroom at night to check on the house and the kids, and people are over hanging out, watching TV etc... It can make it kind of embarrassing when I’m wearing just my underwear – for the other people not me.

And living in the closet undetected is no big deal either. When Caleb was 8 he decided he didn’t like sharing a bedroom with his older brother. So he cleaned out the coat-closet under the stairs. You know the kind, narrow with the sloping ceiling. He put a sleeping bag and pillow in there. He ran an extension cord in there and hooked up a small lamp and a CD player. He put in a little shelf to hold books and CD’s and things.

He lived in there for months until we got him to come out of the closet…so to speak.


Anonymous said...

Have you ever left one of your children behind somewhere? I think that would make a great post. (Great- funny, I mean. All the big families I know have done it at one time or another.)

Catherine said...

Us, we can't lose anyone, we're only five! Our apartment is too small for someone to be hidden somewhere without being detected, walking on him/her. Our european fridge ae even too small not to notice a squatter. So, it's less funny here because we can't do otherwise than knowing precisely who is in.

Anonymous said...

The underwear thing...my dad used to do that on purpose. We girls knew that dad would make a trip down the stairs to the fridge in his tighty whiteys exactly at curfew if we had a fella over.

Anonymous said...

The story about the lady who lived secretly in a guy's closet might be hard to believe. However, we found a guy living in the upper shelf of a closet in the lower church hall area of St. Ann's in Tenleytown, Wash., DC back in 1990 or so. He was hired briefly, proved to be a thief (broke into the church safe) and disappeared. The police came over a few days later to let us know that a guy wearing a cassock had robbed the local bank. Sure enough, one was missing from the altarboy lockers! About a year later our maintenance man found the same guy living in the lower hall closet. There was no telling how long he had been around. There was a refrigerator, stove and tv available for his private use. He had made himself at home!

I am also reminded of the recent news story about the fellow who had a girl friend sitting on the pot for years in the bathroom. He brought her food and only called authorities when she got sick. The skin of her bottom had grown around the commode basin and she had to be surgically extracted!

Goodness! There are some real nuts about... poor things.

I used to think as a child that sinister monsters and things lived in my closet and under the bed. I suppose most kids think such things. Even as a priest I take no chances, and sprinkle holy water and apply a crucifix to the inside of closets when I bless houses. One cannot be too careful... boo!