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August 17, 2012 1:46 PM
I thought it might be fun to share some bad roommate stories.

Mine is pretty mild. When my roommate and I lived together we got along fairly well. She was a really sweet lady and although we had vastly different personalities I thought we were doing just fine. Recently she married and moved out. I kept her things in my house for months after she moved out but eventually started pressuring her to take her stuff (six months on and she STILL has some of her stuff in my storage shed but I gave up on trying to get her to take it - she knows where it is if she ever decides to pick it up).

I didn't charge her for her last month's rent - that was kind of my wedding gift to her. May seem cheap but rent is expensive and I thought it would help them with finances.

After she moved out I guess she decided to go around bad mouthing me to anyone who would listen. It's been six months but now I'm finally starting to feel the results of her smear tactics.

I've had a few concerned friends approach me to tell me about her smear campaign and some people whom I know are good friends of hers but were also friends with me have now cut me out of their life without any warning or explanation. I honestly don't know what she's telling them (my friends wouldn't tell me. They just said: She's saying some really horrible things you know?) but people are buying it!

All in all it's mildly irritating but not the end of the world.

That said! Ever had a really bizarre, terrible and/or just plain bad roommate? Why not share the story?!
  10697651
August 17, 2012 1:51 PM
I was going on vacation over the time that rent was due, so I post dated a check for my roommate. Told her DO NOT CASH THIS UNTIL RENT IS DUE. She agreed.

I went on vacation.

Card declined.

Checked my bank account. She had cashed the check 2 days early. Her excuse? "When I normally cash a check, it takes 2 days to clear! I didn't think it would go so fast!" She cost me $300+ in bounced fees, I ended up having to close the account because I would be having overdraft fees for months, new checks etc.... it was a nightmare.

She did end up reimbursing me for the overdraft fees, but that was like pulling teeth. She honestly thought that the bank had an error.
August 17, 2012 1:53 PM
Oh, let me just talk about mine. I've had some BAD ones.

First one, we didn't know each other. We were fine at first, but then she decided to throw a birthday party for one of her friends. I told her I didn't mind, I got free cake from it, why would I care. Well, that party turned into a MALE STRIPPER in the apartment. Normally I would mind, but he wasn't good and he brought friends. Friends that wanted to smoke substances...
Then after a noisy attempt to kick the stripper out, the birthday girl proceeds to throw up ALL OVER the apartment. And while this happens, all her friends run out screaming "eww" Leaving me to clean it up because I was not about to smell that!

Oh, and she stopped paying rent. Which got us evicted, which is now on my credit, which has caused a TON of crap for me now.

Second one, she was fine to begin with. Very nice, we split everything down the middle. Then suddenly, when I told her I would be 2 days late on $50 of the $500 rent, she went crazy. She said that I owed her money for groceries and cleaning supplies that I never used/ate. Then she started adding more to it for random late fees that didn't exist. She then said "Be out by Friday" and due me not being on her lease (I was subletting), I was then homeless.

Oh my life. haha. I now live with my best friend and things are great, and I'm planning on moving out on my own around March.
August 17, 2012 2:07 PM
not me, but my older brother... freshman at college, as was his roommate but the roommate was 28. when asked what he has been doing since 18, he said he was "just busy." there were two or three girls murdered while out jogging over the period of about a month on and around the campus. after a while of no arrest, the cops release the sketch of the suspect, based on eye witness account of one girl who escaped. well, it looks exactly like my brother's roommate. during the first night after the sketch as released, other people in the dorm slid copies of it under the door for my brother and his roommate to see. morning comes, there are like 50 sketches under the door. my brother wakes up to find his roommate leaving and asks where is he going? out, roommate says. comes back around lunch with his long blond hair now dyed black and cut in a crew cut and his lengthy beard completely shaved off. never says anything about it to my brother. after some phone calls home, my brother calls the police. my parents call the university and my brother has a new roommate within two days. never really sure what happened after that.

the guy also slept in his work boots. pretty weird.
  18418273
August 17, 2012 2:13 PM
I had one that would have nearly everything in plastic walmart bags... we were bunking in the same room... now when I am half asleep (or awake) the most annoying noise on the planet is the crinkling of plastic bags... I wanted to slap into last week...

