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Most of us have had at least one bad roommate. I had several at one point... and those were enough for me. Think about it: Large house, a bunch of different people... there was bound to be friction. I don't miss those days. The food lying around, the roommates who didn't bathe regularly and left dirty towels lying around in the single bathroom that house had or the one roommate who didn't know how to wash dishes properly. The frustration was unreal. Let's just say I escaped and years later, after a couple of other roommate situations, I thankfully live alone and stress-free!

People told us all about their worst roommates after Redditor Out-of-Simpacks asked the online community,

"What's your roommate horror story?"

"It felt weird wearing them..."

"My first college roommate hated doing laundry.

When he ran out of clean underwear for a date, he'd "borrow" mine (even though I told him to leave my stuff alone).

As I once described, he'd return my underwear unwashed after his dates with all his "smells" (and hers) trapped in the material.

It felt weird wearing them afterward, knowing his junk had been in them."

Back2Bach

You should have put some habanero sauce in them. That would have taught him a lesson.

"Luckily another roommate..."

"College roommate put eggs on to boil for lunch, packed for spring break, and then she left. With the eggs still boiling on the stove.

Luckily another roommate came back in between classes and saw it with maybe half an inch of water left in the pan. He didn't normally come home at that time too, so we were really lucky she didn't burn the place down."

plaidporcupine

I will never understand people who don't mind the stove while cooking something. To not do so is really asking for trouble.

"I had a guy who was a grad student..."

"I had a guy who was a grad student as a roomie for a while. He would come home at 2 am and was just incapable of being quiet. Aside from slamming every door he touched, he would loudly pace up and down in the kitchen while waiting for his whistling kettle to boil. Every. Single. Night. I was so glad when he finished and left.

In contrast, the guy before him was also a grad student, kept similar hours, and was as quiet as a mouse."

FrightenedOfSpoons

Noise would drive me crazy. Thankfully, he's gone!

"She then decided..."

"My first college roommate had pictures of herself taped all over her mirror. That was my first sign. She then decided to wage war on me because she decided, for some random reason, that she didn't like me. I had friends next door and down the hall and we never really hung out with her because she had her own circle of friends. Anyway, this b*tch short-sheeted my bed, spread peanut butter on my sheets, and stole a pair of my shoes. Thank God she left after the first semester."

Kindergoat

Sounds like narcissim to a T. You're free now!

"Then she accused me..."

"I had a roommate who liked to have sex with her boyfriend on the kitchen table. There would be condoms draped on top of the full trash can all the time.

Then she accused me of stealing her mushrooms because she forgot that she had taken them the week before.

I kicked her out, and she left the apartment key in a pile of cigarette ashes."

guyhamilton

That's just nasty. I will never understand people who live like that.

"His solution..."

"One of my old housemates had a bad habit of being drunk and hungry, but not having any snacks around.

His solution would be to cook while wasted. One time he was blacked out while cooking sausage on the stove at 4 am. He got distracted and left the sausage to take a SHOWER. Thankfully one of us was woken up by the smoke before the house burned down. Safe to say that he was not allowed to cook with the stove after a certain hour."

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"A roommate who was an aspiring record producer..."

"A roommate who was an aspiring record producer and spent hours every day tweaking the same two songs."

TacticalOutcaller

This definitely got old... fast.

"I had a roommate who was frequently drunk..."

"I had a roommate who was frequently drunk and one day I came home to find him burning my clothes in the backyard. I also had to start locking my bedroom door because there were a few occasions where he came in and passed out in my bed even when I told him he wasn't in his room."

Carebear_Of_Doom

"I immediately walked out..."

"I traveled a lot as a college student and I got home after a weekend and my roommates had thrown a party, which was somewhat normal.

I went to my bed and they'd let some chick sleep in it and she peed herself.

I immediately walked out the front door and found an apartment for myself."

No7an

Good for you! Living alone was the best decision I ever made. So much relief.

"Time to dust this one off..."

"Time to dust this one off again and dive straight into the PTSD. I had a housemate who, over the span of six months managed the following:

  • Encouraged a rodent infestation by leaving food out.
  • Dialled the heating to full because she was cold. Whenever anyone turned it back down, she'd just dial it back up. After a week of near constant 40*C heat, I turned the heating off and smashed the thermostat. Our gas bill for that month was £500.
  • Left the door unlocked while she went to work, allowing the house to get burgled. Twice.
  • Flooded the house with gas by turning on the stove but failing to light it.
  • Refused to pay bills because "her husband already paid them for his house". She could not grasp that each property has its own utility bills.
  • Started trawling bars and bringing home random weirdos.
  • Moved her smack head boyfriend in, who she'd picked up at a bar three days earlier. He started stalking other residents and lurking around the house while carrying a kitchen knife and apologising profusely."

Shas_Erra

It's a shame that living alone is so expensive and beyond reach for many people out there. (I definitely lucked out, and am thankful each and every day.)

But maybe some of you enjoy communal living! Good for you. That's all I have to say about that.

Have some horror stories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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