My Neighbors found out about my x-hooker status and accused me of contributing to a stranger’s suicide


In 2016, I discovered that my neighbors believed I had something to do with s non resident entering the building and jumping to his death from the 19th floor. He was not known to anyone in the building and was not visiting anyone. In response to this tragedy, management posted notices informing residents to be vigilant about people sneaking in behind residents when residents open the secured entrance door (called “tailgating”), residents and non-residents peeping into windows, strangers lurking in the building on the floors and stairwells, and hand to hand exchanges of money that might indicate drug trades in the building or parking lot. The notice instructed residents to call the police and inform management if they saw anything suspicious. In response to those instructions the neighbors beside me and beneath me went to management to complain about me. They had not seen me do anything listed on the flyer. But never know–I could start.

There were some people in the building who recognized me from my days downtown. Immediately I became a suspect in the situation. Clearly the man has committed suicide. But it was thought that my presence, in unspecified ways, encouraged undesirable people to enter the building and do terrible things. I was called into a preliminary eviction meeting with management in August of that year. I was repeatedly encouraged to share what I knew (nothing). I was told the neighbors complained about the sound of my shoes in the hallway, showering at any hour of the day, and having visitors they did not know. I pointed out those “violations” were not against any rules. I said I was being singled out. Management was unrepentant bc a group had approached which was significant to them. Now I understand how any criminal record makes people assume you are capable of every criminal deed. Frustrating. And yet, I am still here which makes me feel triumphant and powerful. Screw “em. That’s what you call looking on the bright side.

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