Strange local character

BenPhila's picture

Any locals know what the deal is with this guy? :
Old guy, skinny with a white beard and always sporting what looks to be some kind army fatigues.(at first glance, you’d think ‘Nam vet’, but on closer inspection, his attire is more of Army/Navy clearance sale mish-mash .)
Usually in the morning I spot him on my way to work. He is out on what I assume to be his stoop on Dauphin St near Amber.

On several occasions I’ve seen/heard him verbally harassing random passerby with a stream of obscenities for no apparent reason.
Heck, he did it to me once recently. (Something like “get the **** outta here”)
After successfully repressing my momentary urge to knock what remaining teeth he has down his throat, I just assumed “Junkie, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or all three” and let it slide.

This is NOT the kind of neighborhood where you should pop off at the mouth to random strangers, especially right in front of your own house. That can be real dangerous to a person’s health. So now rather than thinking he’s a just a harmless "local kook", I’m actually worried that this old guy is going to mouth off to the wrong person and get hurt…bad! Neighbors I’ve talked to don’t know much about this character.

Does anybody on the boards know this guy?

diamondsgirl30's picture

ive never seen this person;

ive never seen this person; howvere, i have had a soimiliar experience.
once, upon entering Canvas coffee shop, an older woman was sitting on a crate next doior. she was harrassing a bunch of guys sitting outside having coffee. when i came closer, she stared at me...then pikced up a rock and through it...at my head./

i went inside, and told the girl working. she said yeah, shes always there.
so i grab my lattes and bagels, and head out. this time, she calls me names i wouldnt like to repeat.

its sad, but a reality that there are some people out there like this. and yeah, they may say something to the wrong person. and the wong person may get hit in the head too!@

stock's picture

I met him years ago. He is

I met him years ago. He is an ex military guy. Seemed OK to me then. I talked to him several times and he gave me good info on a house I was thinking of buying. I see him around now, but have not talked to him. Think it's just alzheimers.

rygallagher's picture

I have dealt with him

I have dealt with him before, he is completely harmless. Just the stereotypical crazy old man character. True, he probably shouldn't be running his mouth, but hopefully most ppl wont knock out an 80 yr old guy.

dan's picture

I'm just wondering what kind

I'm just wondering what kind of neighborhood this would be right for. :)

BenPhila's picture

rygallagher wrote:I have

rygallagher wrote:

I have dealt with him before, he is completely harmless. Just the stereotypical crazy old man character. True, he probably shouldn't be running his mouth, but hopefully most ppl wont knock out an 80 yr old guy.

Okay, thanks for the info.
Harmless? Maybe not
One vital thing I forgot to mention about old 'Sergeant Wackjob' is that upon asking around about him , a friend of mine who lives across the street claims the cops once confiscated a bunch of firearms from his house after he supposedly chased someone down the street with a gun. Unsubstantiated rumour? Possibly.
But if that is even half true, I'm going to keep a closer eye on him from now on.

stock's picture

I could think of a few times

I could think of a few times I wanted to do that.

BenPhila wrote:

he supposedly chased someone down the street with a gun. Unsubstantiated rumour? Possibly.
But if that is even half true, I'm going to keep a closer eye on him from now on.