Homeless California man filed this bizarre lawsuit over music and shocked everyone by winning

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The homeless problem in California has reached epidemic proportions.

And state and local officials have bent over backwards trying to appease the homeless.

That’s why when one homeless California man filed this bizarre lawsuit over music, he shocked everyone by winning.

Not a lover of classical music

A tire company in San Rafael, California was recently ordered to stop playing loud music near a homeless encampment after a homeless man named Bruce Gaylord filed a lawsuit against the company.

While the company said they played the loud classical music as a security measure, a judge sided with the homeless man.

“The first night, I got to bed at 1 a.m.,” Gaylord told KGO-TV. “The second night, I got no sleep during the night. And the third night, Sunday night, I had no way to get any sleep.”

Gaylord said he has lived in the homeless encampment in the city of San Rafael, California, since last year.

He said he stopped to get medications in Barstow to treat his mental illness and found his truck had been stolen.

The homeless encampment is located next to the East Bay Tire Company on Lincoln Avenue in San Rafael.

Gaylord said the company recently began to blare out classical music in an effort to try and drive away the homeless people living in the camp.

“It was painful,” Gaylord said of the music. “That’s how loud it was. Rock concert loud.”

He said he tried to call the police, but that they didn’t help him, so he called homeless advocate Robbie Powelson, who personally went down to document just how loud the music was near the encampment.

Illegal music?

“We took a decibel reading of the sound. We measured that the decibels were between 50-118 decibels. In general, it was far above the San Rafael noise ordinance, so it was illegal,” Powelson told KRON-TV.

“Robby was a Godsend,” Gaylord added.

Powelson then filed a lawsuit against the company, and a judge ordered them to temporarily stop playing the classical music.

But East Bay Tire assistant manager Robbie Derho had a completely different spin on things.

Derho told KGO they had set up the music and repeated security announcements in order to protect their employees, and keep the illegal activities taking place in the encampment from spilling over.

“Every morning we’re out here picking up garbage and glass and different things, so it’s been hard,” Derho said.

“We have guys that get here at 5:30 in the morning,” he continued. “They’re all by themselves. We do 24 hour roadside service. The technicians show up in the middle of the night, 3 in the morning, they’re alone.”

Derho also said employees from the company had witnessed everything from illegal drug use to prostitution at the encampment. 

He even showed KGO where someone – likely from the encampment – had fired a gun at the building and damaged it.

The company flatly denies the music is intended to drive away the homeless, but Gaylord said he is pressing on with the lawsuit to defend the people at the encampment.

“I’m just a person who has schizoaffective disorder and mental illness. And as you can see, I’m in a wheelchair,” Gaylord claimed.

Gaylord also alleges the company was unable to produce police reports to support their claims of illegal activity.

Of course, this could all be for nothing.

The city of San Rafael has also filed a lawsuit of its own that would lead to the dismantling of the homeless camp, if successful.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.