He Built A Secret Home In A Mall, And Lived There For 4 Years Before Being Discovered

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This is the amazing story of the guy who built a secret home in the corner of a mall and lived there for 4 years before being discovered!
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Jimmy The Stinkstick
Jimmy The Stinkstick
I once slept in the back storage area of the Walmart I worked at for just over two years. I slept on the top shelf of the sports section storage. Surrounded my sleeping bag with large exercise equipment that basically never sold. Had an extension cord ran up to my little cubby hole for my lamp. Had a membership to the local YMCA for showering. Despite there being cameras watching that area I was never caught & saved enough money to move into my own place.
Angel MacCarthy
Angel MacCarthy
I've been saying for years- given how many malls are failing and half (or more) empty... we should be making malls micro-towns. Convert some of that space to apartments, bring in more utility shopping (groceries, necessities, etc), and entertainment places. Make them a little town within the town.
BOLLOCKS1968
BOLLOCKS1968
My first job was mall security. I let a homeless man live in a shelter he had made out of cardboard destined for the bailer. Technically it was outside ... but sheltered by two cement walls. I honestly think 80 % of the people who worked in the Mall knew about him. The Greek Restaurant would bring him food everyday, blankets from the Bargain Basement, so I definitely believe that security knew what was going on. Great story! Cheers ✌
Eldon Ladner
Eldon Ladner
When I was 12 years old, I ran away from home. I didn't know where to go where I wouldn't be found, and ended up at the nearest mall . This was 42 years ago. They didn't have mall cops and security cameras back then. All they had was a security vehicle driving around the parking lot. When it came close to closing time, I hid under one of the beds in one of the department stores. Once they closed and everyone left, I got out from under the bed and explored around the mall. Most stores had the roll-up chain link type of doors to separate them from the rest of the mall. The department store I stayed in had automatic glass doors leading to the mall- just a flip of a switch disables/enabled them. I'd flip the switch and go out into the mall and take all of the silver coins out of the water fountain. I guess people threw coins in the fountain to make a wish or something like that... But that's how I ate. During the day I would go to the electronics department and watch cartoons. Some adults would ask me, "Aren't you supposed to be in school?" and "Where are your parents?"I'd always say, "I had a doctor's appointment this morning and I have an excused absence", and "My mom is shopping and told me to stay here and watch TV until she comes back." I was able to stay almost 3 weeks, and the only reason I got caught is because my parents kept doing media blitzes about a "missing child". Someone in the mall recognized me and called the police. I tried telling the police I had a dentist appointment and my mom was shopping and she'd be right back. The police had my picture and didn't believe me. I was busted. The local news did a story on me and how a 12 year old can live in the mall for 3 weeks undetected. LOL True story and I'll never forget it!
Returning Shadow
Returning Shadow
After ten years and the fact that malls these days are closing down and different mall security personnel have changed, I think Mike can safely go into that mall without worry.
Brooke Boots
Brooke Boots
I remember when this happened and I live 20 min from Providence Place. The place is MASSIVE......it's like its own town. I'm not surprised it went unfound for so many years. With all the homelessness in the world you would think this could be an answer. I'm grateful that the judge didn't lock Michael up. He's a legend in these parts.
guffmulderEOD3119
guffmulderEOD3119
I was a Security Manager at a large shopping mall in Sydney. There were number of large, yet commercially unusable spaces across the site. There were some spaces that are only accessible via public areas in the multi level carpark. These areas would have homeless people staying in them, especially during Winter and wet weather. I always made it a point to conduct welfare checks on them, ask how they were doing and depending on the time of the day or night, buy them a coffee or a hot meal and sit down with them and have a chat. These people NEVER caused any problems and would move on after a few days, also they cleaned up after themselves, unlike some of our other customers......................
Akow
Akow
one of the last malls I worked at in 2004 was being torn down. I worked at a free-standing movie theater, that wasn't being torn down. After all the stores closed " maybe 10 stores that were still open out of 50 storefronts" the mall manager let a few of us go in a few weeks before it was torn down and let us take things left behind. There was a crew in there tearing down fake walls put in front of stores that's been closed for years. they found 5 stores closed up full of house items. People were living in them. One of the people caught said he lived in the mall for over 10 years and a family said they lived there for 3 years. They found other stores where people lived at some point in time. The guy that lived there for 10 years worked in the mall until his store closed 4 years before. He said he got kicked out of his and didn't have a place to go and one night he was taking the trash to the dumpster via the back hallways and noticed a back door to a store open. He knew that store has been empty for years and it had power, running water, and a bathroom. He meant to stay a short time until he could save up but ended up staying. He was friends with some of the guards and they knew he was staying there.
