A 102-year-old Los Angeles woman facing eviction from her home of three decades has a powerful ally in her corner: former California Governor (and let’s not forget occasional Terminator) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A report in the Los Angeles Times details the situation faced by Thelma Smith, who was recently informed by her longtime landlords that she needs to vacate her rented apartment by the end of June so the landlords’ daughter, a recent law school graduate, can live there.
“The dwelling is needed as her principal place of residence,” the notice to Smith declared.
“She’s been there a thousand years and is paying very low rent,” a neighbour told the Times, adding that efforts are underway to find Smith a new place. “I’m trying to get her settled.”
Smith spoke out about her situation in an interview with KCBS-TV. “The only thing I can say is that I’ve tried to live a good life,” Smith said. “I never wanted to harm anybody.”
Numerous people have responded to Smiths’s plight — including Schwarzenegger, who took to Twitter to tell her that he’s got her back.
Describing Smith as “a dear friend for a long time,” Schwarzenegger expressed his disdain while offering his assistance. “Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life,” he wrote. “It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too.”
As one might expect, the former Mr. Olympia champ’s tweet unleashed a tsunami or memes, including these ones: