Some questions only have answers that are even more confusing.
The is a case that is that and more. This from a USA Today story about a former NBA and Old Dominion basketball player.
Chris Gatling ran the following ad on Craigslist for a home in Arizona:
“$800/4 br – EX NBA-Paradise Valley Home for rent with Pool & Utility included … Going back to Miami, Mexico City, Italy for a year or 2 need someone to watch my home here in PV and what a great place, close to everything and Very Very Quite! Really looking for a Woman, but guys can feel free to contact as well … (Just Like a Women’s touch).”
That would seem like a good ad if you want to rent a house. The problem that Chris faced is that he did not own the house and had no right to that house.
Records do show that Gatling had obtained an Arizona driver’s license using this residence as his home address. So, he certainly believed that it would be fine to claim the place as his own. In fact, he even rented the house to a tenant and cashed the first two cashier’s checks. Then, the renter found out from the real owner that Gatling did not own the property and had no right to rent it to her. That immediately caused her to realize why Gatling had never given her a key to the home. It also made her probably think… “now I know why I only paid $800 for this something that should cost $2,000.” Or, maybe she just read the facts and were as confused as I am.
The facts show that Gatling had originally tried to personally rent the home in 2010. He was turned down because of his bad credit. Then, Gatling broke into the lock box to gain access to the residence, which was fully furnished with running utilities. He got away with it from July 2010 to May 2011, apparently because of the housing market and that the owner never saw him there.
Now, Gatling is charged with two counts of theft and forgery, and one count of taking the identity of another and one count of fraud. His attorney says, “We believe this to be a misunderstanding, and we are working to resolve the matter.”
Gatling played in the NBA for 10 years, averaging about 10 points and five rebounds per game. He even was an NBA all-star in the 1997 game. He last played in 2002.
I hope you have a great weekend. I can imagine a fortune cookie with the following: “Beware of anyone selling a car or renting a house who cannot give you a key!
And for pic o’ day, let’s stay with the theme of a crazy explanation after getting caught:
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