Man Lives In Backyard Car Since 00
A man who claims that he and his wife have been having troubles since 1999 has been living out of his car in the backyard of the couples Pittsburgh, KS home. Neighbors have filed a petition in protest to city officials claiming that the mand activities interfere with their enjoyment of their own backyards. "She is not going to support me not having a job and bumming around " Said Steve Graham 55 "I am trying my best to find a job and get up out of this rut." However, after 7 years neighbors are beginning to question Graham's commitment to doing just that. Those who live nearby claim the Graham uses his yard for a toilet, often goes off on loud and obscene tirades, and plays his guitar. They have asked city officials to take measures outlawing such behavior.
PITTSBURG, Kan. - Steve Graham might not be in the doghouse over a dispute with his wife, but as far as his neighbors are concerned, he's not far from it. For the past seven years, Graham, 55, has been living in his car parked in the backyard of a house he and his wife, La Donna Graham, own.
Graham said the two have "been having troubles" since 1999 and that he's been out of the house since about 2000. His wife still lives in the home.
"She's not going to support me not having a job and bumming around," Graham said. "I'm trying my best to get a job and get up out of this rut."
But his neighbors, who say Graham plays loud music, often spouts obsenity-laced tirades and uses his yard as a toilet, aren't amused. They have asked the city to prohibit such living arrangements.
"You can't enjoy your backyard," said Linda Sanders, whose backyard is across the alley from Graham's property.
Sanders and her family are among more than a dozen neighbors who presented the Pittsburg City Commission with a petition in July asking it to prohibit people from living in their cars on private property within city limits.
Kenny and Cathy Waring live in property adjoining Graham's, near a park and across the street from Lakeside Elementary School.
"Every day he's out there. He never goes into the house," Kenny Waring said. "He sleeps out there, he eats out there, he watches TV, he plays guitar. ... Everything that you do in your house, he does out there."