Don't let the wrinkles and gray hair fool you: not all old people are sweet and adorable. Arlo Devlin-Brown, the chief of the Public Corruption Unit at Manhattan's U.S. attorney's office, learned that the hard way when he got into a property dispute with 82-year-old retired art teacher, Sylvia Kordower-Zetlin.
According to the New York Daily News, the Morningside Heights residents have been going at it for a while now. Assistant District Attorney Justin Chung says that Kordower-Zetlin "was going onto what the complainant believes to be his property and refuses to stop coming over," so Devlin-Brown and his wife Daniela Kempf erected the fence to keep her out. Unfortunately for them, the nightmare next door owns a ladder. "She takes pictures of us whenever we come outside," Kempf told the NY Daily News, adding that Kordower-Zetlin would stand on the ladder and call her and her children bastards.
But there are always two sides to every story. Kordower-Zetlin (who also has a personal vendetta against Home Depot) argues that the fence was erected on her property. "I had two separate surveys done and they both show that where he put the fence is in my yard. Even the fence man said it was on my yard." To literally mark her territory, the woman got a can of Rust-oleum spraypaint and tagged the fence with her address, writing herself a ticket to jail. Her son-in-law lawyer says that she was only trying to "prevent the complainant from acquiring prescriptive rights by adverse possession of her property,” but now it's up to a judge to decide in October.
We were seriously hoping that Kordower-Zetlin's graffiti included an illuminati symbol or something that references the curse of Lil' B, but unfortunately that hasn't happened...yet.
[via New York Daily News]