My first real college roommate, though, was just dumber than a box of rocks... and judgemental... and she would always complain that I watched too many sitcoms... which was dumb... oh well, she moved out the next semester to room with her bestie and I had a dorm room almost all to myself (except when I had to share for a few weeks with a Japanese girl who was in an English language emersion program)... They were all pretty mild... though some annoyed me more than others...
August 17, 2012 2:20 PM
**before cell phones
I went out of town for 3 days, my roommate told my boss and my fiance I moved to California and wasn't coming back.
I was an hour away for a few days doing some editing for my boss.

lost my job, fiance, and room all in one way. WTF.
  26997672
August 17, 2012 2:20 PM
I had a roomate that would have random "friends" over and be so loud that the neighbors would complain to the landlord. She also wore everything in my closet. If I had my clothes laid out on my bed for after work to go out, I would come home and they would be gone. The ***** would wear my outfit out. Plus she was a tad bigger than me, so half the time she would stretch out my new tops.

She also decided to burn my decorative candles one night on her romantic randevous nights. She got to doing the damn thing and forgot to blow them out. I came home to red candles melted all over our off white carpet. Not only that a month later and she still hadnt cleaned it up. Guess who got to spend 4 hrs cleaning that **** up.

She had a 3 year old and asked me to watch her for a few hours so she could go meet a girlfriend for a few drinks. I woke up to go to work and she still wasnt home. I ened up being two hours late for work.
August 17, 2012 2:21 PM
QUOTE:

Oh, let me just talk about mine. I've had some BAD ones.

First one, we didn't know each other. We were fine at first, but then she decided to throw a birthday party for one of her friends. I told her I didn't mind, I got free cake from it, why would I care. Well, that party turned into a MALE STRIPPER in the apartment. Normally I would mind, but he wasn't good and he brought friends. Friends that wanted to smoke substances...
Then after a noisy attempt to kick the stripper out, the birthday girl proceeds to throw up ALL OVER the apartment. And while this happens, all her friends run out screaming "eww" Leaving me to clean it up because I was not about to smell that!


Oh that reminds me of some roommates we (a friend and I) ALMOST had... my friend and I were going to move into these apartments that leased by the room (to avoid eviction situations like what you had).. well since there were only two of us and the apartment complex like to have all the rooms full, we were roommate "matched". Now this isn't typically a problem... but they matched us with a couple of girls that were 18 who listed their hobbies as "tanning and drinking"... which again, might not have been a problem if my friend and I weren't over 21 and they were 18.... anyway, they moved into the apartment below us and I always had to call the cops on them for super loud parties after 2 am (bass bumping and all), the smell of pot nearly every night... all that jazz... We got into arguments after a while... It was a good thing I told the apartment complex to not put them with us... I may have killed them.
August 17, 2012 2:22 PM
I have the MESSIEST roommate ever!!!!

But I guess I'll just have to put up with it since I'm married to him.wink
August 17, 2012 2:23 PM
QUOTE:

I have the MESSIEST roommate ever!!!!

But I guess I'll just have to put up with it since I'm married to him.wink


laugh I know that one.
August 17, 2012 2:30 PM
QUOTE:

I have the MESSIEST roommate ever!!!!

But I guess I'll just have to put up with it since I'm married to him.wink


Ah! My roommate was a clutter bug. I always knew where she'd been in the house because she would leave PILES of wrappers and junk in her wake. She was also the laziest person I've ever met. Would NOT walk TWO STEPS to put something in the garbage and would instead just leave it on the counter. HAHAHAHA. And she used to call me messy because I would leave washing the dishes for a day or two instead of doing them right away.

Really? Pot. Kettle. We're both burnt here.
  10697651
August 17, 2012 2:39 PM
I had a roommate once who was a complete and utter pig, barely worked, spent what money he had on bowling, and was addicted to porn.

The only good thing I got from his was sperm......and my son.
  3579343
August 17, 2012 2:40 PM
I move in with a girl who had advertised a room online, It was fine to start with but then she got SUPER possesive of me, ONe night I drunk to much and decided to crash on my mates couch and woke up with like 35 missed calls and about 50 texts from her asking where I was, When I got home she went nuts and said she dosn't like to sleep in a house alone and that I have to stay there every night.. Then she stole all my mates numbers off my phone and started texting them trying to be friends with them to and she would follow me everywhere lol.. I'd go to town or something and would see her following me around trying to be stealth.. Or one time I went to the beach 2hours away with some mates and she followed me in her car lol..
Anyway I moved out and she went crazy so I ended up getting a restraining order on her...
  26426938
August 17, 2012 2:42 PM
QUOTE:

I move in with a girl who had advertised a room online, It was fine to start with but then she got SUPER possesive of me, ONe night I drunk to much and decided to crash on my mates couch and woke up with like 35 missed calls and about 50 texts from her asking where I was, When I got home she went nuts and said she dosn't like to sleep in a house alone and that I have to stay there every night.. Then she stole all my mates numbers off my phone and started texting them trying to be friends with them to and she would follow me everywhere lol.. I'd go to town or something and would see her following me around trying to be stealth.. Or one time I went to the beach 2hours away with some mates and she followed me in her car lol..
Anyway I moved out and she went crazy so I ended up getting a restraining order on her...


