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Houston Property Owner Using Tombstones As Scarecrows For Homeless People

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Not many people would enjoy sleeping in a graveyard. Between watching Scooby Doo as kids and Stephen King movies as adults, graveyards are tattooed in our minds as creepy places where black cats, moving shadows, and “what was that?!” sounds are the frightening norm.

One Houston property owner is hoping the city’s homeless population is as scared of graveyards as the rest of us.

In an effort to keep people off of his property, the man put up a fence and placed gravestones on the land - a popular sleeping spot for local homeless people.

“I saw them putting a fence up, and about maybe two to three months later, the headstones are put up,” one Houston resident said. “I knew what it was. I didn’t see any burials or anything. There were no bodies there. But it’s to keep the vagrants out of here because they were always sleeping right there.”

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But the owner made one funny mistake when choosing out the gravestones: they’re of real, deceased people.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, picked up the stones from a local monument company. The stones were rejected from the company due to imperfections, but the owner didn’t realize the names and dates engraved on them were real. He says he regrets not asking beforehand.

The owner shouldn’t worry too much about it, though. Family members of the deceased people apparently find the gaffe pretty funny.

Wayne Chappell, whose brother’s name is found on one of the stones, thinks his brother would have gotten a kick out of the whole thing.

“He would get his friends and have a beer party next to it or something,” Wayne Chappell said

Well then. So much for all that creepy get-me-out-of-here-right-now stuff the property owner was hoping for. If the homeless crowd is anything like Chappell’s brother, the stones might be made into a new Edgar Allen Poe-inspired drinking game before they scare anyone off. 

Source: BC Houston