For Sale: Lazy Roommate

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Everyone at sometime in their lives has dealt with someone who they believed would make a great roommate. Excited about the prospective possibility of being able to have a dollar stretched without struggling. Asking friends if they know someone who needs a place to share and would like to split the expenses. Interviewing, talking, hanging out and before you know it, they are moving in. You give the rules and let them know when they have to pay. Of course they agree and believe that both of you will make really great roommates. Bills begin to come in and all of a sudden, they are broke!

April had gone through so much in the past year. The last thing she needed was a roommate who would not pay there way. Earlier in the year a friend of hers had told her they knew of a party who was looking to rent a room. Ecstatic April interviewed her and they quickly became friends. Linda appeared to be friendly, responsible and cleaned up after herself. Although April was told that she was over the top with her OCD with cleaning; nonetheless she ignored the crumbs on the counter and dealt with the extra body in her home.

The first month came and went, not a dime. April believed that Linda was struggling financially so she didn't bother to ask her for her rent. Looking in the refrigerator, it was almost bare. She had a child to feed and noticed that Linda would not replace the food. April made to much money to get any assistance, even for the utilities. Knowing her brother's finances to were tight, with the kindness and love he had for his sister he began to help.

April felt guilty for him even helping her, but each month her brother would reach out. The second month came and Linda had every excuse for not paying. Agitated April kept trying to keep her faith. It was the holidays and she couldn't put Linda on the street. There would not be Christmas this year if her roommate did not pitch in. Again she approached her roommate and she ignored her. Fuming, stressed and depressed April did not know what to do. Asking her brother for help, she knew this time the answer would be he could not do it. April went ahead and asked anyway.

Texting her brother, she had gotten the response she anticipated. April knew her brother was upset with her, but she also knew she had to figure out how to pay utilities and get food on the table. Her co-dependent roommate was not making her life any easier. April was being abused because of her kindness and began to get angry at the littlest things. Her son would not have Christmas this year and she would be lucky if they had electricity. Working as much as she could, along with cleaning houses she knew things had to change quickly.

April had gotten to the point that conversation was not taking place in her home with Linda. When April passed Linda in the hallway, she would cringe. Looking at Lazy Linda made her ill and completely disgusted.

Knowing her fuse was growing short by the minute, she knew she had to do something before there ended up being a fight and it was not going to be pretty. April knew how to really hurt someone's feelings and being a Christian, that would be inappropriate in God's eyes.

Two months became six months and finally April had an idea. All Christians break the rules and when the water and electric were turned off, while Linda asked what they were going to do. April's fuse finally lit and exploded.

"What do you mean, what are we going to do!" She screamed at Linda. " You have not paid a dime, ate our food, used our water, doubled the electric bill because of the reptiles you keep and complained about how you had to pay your own bills!" "I have bills to pay to!" April roared. "Don't say a word!" " You are a mooch, co-dependent and I am not dealing with it anymore!" Linda cowered, knowing that her time was limited with April.

April slammed the door to the garage and got into the car. "What was she going to do?" Tears flowing, she was desperate. She could not ask her brother for another dime, he had his own problems. To make it worse he wouldn't even respond to an e-mail or text. She sat in her car crying and prayed.

"God forgive me for what I am about to do, but I have to make a change. I cannot do this anymore". I know it is not the Christian thing to do please forgive me." April had to manually open the garage door, there wasn't any electricity. She called a friend and asked if her son could stay the night. "Not a problem," Angela said.

April grabbed her laptop and went to Starbucks. No electricity and water. This had not ever happened to April before and she was determined it would not ever happen again. There used to be a time when purchasing a Latte' would be common rule for April, but this time she could not afford to purchase her favorite coffee. Sitting down she opened her laptop to an advertising site that enabled her to post an ad. Not thinking in anyway about her Christianity, she opened an account. "God forgive me." She prayed quietly to herself. April was finished with Linda, who could have been her mother.

Fingers on the keyboard, laptop on the table she began to write exactly what had be done.



For Sale: Lazy Roommate !

Doesn't take up much space. Uses your utilities, eats your food, and uses all of your supplies. Good with all types of amphibious animals, but will not keep them clean. When confronted will hide in bedroom. Enjoys telling others you are the bad person and they are doing all that they can. Very Co-dependent.

Will need someone to take care of her and enjoy listening to all of her woes. After utilities are disconnected, enjoys taking long walks to focus. Will not take out garbage and loves to keep her own in the closet. Three thousand or best offer, no offer refused!

If you are seeking a person who is needy. You have came to the right page. Please reply promptly would like for her to vacate immediately so someone else can take care of her!


