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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

I didn't know this, but apparently you can buy a street. That is what a Chinese-born couple living in San Francisco did It looks like it's all legal, above-board and will probably end up being very profitable for the two. And it all happened because a bunch of one percenters living in multi-million dollar homes couldn't be bothered to pay $994 in back-taxes.

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng came across the deal in April 2015 when looking for property bargains in San Francisco. They discovered that the private street had been put up for a city auction because its property homeowners' association hadn't paid the annual $14 county property tax in 30 years.

Presidio Terrace, the most prestigious street in the city, was for sale because of a mere $994 in back-taxes, fines and interest.

The couple, who live in San Jose, put their winning $90,100 bid down without even checking out the property first.

Over the past two years the residents of the gated street have gone about their business, unaware that the asphalt, sidewalks, manicured islands, plants and palm trees surrounding them were now owned by the couple.

In the intervening two years, Lam and Cheng have been looking at ways to monetize their newly acquired plot. Eventually they decided that they could charge 'a reasonable rent' for the 120 parking spaces on the street.

The locals only found out that they'd lost their land when they were contacted to see if they were interested in buying it back. They were not pleased.

But city spokeswoman Amanda Fried was unapologetic.

'Ninety-nine percent of property owners in San Francisco know what they need to do, and they pay their taxes on time,' she said.

Bizarrely,
Lewis

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What is with all of these stories about guys murdering their wives, or in the case of this guy from Bizarre News, faking his own death and escaping to Mexico, just to get away from their wives? Haven't they ever heard of divorce? I've never been divorced, but is it so terrible that faking your death and living in Mexico is the better option???


Shooting yourself with a bow and arrow has got to be a pretty good trick. I mean, it's not like it could go off while he's cleaning it. I can't even imagine how that's possible, unless maybe he shot an arrow straight up into the air and then immediately laid down on the ground to take a nap. Methinks there is some greater stupidity going on.

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