Note: This post contains mentions of animal abuse.
If you've ever lived with roommates before, you may understand how difficult it can be to mesh two or three different personalities in a living space.
But even when you try to communicate boundaries or set ground rules, sometimes a roommate will continue to do their own thing.
1. "My roommate yelled at me for reading my own books because it messed up the decor. Books were sorted by color and not subject, and reading them made them look not as new. Yeah...my own books."
2. "My college roommate ran out of pot, so he tried to boil down his bong water to 'hash' in my microwave using my Tupperware. The residue ended up fusing with the plastic at the bottom of the container, so he scraped it out with a razor blade and smoked a big bowl of plastic and bong water concentrate with the windows closed."
3. "Every time my roommate cooked with her boyfriend, which was almost nightly, she left a pile of dishes in the sink. So, naturally, within two days, the sink was overflowing and there were no dishes or utensils to eat with. We had a dishwasher, which made this way more infuriating. Anyway, one day, I had completely had it when I saw little bugs flying around the kitchen. I told her she needed to do the dishes immediately, and I left for work. When I came back, the dishes were, in fact, done. However, she had left behind the one single knife I had used that morning, dirty in the sink. Even after I had washed and cleaned up after her for months. The level of petty was astounding to me — and, honestly, I think about that incident often."
4. "She had the landlord return the security deposit in her name, even though I'd paid it in full. It was $1,800. When I asked the landlord for the deposit back, he said he already gave it to her, and I had to work it out with her. I was 19 and didn't know any better. Needless to say, she never paid me back. I'm still bitter about it 20 years later. I worked full time in college, and her parents paid her way. $1,800 was a lot of money back then."
5. My roommate was a total slob, and I am not saying this lightly. He would eat dinner on the couch, then put his dirty plate (with scraps and bones) under the couch. I would have to check constantly for that, or we would get some foul smells. One time, he had pancakes and put the plate under the chair, and due to the large amount of leftover maple syrup, we got ants. He would just trash everything and made the house disgusting. Finally, I had enough and I stopped cleaning up after him. I just let the house fall into total ruin.
"He then started staying at his parents' house, telling them and our friends that I was a slob and he couldn't handle it anymore. He eventually moved out and lives with his girlfriend now. She complains constantly that he is a slob, too."
6. "I saw him with a Capri Sun and a pair of scissors with a glass. He proceeds to cut the top of the Capri Sun, going through the straw and pours the juice into the glass."
7. "My sophomore year of college, my roommate invited her boyfriend from New Zealand to come live with us. These were dorm rooms, so it’s not like she had a private space. This guy was living rent free in our room all the time. He was nice enough, but it was impossible to get anything done, including studying during finals week when he had nothing else to do, so he just watched TV constantly. When I brought this up to my roommate, and said that I would appreciate it if he did not stay for the next semester, she got extremely huffy and moved out.
"Thankfully, they didn’t charge me for her half of the room, so I ended up with a single for the cost I had been paying for a double, so I guess it all evened out."