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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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