Andre "Loki" Barbosa, Boca Raton Squatter: Biggest. Scrub. Ever.
Andre "Loki" Barbosa, who has taken over a $2.5 million mansion in Boca Raton by exploiting the Byzantine nature of
foreclosure Florida property law, may, in fact, be the biggest tool ever. There are many reasons for this conclusion. But the most obvious might be his "about me" on his Facebook page:
"often my wordz fall on death ears niggas b listening but, dnt hear
talking to a nigga he b sitting right here
i b like "were u going"
they b like "YEAH"
Right-o. The word yeah appears to be a very important aspect of the Barbosa communication process. For Barbosa, it takes many permutations. Sometimes, Barbosa says "YEAS" -- like after refueling his car -- and other times he uses "CHeA" to apparently describe his aesthetic when clad in this outfit.
Barbosa also has jokes aplenty. Like this one: "What did one tampon say to da other tampon? Nttn there both stuck up bitches. Haha yeas."
Last week, the Sun Sentinel reported that Barbosa had taken over an opulent, waterside manor in Boca -- and the news quickly went viral, leaping to New York and London. But then on Friday, Bank of America brought the hammer, dispatching some court filings in Palm Beach court to take possession of the residence at 580 Golden Harbour Drive. Barbosa, as well as eight others, were named as defendants.
Since Barbosa has taken on some degree of fame, he's also begun taking himself very seriously. Now, instead of the word CHeA and tampon jokes, he deposits tidbits of Barbosa inspiration onto his Facebook page. On Friday, after it became clear he may soon be evicted, he wrote: "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
Then on Saturday, he pleaded: "Change your thoughts and you change your world. Nothing is impossible, the world itself says 'I'm possible!' "
Barbosa's motives aren't yet clear. It's possible he took over the mansion to deliver a dissident and populist message à la Occupy. Perhaps, he reasoned, by squatting in a giant and flashy mansion, he'll show the inequities coursing through out society.
But then again, that might be taking this guy just a little too seriously.
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