Wow, a la Fatal Attraction.
  3579343
August 17, 2012 2:45 PM
I have many roommate horror stories!

The worst experience was when I bought my house and my best friend moved in. She complained endlessly about the house (which really hurt my feelings as someone who just busted my a** to buy it). If I had clothes in the washer or dryer she would dump them onto the floor and do her own laundry. She never did anything just moped around the house until I got home and then followed me around as I cleaned (which she never did) and took care of my dog.
I charged her a very cheap price for rent as she was a full-time student and said that she was going through a hard time financially. I ended up getting a second job to make ends meet. I found out that she had inherited 100,000 dollars. It just really broke my heart to be taken advantage of by a friend.
  6460984
August 17, 2012 2:46 PM
QUOTE:

I move in with a girl who had advertised a room online, It was fine to start with but then she got SUPER possesive of me, ONe night I drunk to much and decided to crash on my mates couch and woke up with like 35 missed calls and about 50 texts from her asking where I was, When I got home she went nuts and said she dosn't like to sleep in a house alone and that I have to stay there every night.. Then she stole all my mates numbers off my phone and started texting them trying to be friends with them to and she would follow me everywhere lol.. I'd go to town or something and would see her following me around trying to be stealth.. Or one time I went to the beach 2hours away with some mates and she followed me in her car lol..
Anyway I moved out and she went crazy so I ended up getting a restraining order on her...


Holy crap!
  6460984
August 17, 2012 2:47 PM
My first room mate in college was a 300+lb black chick. She would wake me up drunk every weekend and she ate my food. I was too scared to say anything to her though! My second room mate in college was cool but our suite mates liked to have random sex even though they had boyfriends back home so we constantly heard their beds knocking against our wall. It was disturbing.

But the real kicker was my room mate when I moved on my own to Ohio. She was a spoiled brat. Her dad bought her everything. She had Coach everything and her Thanksgiving vacation was shopping on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a 1 bedroom apartment and I lived in the living room.

Well, she started dating a Japanese guy and they would speak in Japanese to each other all of the time. What they didn't know is that my husband speaks Japanese. They were talking about us and how I was a **** room mate even though I cleaned EVERYTHING and she'd leave dirty dishes in the sink for WEEKS...never cleaned, left old take out in the fridge (it was usually sushi and I'm allergic to fish)! I also had to clean all her hair out of the bathroom so everything wouldn't get clogged up. Well, one day the guy came over and my husband was there (we were just dating at the time) and he answered the door. The guy said, "Hi." was about to go to her room and then my husband said to him in Japanese that we understand everything they say. The guy didn't go back over until I moved out three weeks later.
  7352376
August 17, 2012 2:47 PM
In college, I got a new roommate. People would say "Hi Katie" and she would say "That's not me, she's my twin" However, she wore a coat with the name Katie on it. She had no pictures of this twin. Her twin never visited, called, etc. Turns out there was no twin, she had gone to the school previously and had a bad reputation and didn't want people to know it was her. She was a little strange.
August 17, 2012 2:49 PM
I lived in a 3 bedroom apartment with 2 people. Most of my roommates throughout the years I was there were just fine, but one was a bit of a partyer. Anyway...

One night I wake up only to find him in my room. Sleepwalking (or maybe drunk). And naked. I call out his name and he wakes up only somewhat from his stupor, at which point he picks up a plastic bag that was near-by to cover his private-parts. The thing was - the bag was clear. So I bring this to his attention and he randomly picks up something else and just sort of stands there. Finally, I'm able to redirect him to his own bedroom.

The next morning he reluctantly asks me about the foggy memories he hoped were only a dream. Alas, they were not part of a dream.

On the bright side, he was a good looking guy with a nice body. blushing And I have a great story that I share on occasion.


*** My story isn't really "horror story" material (I have some of those too), but it the roommate story I most like to tell :-)
Edited by jlsAhava On August 17, 2012 2:57 PM
  3669665
August 17, 2012 2:56 PM
Sheesh! Some of you guys' stories scared the crap out of me!


Mines wasn't so bad in comparison. She was a bit on the messy side and was a little unstable. I chalked it up to her being about 18 or so, though I feel that was just my way or coping with her. We stayed in a dorm together and shared a community bath with maybe 6 or 7 other girls. She would constantly leave her mess in the bathroom (i.e. a tampon on the ground or blood on/IN the toilet, unflushed..a little TMI. Sorry y'all) and for some reason, the neighbors thought I was the person to talk to about this.

