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Pensioner builds brick wall and traps himself in basement

The Local · 25 Nov 2010, 13:50

Published: 25 Nov 2010 13:50 GMT+01:00

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The 64-year-old pensioner in the eastern town of Gumperda had – inexplicably – aimed to seal off the entrance to his cellar and went downstairs armed with bricks, mortar as well as food and drink.

"Whoops, you could say," the police station in nearby Kahla said in a statement. "He was on the wrong side of the wall when his work was finished."

The pensioner, whose name was not released, spent the weekend trapped in the basement but on Monday decided to take action.

Using a drill hammer, he went to work not on his own wall but on the firewall separating his home from his neighbours'.

The neighbours, with whom the pensioner had already been quarrelling for months, called the police when they heard the loud drilling. Officers were waiting for the hobby handyman when he broke through to the other side.

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15:16 November 25, 2010 by ReaderX
Darwinism at work folks. Nothing more to see here.
15:17 November 25, 2010 by Landmine
The man lives in "Gump"erda huh? Need one say more....
16:50 November 25, 2010 by Neuseline
A modern-day Schildbürger.
18:01 November 25, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
Well he used his head at least enough to irritate his neighbor sufficiently to call for help.

I love how he wouldn't destroy a perfectly new wall to set himself free with the Hammer Drill, instead busting through his neighbors, that was worth the fallout right there.
21:18 November 25, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
Sounds a bit strange: would not the cement in the new wall still be wet, so you could push it down?

> Darwinism at work folks.

Not here: if he has already passed he genes on then it is already too late !
21:46 November 25, 2010 by Ludwig von America
It makes me think of all those other pensioners who walled themselves in, never to be heard from again...

At least in America we use cheap 1/2" gypsum board to make walls. You can kick your way through those if you accidentally entomb yourself.
00:35 November 26, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Was he an East German?
02:57 November 26, 2010 by Eagle1
Germany: "Pensioner."

USA: "Dumb Old Fart"
06:14 November 26, 2010 by Nemo2010
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08:17 November 26, 2010 by ReaderX
Not here: if he has already passed he genes on then it is already too late ! < Every little bit helps. Besides its a slow process. :-)
09:57 November 26, 2010 by moistvelvet
So we have a pensioner who has been quarreling with his neighbours for months, he goes into the basement with FOOD and DRINK, then seals the only exit with bricks and mortar. Thankfully the prepared packed lunch sees him through the time it takes for the wall to dry, he is a pensioner so there is nowhere else he needs to be, then finally smashed down the wall of the neighbours who he has been quarreling with...

...now would you think his neighbours would be a bit hacked off or would they be sympathetic towards the annoying neighbour from hell? Doesn't this all seem a bit strange?
16:13 November 26, 2010 by Johnny Cash
The Australian term is, Thick as a Brick.
16:37 November 26, 2010 by micktat
Are you sure his real names isn't Herr Bohne?
23:30 November 26, 2010 by RS500Guy
Seemingly, a modern-day, self-imposed Cask of Amontillado.
23:31 November 26, 2010 by Wireless.Phil
Yes, we have ours in the US too.

This man is story was in both USA Today and CNN.

You would thing a man of 73 would know better.

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20:14 November 27, 2010 by Corvis
I agree this was a plot to mess with the neighbors. With just a bit more training this man could have been an evil mastermind. That or a political consultant.
20:51 November 27, 2010 by Tookis
My Dad was of German extraction. He always overbuilt everything, too.
05:41 November 28, 2010 by SlackerSlayer
Looks like the neighbors he was fueding with have gained an additional basement room. If they were smart they would run the rest of their place off the electric outlets from their new room. Barring an expected overload of course.
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