Arnold Schwarzenegger became famous for playing heroes on screen. Recently, he used those same heroic traits to help a friend in the real world.
When a 102-year-old Los Angeles tenant was threatened with eviction, Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped in to offer his help.
Thelma Smith, who lived in the same apartment in the Ladera Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles for 30 years, received a notice in March that she needed to vacate her home by June 30. The landlord’s daughter was graduating from law school and she needed Smith’s apartment for herself.
A number of people spoke out in outrage over the way the elderly tenant was being treated.
Among those people was former actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to voice his support for Smith. He tweeted:
Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time. Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too. https://t.co/IJQrclGQ6I
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 24, 2019
When she was younger, Smith worked as an executive secretary for the Sugar Ray Youth Foundation. Smith told CBS2, “Only thing I can say is I have tried to live a good life. I never wanted to harm anybody.”
However, Schwarzenegger’s scolding and Smith’s pleas didn’t do much to change the mind of the landlord. He defended his decision, saying “Would you take care of your child?”
Smith was granted an additional month in her home, but she was still forced to leave in July. Smith decided to move in with some relatives in Washington D.C., which is where she lives now.
Lead image via Gage Skidmore/CBS2.
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