Cockroach-Filled Philly Home Featured on TLC Show

This is why hoarding is a bad thing.


The New York Daily News reports:

A Philadelphia home had a cockroach problem so serious the city threatened to condemn it, with thousands of roaches invading nearly every surface.The home’s owner, identified only as Seymour, is featured on the March 19 episode of “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.

The retired orthopedic surgeon developed a roach infestation because of his extreme hoarding issues. The problem was so severe that he carried bugs with him on his clothing wherever he went, leaving them behind at supermarkets and stores.

Which just seems more sad than entertaining, but still: This is why you shouldn’t hoard, folks. Of course, Seymour isn’t the only Philadelphian with a roach problem.

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  • RabbleRabbleRabble

    send the guy to a mental hospital, bulldoze the house, build a vegan cheesesteak joint. Problem solved.

    • mug of mead

      That neighborhood doesn’t look like it would support a vegan cheesesteak joint.

  • RabbleRabbleRabble

    Solution: Throw guy in mental hospital, bulldoze house, erect vegan cheesesteak stand. Boom. Problem solved.

  • matthew brandley

    Medicate the guy and get him evaluated for mental health issues. Bulldoze the house or better yet burn it!

  • mug of mead

    Did any of you watch the episode last night?

    1. His family determined that the house, even when cleaned out, is too structually compromised to save.
    2. His daughter moved him to some nearby “retirement community”. His unit as shown was much cleaner.
    3. People on other discussion boards speculated that he seems to be suffering from profound depression. I find this plausible.
    4. He has other health issues as well (failing eyesight, limited mobility, diabetes).