No Deadbeat

$40,000 for Uncle

Never owe anybody anything—my mother always told me that." says Bachelor Walter Sala, 70. "When they bury me, I'm even with the world." That includes the U.S. Social Security system.

Sala, a first-generation Polish American who is a retired carnival and sports concessionaire, lives alone in Apollo Beach, Fla., in an $11,000, 60-ft. mobile home that he purchased with cash. He moved there five years ago, when a boil turned gangrenous, a complication of the diabetic condition that disabled him. Since then, Sala has drawn some $26,000 in Social Security and Medicare payments. He was legally entitled to every...

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