04/01/13: Reprint of: 03/21/13: My apartment/Copyright L. Kochman, April 1, 2013 @ 5:34 p.m.
March 21, 2013
I didn’t choose the numbers of the building and apartment where I have been living for the past few weeks. I live in a development that has a lot of buildings. When I went to meet the property managers and to be shown an apartment, they showed me an apartment that they never rent and which they use to show people what a one bedroom apartment in the development looks like.
I had no control over what the number of the address would be. I also had to choose from the options that were available to me for places to live so that I could stop being homeless.
While I was in the process of applying for the apartment, the property management for the development was threatened at least by the Boston Globe, which put a code story on its front page threatening them with jail if they didn’t “cooperate” with the conglomerate.
I stayed at the apartment that I was given on a Wednesday night when I first signed the papers for it and got my key. Then I spent a night at the Lindemann Center, where I had been staying for a few weeks. The next night, when I was at the apartment again, I saw these stickers on the inside of the cabinet doors under the bathroom and kitchen sinks. I took the pictures with my phone and sent them to my e-mail with the captions that I’ve put with them here.
Either there are hidden video cameras in the apartment and, although the property management decided to violate my rights and sexually assault me by having put the cameras there, they thought that they were being responsible enough by using these stickers to warn me that the cameras are there, or I have to live with the fear that there are cameras there.
There’s no excuse for what has already happened to me with cameras being put in places where I’m supposed to have privacy and the subsequent torture of me with the videos, and there’s no excuse for it to continue.
Copyright L. Kochman, March 21, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m.