Cash-strapped Calif. cops hire homeless man to watch over cemetery
Homeless man will live in a city-leased trailer on the property and try to deter vandalism
Los Angeles Times
MARYSVILLE, Calif. — In exchange for a roof over his head, a cash-strapped police department in Northern California has recruited a homeless man to be the caretaker at a vandalism-prone cemetery.
The city of Marysville, about 45 miles north of Sacramento, has sustained $28,000 in damage over the last year at its historic cemetery. Now, Donald "Shortstack" Oliver will live in a city-leased trailer on the property and try to deter any future vandalism.
Oliver has already cleared away years of brush in his first week on the job. He'll keep a watch out for vandals at the cemetery, which is next to a high school and popular bike trail, and call police if he sees anything suspicious.