A homeless man turned his bad situation into an entrepreneurial opportunity. As most homeless people do, this man resided under an overpass, but, he soon got sick of his surroundings and decided to make it a little more visually appealing. What used to be a shabby tent and tattered sleeping bag is now his personal paradise. He furnished it with a make-shift jacuzzi and four-poster bed, and now it’s become a viral hit! Still…it’s an unlikely tourist attraction.
Ceola Waddell Jr, 59, began residing in the underpass in L.A.’s freeway about six months ago.
Since, he’s foraged two porcelain toilets, discarded refrigerators, couches and two beds to transform the subpar space into his personal refuge.
Even though the video of his dwelling became a viral hit on social media, city officials will likely make Waddell Jr leave his makeshift residence. There are still rules in society, and if they let one guy do it, they would have to let everyone, before you know it, the city would look like trash, not fair to the people who work hard for a living and pay taxes for the city to look presentable.
Officials say the site is dangerous and that Waddell Jr has turned down their offers for help. In a virtual tour posted to Facebook earlier this month, the cheery vagrant described the spot as ‘Paradise Lane’.
‘You have now entered Paradise Lane. Let me give you a little tour.’
‘This here is my jacuzzi, it holds 10 gallons of water. All it is is a refrigerator on its bottom. I’m being innovative,’ he stated in the clip.
Introducing his bedroom: ‘Come on down, you have now entered the man cave. This is where my quarters are.’ he carried on.
In the ‘guest room’, another bed, ‘jacuzzi’ and toilet could be found.
Waddell Jr. rents out his extra room and a tent for $25 each a week to other homeless people in the area.
Signing off in the video, he said: ‘So welcome to L.A. and welcome to Paradise Lane.’
It was viewed thousands of times, prompting the Los Angeles Times to pay Waddell Jr. a visit.
The newspaper discovered him selling hot dogs to passers-by during its visit and described how tourists visited to take selfies with the man.
Explaining his impressive designs for the stretch of road, Waddell Jr. said: ‘ I decided I wanted to live like everybody else, make me something nice that I wanted to come home to.
‘If I was in the Arctic I’d make me an igloo.’
‘I refuse to let the city beat me down to what they think a homeless person’s profile is, living on cardboard.’
However, City officials said they’ve received calls twice from surrounding residents about the site and have dismantled twice it.
Waddell Jr. has been offered help and housing many times but he refused it. As cool as this is, it isn’t fair to the people who live in homes near the area, their value goes down as the neighborhood gets trashier, they pay taxes on the money they earn, this man, as little as it may be, pays no taxes on renting his little space out. Rules in society need to be followed in order for society to continue to be presentable.
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