Neil Roy
Neil Roy
I honestly see no harm done. I mean, if the space went unused by the owners for FOUR YEARS and the people using it done no harm to the mall but actually purchased stuff from it, how much of a threat to the mall could they be?! I think the owners just had their pride hurt. The judge made the right decision. I see FAR too many places left empty when there are homeless people that could use them.
Greg Heaney
Greg Heaney
As a life long Rhode Islander, I applauded this kid's efforts and ingenuity in building a condo inside a mall. It prompted other malls in Rhode Island and nearby Bristol County, Massachusetts to search for "hidden condos". I do not know the results, though, but I still applaud those who find the time and energy to build such "complexes".
Tom McCormack
Tom McCormack
True story. I was once a security guard at a hospital. I was homeless living in my car. Most of the hospital was not being used. I lived in a wing of the hospital that wasn't open. Free bed with bathroom, shower, TV with cable. Phone. Free parking and free security, ha ha. I ate my meals in the cafeteria and received a discount. This lasted for the whole year that I worked there. No sneaking around. I had an access badge and key.
Drew Lawrence
Drew Lawrence
Loving this story. I'm someone who always keeps an eye out for hidden spaces or forgotten liminal areas created accidentally in between where pedestrians are 'supposed' to walk, and I'm always surprised how easy it is for rooms like this to stay hidden in plain sight.
winterburden
winterburden
Having been a security guard for over 20 years I can tell you that secret apartments are fairly common, and we're far more likely to use them than to report them.
Tené A. Buckner
Tené A. Buckner
I love the comments on this story. Homelessness is tragic and these folks have used ingenuity, and creativity to carve out a place for a basic standard of living, and a roof over their heads. I am thoroughly intrigued, and say kudos to all for at least trying.
Karla Brintley
Karla Brintley
First of all, THAT was the coolest story I've heard in a long time. big UP to Michael for brainstorming it and making it happen. I'm glad the judge let him off with a misdemeanor, too. That mall probably was making money hand over fist. With the plight of the homeless being what it is these days, big real estate ventures should be required to either use some of their space for affordable housing or be required to help the city build affordable housing as part of their contract.
My Mystical Channel
My Mystical Channel
People being forced out of their homes so parking lots can be built or another pointless mall is a crime. I agree with the judge mostly...although I would have let him go completely free. Using unused space in a way that gives a human shelter is a space well used.👍
Tony Tony
Tony Tony
I was an R.A at a university in the male dorm, and had all the keys to all the rooms. One time I met this guy who was poor and lost his apartment, so I just gave him one of the keys,to an empty room, and told him not to tell anyone. He lived there over a year, had a shower, sink, t.v. etc.... It didnt hurt nobody, and that guy was so thankful everytime he saw me.
Michael The spikel
Michael The spikel
As a former Mall security guard I can tell you for sure we know every nook and cranny and this place was used as a sleeping area away from the boss. New guys are always trouble
dopeymark
dopeymark
I worked as a building engineer in a high-rise condo for many years. The original plans called for two boiler rooms, but the condominium as built only had one. There was a massive unused space on the property, filled with mounds of dirt. Myself and two of my cohorts dug most of the dirt. We framed a floor, and a plywood subfloor in one section. We ran electricity and plumbing. We enclosed the space by framing out a small room and putting up walls. We put in a sink and an electric cooktop. We put in two couches and a television and a microwave. All of us enjoyed it as a break room for many years. All of us also lived there for sometimes months at a time. There was a bathroom right down the hall on the lower floor of the condominium where you could use the toilet and take a shower. It's still there to this day.
Painted Ladder
Painted Ladder
Everyone's stories are great!! I've spent twice the time of the vid reading your adventures of necessity and ingenuity. I'd love a channel featuring this kind of stuff. I've always been fascinated by the potential of secret rooms and unused spaces. Fortunately I have never relied on one to be housed, so my only story that comes to mind is during my year in the dorms of college. I would often wander the halls of the old main building late at night. As an introvert I think I just needed space. I'd rarely see anyone else of the thousand other students, I guess they slept like normal people. I found alot of interesting hallways and rooms that seemed unused in this old building.
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