HR Strange But True!
November 08, 2001

For 26 years, Eddie Rezendez and his family have lived rent-free in a two-story house on the grounds of Sunrise Elementary School in Los Angeles.

The retired custodian has enjoyed the perk in exchange for working as a night watchman at the school. But after 31 campus burglaries over four years, school officials decided to fire Rezendez.

That was two years ago.

Since then, they have tried repeatedly to evict him from the house, where he lives with eight other family members and keeps eight dogs in the yard, just feet from a day care center and classrooms.

Unable to force the family out, the district will now pay Rezendez $5,000 to move by Dec. 31.

Rezendez, 52, told the Los Angeles Times that he doesn't understand the action. He said he performed his watchman duties well.

"It's a big conspiracy to get rid of me," he said. "It's kind of sad to get up and leave because somebody doesn't like you. All I ever did was help people."

Source: Los Angeles Times

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