Apartment life has its drawbacks, chief among them being neighbors.
You got your nosy neighbors, loud neighbors, pet hoarding neighbors, messy neighbors, sex offender registry neighbors — the list goes on. I once shared a wall with a CNN anchor, which wasn’t so bad, but such victories are rare.
Even rarer than an attractive neighbor is an exploding one, but it does happen.
In Florida, in 2008, condo dweller Judy Rodrigo noticed a smell. Her elderly upstairs neighbor had died and no one noticed.
That’s not so unusual in Florida condos. In fact, the elderly neighbor had moved into the upstairs condo after her mother died there.
In this case, however, after about two weeks passed, the gases in the body built up and caused an “explosion” and “fluid from the ruptured corpse began to seep through the floor and into [Rodrigo's] apartment,” the Broward-Palm Beach New Times tells us.
This prompted a visit by emergency workers, who opened the neighbor’s door and found her puppy had eaten much of her.
The condo association paid to gut the dead woman’s apartment, but Rodrigo said the stink in her home remained. When the association’s insurance wouldn’t pay for new drywall and other fixes, Rodrigo had the work done herself and asked her insurance company to pay for it.
The insurance company refused, saying Rodrigo’s policy didn’t cover a neighbor’s exploding body.
Rodrigo sued her insurance company, and, after 6 years of legal wrangling, lost.
Good fences, along with leak-proof floors and walls, make for good neighbors, as Robert Frost almost said.
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