A squeaky noise caused me to look out the window where I saw a mature man in a red singlet pushing a trolley along the footpath opposite. He took it behind the garages of the abandoned flats, then went into a stairwell. We’ve had new graffiti there, and a fire some weeks ago, so I debated whether I should take any action, like calling the police. Stephen assured me that older men don’t do graffiti. While I was watching, the man came out again and I quickly snapped a photo in case of later problems.
He then went into another stairwell, and was seen no more. While I wasn’t watching continually I thought I would have heard his squeaky trolley if he’d taken it away again, so I wonder whether perhaps he may be squatting there. The power has been disconnected, and I’m not sure whether the water’s still on. We don’t have a contact for the owners, and CERA is interested only in red-zoned houses. If the man is a homeless squatter he’s not doing any harm, and so I’m not doing anything, except filing my photo just in case. What would you do in these circumstances?
“If he’s a man without a home
he’s better there than on the roam.”