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Moral of this story: Be careful of the roommate's you choose, what may appear to be golden may turn out to be tarnished.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Oh I've been there. Too difficult to deal with these impossible people. After all my experiences with bad roommates I finally decided it was time to live alone. Anyway, nice hub! Read as though it was my own experience.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Senoritaa: It is insane. I have never met such Co-dependent people, who take advantage of someone's kindness. No wonder why there are those who have to be heartless~


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

Poor April could be me! I've got a co-dependent just exactly the same and he can't move out because he has nowhere to go either, and I can't throw him on the streets. Still got my electricity and water though! Wonder if I could sell him?


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well done! There are many human beings who are content to be leeches that live off of everyone else. It is a real shame. You wrote a great story. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be nice. No good deed goes unpunished!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

This is a very touching story. It is a very serious situation, I would also say the same thing for couples. I had to have a talk with man toady. If I don't make breakfast he will go hungry then complain that he's hungry no matter how busy I am. No can do. No lazy room mates or 'mates'.


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Craig Suits 4 years ago from Florida

Hiya AV...

Sounds funny and a nightmare at the same time if there is such a thing. Good hub, well done and clever. (for a girl) :0)

No matter how you cut it, IT BEATS THE HELL OUT OF LOOKING FOR LOST CROATIANS.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

This is a sad situation, but I wouldn't have any difficulty throwing the roommate out. Since I didn't agree to let them live with me for free, I don't feel any obligation to let them do so, I think I would be helping them more by teaching them a lesson about real life.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Been there and done that a few time Julianna. We as Christians are called to help others if and when we can. We do so without question and we bless others and we become blessed in return.

We are not called to be doormats for other to use us either. Confronting the matter as you have is called accountability and you you have the right to speak out. Somewhere along the line of people who have reached out and helped she will find someone who will teach her to begin to care for herself. Such may be the case here.

Proud of you for writing this and I do hope this has resolved itself. Know that you are loved Sister.

Blessings and Hugs


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Pixienot 4 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

AEvans, great hub.

So many of us have "been there, done that!" Myself, included. You wrote well about your situation and I think your response was vary cathartic. Congratulations.

Good hub, some misuse of words (ie:there instead of their), but no big deal.)

Voted up, interesting and funny.

(But only funny at the end). I know the pain was real and the agony was horrid, but in the end, you did do the right thing. I think you even made God smile!


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall

I had a boyfriend like this once. He managed to get rid of my roommate and then moved in, whilst I had pnemonia. He then proceeded to live off me. What made matters worse was that I knew his finances were good.

Great way to tell a common problem.


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Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

I can so relate to this, and, unfortunately, more than once! It wasn't exactly the same in that I wasn't seeking roommates, but helping friends in their times of need works out about the same.

Paraphrasing a comedian I heard once: a friend in need is a pain in the butt.


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow! I've never gone through this experience. I can just imagine how hard it would be to handle.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

IzzyM: Try it and let me know. lololo!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

tammyswallow: It drives a person bananas! One would think they would have enough self confidence to stand on their own two feet. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Cardisa: I agree. It goes for all involved both room mates and mates'. I hope you were able to correct your issue. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Craig Suits: For a girl? lololo! :D Have we found her yet?


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Millionaire Tips: Many people wouldn't and when April blew a fuse, she didn't have any problems with holding her position on the situation. Some people are never effected by Real Life. It is a shame Co-dependency even exists.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I hope she does. But not on my dime anymore. She needs to begin to stand on her own two feet.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Pixienot: Thank you for understanding. Thank you for also pointing out (ie: there instead of their), I actually found it earlier on the hub. It is nice when another pair of eyes can correct a statement. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Hawkesdream: What a jerk, he was! Next time try listing them for Sale. You will be amazed at the responses. lolo!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Tom Koecke: I appreciate that paraphrase, it speaks the truth! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

alekhouse: Be glad you have not experienced it. It isn't any fun. The hardest part is when your fuse ignites and you cannot turn back.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Many many years ago, I promised myself never again. But I believe that there bare some good to be gained for all these experiences, I honestly believe they help shape lives.

Always sad, Great story.

Bless.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I had two roommates in school. We had a nice little house in Sarasota. I am a good cook and don't mind fixing dinner everyday. After about a month, I went out with my girlfriend until late. When I got home, they were angry about supper. At first I thought they were kidding.

After that, I refused to cook for them at all . . . or do their dishes. The sink stayed full of Chef Boyardee stained dishes.

