The scheme didn’t work out exactly as he planned, but he did save a good three years in rent money, which is enough to put a down payment on a pretty good house.
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His efforts may have been unorthodox, but truthfully, they aren’t much different from what Europeans did to steal land from native Americans many centuries ago. A large proportion of the land that Americans think we own actually belongs to somebody else. Sometimes, it comes down to who squats down the hardest.