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Homeless man lives with dead people for 15 years

Grave-squatting Serbian survives on foraged candles, garbage scraps and cigarette butts.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 14, 2013 8:12PM

The next time you find yourself complaining about the high cost of living consider this: You could always live in a cemetery. For free. That’s what a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia has been doing for the past 15 years, reports the International Business Times.

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Former construction worker, Bratislav Stojanovic, has been sleeping in a garbage-filled concrete space, spanning only two square yards in Nis, south Serbia. After getting robbed by other homeless people on several occasions, he moved to the cemetery, a place with minimal (live) human interference.

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Stojanovic spends much of his time foraging for candles to keep his modest space warm and survives on a diet of food scraps he finds in the garbage.

From the outside, living a life six feet under looks like a lonely existence.

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"I had a friend who also lived at the cemetery, but he left as his grave was damp,” he told the International Business Times. "I had a girlfriend, also homeless, but she's gone. She died, but it is nicer to say that she's gone," he was quoted.

Living underground seems like a major lifestyle adjustment.

"I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead," he told Reuters.

Read more of the rest of the story here.

What do you think of this unusual living situation?

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Feb 21, 2013 7:55PM
Feb 18, 2013 10:43PM
Feb 18, 2013 8:37PM
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If you do not like the way I spell OBammbommer. Then you don't to the freedom of spach.
Feb 18, 2013 5:46PM
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This guy is homeless and Beyonce just spent over $800 for her manicure, not to mention the $20,000 that she and Jay Z spent on their daughter's birthday party.  smh
Feb 17, 2013 7:59AM
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Why the hell hasn't anyone even offered him some form of assistance?  They could offer him a job cleaning the grounds at that cemetary & offer him free boarding as their form of payment - or something like that...
Feb 15, 2013 8:45AM
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Desperate people do radical things to survive.  While there are people who have strange homeless existances,l the majorify lack the ability to make themselves attractive for employment or lack the skills to be employable.  Having centers where they could get showers and decent interview clothing, be provided as a contact for job interviews,  be able to stay in place until they have earned enough for some modest housing, would go a long way to getting large numbers of people off the streets.  This man is old enough and appears able bodied for work, but it is impossible to know the circumstances that exist in his country.  The lifespan of such homeless is vastly decreased due to malnutrition, exposure to the elements, untreated health issues, and all number of violent physical threats.
Feb 15, 2013 8:31AM
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it is the 21st century and we are less civilized than we were 50 years ago. thanks "progressives"
Feb 15, 2013 8:22AM
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feel o bad for all the sadness wish i could nbe of help
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