Dead Woman Watches TV for 2 Years

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[Lonely People]
[Television]
Two years after her apparent death, British authorities found the dead body of a woman sitting in her apartment, watching a TV that was still on. The heat had also remained on for the entire two years, and her room contained still-unopened Christmas presents from 2003.

That must have been a really bad show.

When the authorities finally decided to pursue thousands in unpaid rent, they found a large pile of mail inside the door, and food in the apartment that was a bit past its expiration date. The apartment was a partially government-subsidized rental for victims of domestic abuse, so the rent had been paid in part since her demise.

Although the woman had living relatives and neighbors, no one seemed to notice that she was gone, or that the TV stayed on 24 hours a day for 2 years. The apartment was apparently in a rather seedy building, where people attributed any bad smells to poorly ventilated trash bins and junkies hanging out in the halls.

How she managed to keep the electricity on for two years without paying a bill must remain one of the mysteries of the universe.

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