A good room mate is hard to come by, but I have had a couple. It is easier than having a wife.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, AEvans, I just loved this hub... Your description of the lazy roommate is hilarious, amazing and I know just what you mean. Voted up. Very good.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Roommates are unbelievable aren't they? I would have left the stained Chef Boyardee bowls too! Many roommates think there mother's are still with them. I am glad you were able to find a couple of great ones. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

They can be a pain in the neck. lololo! Seriously I honestly ran an ad. Yes I did receive a few responses. Lolo! Glad you enjoyed the hub about a lazy roommate. :)


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CMWhite 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Wow, I can't say I've ever had a roommate that bad, but then again, I wouldn't stand for it. I don't take crap when it comes to my own well being. You don't pay rent, you don't live here. Have no where else to go, get out of the room, the couch is your home now. Don't want to clean up after yourself after that, do it or I will throw you out on the street so help me. People will walk all over you if they think they can, it's stupid.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

CMWhite: Thank God you have never had a roommate like that. I have learned to have strength and to overcome. I am no longer a doormat. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Sky9106: She is 56 I don't know if I have helped shape her life. She is pitiful! Who knows maybe one day there will be answer.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

I can relate. I hate roommates because no matter what the relationship is - it always turns sour. But fortunately for me my roommates weren't that bad. It is hard to live with a roommate for sure.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I do too! I will never have a rommmate again.


bri36 4 years ago

So did April ever get the power turned back on? or did G-d provide for her son? This is a common story among the current generation of young people out there in the world. With no sense of worth or value it's way more easier to "couch Surf" than to get a job! The thing is how many times will you put up with being disrespected by someone you grew to trust before you "blow a fuse" just doing the right thing these days will get you screwed. great story and yes I voted^


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

bri36: Yes, April had the power turned back on. The sad thing is, her roommate was almost as old as her mom. April was younger and taught more responsibility.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

love this story, Julianna. I've had my fair share of bad roommates! Great story Up and shared.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Great hub, I am glad my roommate was not this bad. Bad, but this one takes the cake. One month would have been too much for me. You are a saint!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

PDX: She is not a good roommate. I have since then served her a 30 day notice to move. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Express10: I have tried everything and laziness is a sin. She is sooo lazy and they has the audacity to try and tell me how to handle my business. Wrong person to tell me what I need to do, she simply needs to go!


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Rhonda Waits 4 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Hi, this is so true. I have been through it myself. I have learned if you become a friend with a roommate, they will not pay. So I am glad I don't have to worry about this anymore. Great hub and well spoken. Voted up and awesome.

Sweet wishes Rhonda.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I don't understand how people can do that? Thanks for enjoying! :)


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I did a "Christian" thing one summer and rescued a girl who was six months pregnant from a farm miles out in the country that had no phone and not much else. I said up front it was only for a week, two at the most, until she could get a place of her own in town. Right...

A month went by and the only thing that changed was her boyfriend (the father of the baby) had sorta moved in, too. Along with an outside dog the size of a Buick. I let that pass because the bf was handy to have around for fixing things and the dog kept prowlers away. I even gave HER a pass when she caught my dryer on fire (no real damage, thank heavens!) and she DID do dishes and clean up after herself and the bf.

They were always "looking for a place of their own", but with them and my two children and baby stuff appearing everywhere it was getting crowded. The baby arrived the first weekend in November, while I was out of town. Great. How could I throw out a new mom and a newborn with winter coming on?

That's how it was until after Thanksgiving. Mom, Baby and Boyfriend went off to his grandparents in a nearby town for the holiday...and stayed for a week. By the time they came back, I'd packed all their stuff and piled it by the front door. The way I looked at it, if his Granny and Grandpa could put them up for a week, they could keep them permanently. And that's how I got rid of MY "a week, two at the most" accidental roommate.

Great hub. Love the "Roommate For Sale" ad! ;D


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Jama Genee: She has since then moved her stuff into storage and is moving out. Imagine that? No money to pay, but plenty of money for storage. I enjoyed your story and I believe both you and I have learned from this situation. :)


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Yes, imagine that... And YES, I certainly did learn from that experience! I think the appropriate pearl of wisdom is 'No good deed goes unpunished'?? ;D


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

JamaGenee: I agree 'No good deed goes unpunished' :D But I will not ever put myself in that position again. :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

AE, I admire your sense of humor after such an experience with the en-titled Linda & co. Can't blame you for never wanted to risk another roommate. But, that's the name of the game for those who will always take advantage of others' kindness. Not much trouble here with moochers but there was a prob one time sharing a house with a guy and gal. He was alright but his woman liked to walk around the house topless which was embarrassing when the relatives came to visit lol.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Alastar Packer: That is hilarious! lolo! As for me a roommate is on the back burner for now! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hey Julianna, I never did read this when I first heard you mention it. I love how you turned this in to a humorous story. Linda is gone, right? Thanks for the fun read!

Sharyn


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Sharyn's Slant: Linda is officially gone. It was a sad moment and a relief too. She went onto the next person and didn't even give a forwarding address. Sadly I had a room to clean and was upset because the carpet was a mess. I will not ever do that again, not in this lifetime. Listing it on Craig's List was fun. I did get a few responses! lolo! :)


B-Dawg 3 years ago

AEvans,

As much as rent is these days the average person would have to have atleast 1-3 roomates. It is hard to find good roomates these days. PEACE!


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

B-Dawg: That is really the truth! lolol Thanks for commenting and stopping by. :)

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