'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy Doesn't Pay Rent
Or so he says, despite saying something different yesterday
By RadioMatthew, Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2010 2:15 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Oct 20, 2010 3:02 PM CDT
   (AP)

(User Submitted) – The guy who claims the rent is too high (too DAMN high, sorry) in New York doesn't actually pay rent himself, reports the New York Times. Jimmy McMillan is running on the "Rent is Too Damn High" platform, despite not having paid rent himself for at least a decade. He says his $800-a month apartment in Brooklyn is provided to him by his landlord in exchange for maintenance work.

McMillan says his personal rent situation has nothing to do with his platform. “Even though my rent is not too damn high, if I’m fighting for the children who can’t pay rent, who have no place to live, then my rent is too damn high.” Asked about a conflicting report in which he claimed to pay the $800 a month, he added: “Don’t look for anything I say about my living space to be true."

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sailor86
Oct 21, 2010 4:24 PM CDT
Isn't this the "Pants on the Ground" guy?
MarilynClay
Oct 21, 2010 2:12 PM CDT
Doesn't anyone else think that this is a whole lot of fun? Get a sense of humor, he isn't hurting anyone, and he has made a lot of people laugh out loud. A good public service.
wildmn
Oct 21, 2010 10:31 AM CDT
He might not pay rent technically but I would assume he has to do $800 worth of work in exchange for that apartment. Either way, this guys is looking for his 15 seconds of fame.