Philadelphia “Car Hoarder” Dispossessed Of 150-Vehicle Collection

Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is something that can affect not only the person suffering from it but the people around them too.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) defines hoarding as “the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about (or even met) many types of hoarders but did you know there are also “car hoarders” in this world? Well, at least one man from Philadelphia is.

Reuben Waller owns a lot on Old York Road in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Nothing out of the ordinary so far – except he filled his property with more than 150 vehicles over the years. You might be tempted to think the man collected fine classics, but in reality, the so-called “collection” consisted entirely of junk cars. So, for all intends and purposes, it was nothing but a junkyard.

Google Street View shot of the entrance to Reuben Waller’s “collection”

According to Action News, the owner is a self-labelled hoarder who describes himself as collecting vehicles as a hobby and isn’t doing anything illegal. However, commissioner David Perri from the City of Philadelphia’s Licenses and Inspections (L&I) department begs to differ. He says the lot is a “nuisance property” and enforcement action against it started in 2016.

In December 2018, the car hoarder was handed a court order to remove the vehicles, with a judge deciding he owed $2,000 in fines, plus $200 for every day the vehicles remained on the property. Since he didn’t comply, the city and the police started removing the vehicles on March 8.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of work to be done and many tow trucks were needed. In fact, L&I employees and Philadelphia police officers returned at the lot earlier this week to continue their work and could actually still be doing it as you read this.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Are there no more photos of this? I want to see what cars are in there.

    • Enter Ranting

      No, this article is just lazy click-bait.

      • Shobin Drogan

        I couldnt find more photos on other sites either. Sad.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    If it’s his property then leave it alone. I bet the city council just wants to be able to get the owner to sell the lot, buy it from him and get money from it. It’s not like its in the nicest part of town anyways. Just a bunch of manufacturing and scrap metal businesses around it

  • Callanish

    Any hidden gems worth rescuing?

    • KAG25

      bottom right looks like a couple 50’s,60’s cars

  • Craig

    This really pisses me off. Commissioner David Perri from the City of Philadelphia’s Licenses and Inspections and the unnamed judge are jackasses. Shame on them. Nuisance – by definition – means, “a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance.” How the hell are these cars – on that man’s property – inconveniencing anyone? Let alone annoying them. I think this is just a case of throwing your weight around because you CAN.

    • Dude

      My thoughts exactly. This BS and I wish the guy had sued. But it seems like even he didn’t want to have the cars so I’m guessing that’s why he didn’t.

      • Craig

        Maybe. Or maybe he just knows that you can’t beat the city. These jackasses always get their way. I’ve been surrounded by the same personality types as a condo Strata Committee member. [‘Home Owners Association’ in the US] Most truly are sleazy, arrogant little creeps. [And that’s putting it nicely!]

  • KAG25

    So you can’t have cars on your property, what about the people with the front your yard of homes covered in stuff and planets, would they have to throw them all out also?
    And on the right by the tracks the area is covered, so do those stay?

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Interesting priorities they have there. If you take a look around on google street view from 2018, there’s some row houses on Butler street but there’s a bunch of illegally dumped items on the side of the road next to a sign that says “No Dumping $300 fine” and there is a pothole that has literally swallowed up a 30″ traffic cone but a junk vehicle lot on a commercially zoned property bordered on 1 side by railroad tracks and the other sides by walls or a fence with privacy screen is what they want to tackle. I can understand if it was residential zoning but come on. Fix the potholes and pick up the garbage first. There is illegally dumped stuff like tires along that road less than a block away that have been there since the 2012 street view was taken.

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