She had a boyfriend who lived on campus also and the two were constantly arguing over the dumbest **** ever. One evening after visiting the library, I come into my room to find glass smashed all over the floor in the room. Apparently they'd gotten into such an argument that she threw picture frames and THEN called him with a basketful of his items and threatened to set fire to all his things. This argument got us both written up for being incredibly loud (we always got written up because of her yelling when on the phone). And aside from her leaving food out for days because the MINI-fridge couldn't hold half the large **** she bought, she was incredibly religious and was always trying to force her ways onto me.

We are still friends thankfully, just not roomies.
  8506945
August 17, 2012 3:02 PM
when I got my first apartment I lived there by myself for about a year and a half... then I started working on buying a house so I tried getting out of the last 6 months of my lease and the apartment complex wouldn't work with me, so I subletted the apartment to a guy I had gone to highschool with and his roommate he had been living with at the time moved in too... I lived with them for about the last month before I bought my house and the guy I went to school with I found out didn't have a job, other than selling drugs and his roommate that moved into the basement of my townhouse worked at a restaurant, they would have parties like every night with people over drinking and smoke pot while I was trying to sleep since I worked every day of the week and had to be up early in the morning to go to work...

So fast forward about 3 to 4 weeks and the two of them got in a fight over something and the one that actually had a job moved out... he had at least paid me some money for rent before hand.... then I move in to my new house and the guy I went to school with was still living in the apartment so he moved a guy and girl in with him. I started hanging out with them even though all they ever really did was drink and smoke pot as well, but at least I didn't have to deal with it during the week so hanging out on the weekends was alright... then about a month later we all headed up to my cabin for the weekend and were drinking up there at a party we went to and everyone got in a fight so me and the guy and girl that had moved in drove back home while the guy I went to school with stayed up there... never got any money from him so I ended up kicking him out of the apartment, but not until after he busted the door in after I changed the locks on him, police got called and he eventually got out of there.

Then a couple more months pass and I started dating the girl that had moved in to the apartment and another guy moved in with her and the other guy... long story short that went bad and I had never got any money from either of them living in the apartment so I kicked them out and they broke back in and destroyed the place, busted down doors, busted up all of the drywall, wrote all over the mirrors... I started fixing the drywall and they broke in and busted it up again so I finally said enough is enough and turned the keys in and walked away from the apartment... about a year later I got sued by the apartment complex for about $3500 worth of damages and they garnished my wages for the next year to pay for it... it was tough living on about 50% of my income for a year to pay off the garnishment and in the end I ended up losing my house because I couldn't make the payments on it when half of my income was paying for damages that I didn't do to the previous apartment...
  21595618
August 17, 2012 3:11 PM
QUOTE:

when I got my first apartment I lived there by myself for about a year and a half... then I started working on buying a house so I tried getting out of the last 6 months of my lease and the apartment complex wouldn't work with me, so I subletted the apartment to a guy I had gone to highschool with and his roommate he had been living with at the time moved in too... I lived with them for about the last month before I bought my house and the guy I went to school with I found out didn't have a job, other than selling drugs and his roommate that moved into the basement of my townhouse worked at a restaurant, they would have parties like every night with people over drinking and smoke pot while I was trying to sleep since I worked every day of the week and had to be up early in the morning to go to work...

So fast forward about 3 to 4 weeks and the two of them got in a fight over something and the one that actually had a job moved out... he had at least paid me some money for rent before hand.... then I move in to my new house and the guy I went to school with was still living in the apartment so he moved a guy and girl in with him. I started hanging out with them even though all they ever really did was drink and smoke pot as well, but at least I didn't have to deal with it during the week so hanging out on the weekends was alright... then about a month later we all headed up to my cabin for the weekend and were drinking up there at a party we went to and everyone got in a fight so me and the guy and girl that had moved in drove back home while the guy I went to school with stayed up there... never got any money from him so I ended up kicking him out of the apartment, but not until after he busted the door in after I changed the locks on him, police got called and he eventually got out of there.

Then a couple more months pass and I started dating the girl that had moved in to the apartment and another guy moved in with her and the other guy... long story short that went bad and I had never got any money from either of them living in the apartment so I kicked them out and they broke back in and destroyed the place, busted down doors, busted up all of the drywall, wrote all over the mirrors... I started fixing the drywall and they broke in and busted it up again so I finally said enough is enough and turned the keys in and walked away from the apartment... about a year later I got sued by the apartment complex for about $3500 worth of damages and they garnished my wages for the next year to pay for it... it was tough living on about 50% of my income for a year to pay off the garnishment and in the end I ended up losing my house because I couldn't make the payments on it when half of my income was paying for damages that I didn't do to the previous apartment...


