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Aftermath of an AWOL roommate

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Human_Paraquat, May 15, 2008.

  1. Human_Paraquat

    Human_Paraquat Active Member

    It appears my roommate of four months — and friend of two-plus years — has up and left town. Long story short, I think some financial troubles were piling up, and he's trying to play the "breakdown" angle as a way to wriggle out of them.

    Has anyone else ever dealt with this? My biggest question — he left a lot of stuff here (nice TV, video game systems, DVDs, CDs, books, etc.). He's made no attempt to contact me, though he's contacted others in town. I don't feel much obligation to go out of my way to get his stuff to him. And, he owes me money, so I'm at least holding his XBox 360 hostage until I get it.

    Anyone know the statute of limitations on how long his stuff needs to be abandoned before I can start listing it on eBay? Especially if he never makes contact with me.
  2. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    How old is the guy? I dealt with a situation like this before, but the other roommates and I were able to call her parents to come get her stuff and pay her share of the bills. We were in college, though, so it was more acceptable.
  3. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Give him a month and then have a lawn sale.
  4. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    That sounds like a fair amount of valuable 'stuff'.

    I'd be willing to bet he gets in contact with you in the next couple of weeks.
  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    What games did he leave for the 360?
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Best thing for you to do is to upper deck the toilet. Boy, will he get a surprise when he slinks back in a couple months.
  7. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    A guy across the hall in my dorm (this is about 28 years ago) got kicked out of school early in the spring semester, so my roommate confiscated the rental refrigerator that he'd left behind. We used the 'frig to keep our Molsons cold for the rest of the semester then, before heading home for the summer, he traded it for an ounce of pot.
  8. Human_Paraquat

    Human_Paraquat Active Member

    The guy is 26 years old. He was supposed to be paying the gas and electric but wasn't (I paid the cable/internet). So he owes me $170 for what I paid last week to keep the power from getting shut off. He also owes another friend $300 that he had to borrow last month to pay rent, late fees, etc. because he hadn't been paying the rent on time.

    He's not originally from this town, has skipped out on his job, and I don't think any of his friends will be very sympathetic if he comes back. Also, unrelated to the drama, the landlord changed our locks earlier this week, so he has no way into the apartment.

    I've called every day, sent text messages, e-mails, facebook messages. He hasn't responded to any of them, though he has sent brief messages to a couple of other people. It wasn't like we had a falling out, so I feel he's the one who needs to contact me to make arrangements, not the other way around.
  9. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Did he leave his porn collection?
  10. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Just tell him, "I'll give you X number of days to come get your stuff or I will sell it."

    If he doesn't get it, that works for me. Do as your heart's content.
  11. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Change the locks or he will take the shit when you are at work.
  12. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    If he only owes you $170, you got more than that sitting in the TV and the video game system, so you're gonna get your money one way or another.

    I'd give him 30 days for sure. Maybe more, since it sounds like he's facing financial issues. Selling what stuff he does have can compound his situation.
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