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“Adman” the hobo tells of his arrest experience in Mason City

This news story was published on August 11, 2012.
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by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – Todd Vern Waters, AKA Adman, a hobo on his way to Hobo Days in Britt, was in the process of hopping his last train, when the Mason City Police Department arrested him, his daughter (Alexandra Waters) and a fellow hobo (Rondey Sykora) for trespassing.

“The first time I ever tried to hop a train, I was in Cheyenne, Wyoming, back in 1972, and I got arrested for trespassing,” Adman reminisced.  “With the arrest this past Wednesday, in Mason City for trespassing, it’s like bookends; bookends enclosing my Hobo Life.  My first ride and my last.

“My experience in the Mason City jail was a good one. All the personnel were nice and sympathized with my situation. They informed me of the man that died a couple weeks ago at the railroad, so I understand.”

See the video below for more of Adman’s experience at the Cerro Gordo Jail.

“As many times as I’ve been arrested,” Adman went on, “probably around 70 times, I have never had it be covered this much. With the newspaper and TV, it’s never been this big. With all those arrests, I have always smiled and have taught my daughter, Alexandra, to do the same.”

Adman added, “Come on down to the Hobo Convention and I’ll tell you more. That’s why they call me ‘Adman'”.

Watch video interview:


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8 Responses to “Adman” the hobo tells of his arrest experience in Mason City

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    stephen e. hansen stanford Reply Report comment

    July 10, 2017 at 10:33 am

    he is a criminal. we’d never tolerate him in Portola Valley.

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    lucas Reply Report comment

    November 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    this dude no lie is a millionaire with a mansion ayaht all that

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    john Reply Report comment

    August 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I find it interesting that the Police told him that a trespasser was killed between rail cars 2 weeks ago. I read that it was a rail employee. Wonder what the real story is…..

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      RRWife09 Reply Report comment

      August 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      John if you read the article again you will see that he said the police in formed him that a man had been killed, not a trespasser. It was a railroad employee that was killed.

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        john Reply Report comment

        August 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

        I was referring to the interview on video, not the article. 🙂

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    umm... Reply Report comment

    August 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Umm… make a long story short! What a dumb interview. Why waste anybody’s time?

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      jose hollypino Reply Report comment

      August 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

      don’t watch it then dumbass.

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        Dave Reply Report comment

        August 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Thank you. We have many like this commenting on this site.