Dude. Ouch. :\
  10697651
August 18, 2012 3:21 PM
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August 18, 2012 4:37 PM
My room mate problems aren't anything too dramatic. Probably typical bad room mate stuff.

I just moved to college into a two bedroom apartment that you paid rent by the room, so if no one was living in the other room you didn't have to pay for it. All expenses included, which was totally sweet. The first guy that moved in was a stranger I didn't know. He seemed friendly enough but didn't make as much of an effort to get to know me like I was trying to get to know him. Whatever no big deal. However I would come home some nights to see him with shirts on hangers hanging from our ceiling fan. He was trying to start his own line of shirts that he could sell. He had a stencil with his company logo with a spray bottle of bleach, which he would spray onto the stencil and get his logo on there. The living room pretty much stunk and I don't know about anybody else but his shirts were just plain hideous. A friend of mine who had started talking to him while I was out running an errand was told that he didn't like the fact that I was home every time he came home, which for some reason he thought was awkward. Thought that was a really weird reason and plus it was my first semester at college so I would study in my room a lot. Luckily after the semester he moved in with some friends of his. Good riddance.

That summer I didn't have a room mate which was really awesome. A two bedroom apartment all to myself!

Next semester I move in with one of my friends that I met in college. We would hang out every night and have friends over. It was a good time, but he was just a freaking pig when it came to cleaning up after himself. Dirty dishes and pans would stay in the sink for days on end until I cleaned them up. I told him several times to clean up after himself because it would be really embarrassing. I would have friends or potential girl friends over commenting all the time on how there was a huge pile of dishes in the sink. He cleaned up after himself for like the next day and then it was back to square one. After a year he moved home and I had to move to a different apartment.

This apartment was a four bedroom apartment which was also pay by the room. Good part about this place was that one bedroom was a handicap room so we would never have anybody in there and it was an open extra bedroom for guests. My room was right next to the living room, which was nice because if I needed to get something out of there while in the living room my room was right there. My first room mates were strangers that I didn't know but they were friends. It was ok at first, but a few problems arose. I would have some music on in my room and they would tell me to turn it down which I obliged. They would be playing Rock Band on the living room TV or playing music with 3 or 4 other friends in there and when I would tell them to turn it down they would for a few minutes and then it was back up again. I kind of let this slide because I figured I should have known what I was getting into with having a room right next to the living room. That was until I noticed some of my groceries were going missing. A loaf of bread, a bag of chips, some soda, and other items were just disappearing. I went grocery shopping one Friday so that I wouldn't have to do it when I got back from going home that weekend. I had a package of boneless skinless chicken breasts in the freezer that I wanted to use for fajitas on Monday night. I open the freezer to see its gone and I get freaking pissed. I confronted the female room mate and asked her which one of them ate my damn chicken breast. I was absolutely positive that I had bought some (still had the receipt) but when I confronted them about it they "didn't have any idea what I was talking about". They ended up moving out and breaking their lease because they said that the apartment kept turning their electricity off and "****ing with them". After I came back to the apartment from another weekend at home I was greeted to an empty apartment which I then proceeded to frolic and dance through in celebration that they were gone.

My last set of room mates were much more friendly than my last set of room mates. We didn't hang out or anything but were very social with each other when we saw each other. The best part was they loved to play poker, which I am an avid poker player. We would get about 8 or 9 people together for a poker game and it was a blast. My only gripe with them was that they smoked weed in one of the bedrooms and when they did the stench just ran through the entire apartment. I didn't complain about that because I figured I only had one more semester here before I graduated so I knew I could just put up with it for a little while. Plus they were probably the coolest room mates I had since I had been to college.

Anyways I know that was long. I tend to rant on.
  20971545
August 18, 2012 4:52 PM
These stories bring back memories!

In university I lived with the same people for three years, but in the last year I had a roommate who went a little...strange, shall we say. Actually, I think she was stressed because she was not doing well academically and was trying to live up to an older sibling's achievements. One weekend night, she made a big deal about having to work, and so while the rest of us were taking a break and going to a movie, we asked her to come with us once and then let it go. When we got home, she had put the chain on the apartment door and wouldn't open it. We knocked and knocked and then went to a friend's place and phoned and phoned. Eventually, we called the superintendent of the building who was about to use bolt cutters on the door, when she "woke up" and let us in. Apparently she was mad because we hadn't invited her to go with us. Huh? Can you say attention seeking??

Come to think of it, I never had a roommate after that. Well...except for DH. And that's another story!

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