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Roommate needed

Jeffsus

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As a reading member of TRIBE, I'm sure you know enough about me to think twice before becoming my tennant.

The ad reads thusly:

All utilities (cable excluded) included. Imaginary and elsewise.
Extensive conversation required.
Food is generally also included; whether it be cooked here or elsewhere.
Discussion of mathematics and philosophy of many degrees is required and preferably in at least five languages.
Sexuality need not include me but should be open for discussion.
Violent people need not apply.
Parking onsite for several vehicles.
Optimism and the ability to speak with JW required on Saturdays.

A particular sparkle of mind and eye is greatly appreciated, for what reason, I don't know.

I'm paying most of your tab, when I only ask for:

$375CAD per month.

Aquire and consume
 

Taro

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I"d be your roommate if you lived in ottawa...

I fill some of qualifications - philosophy masters - no other languages though....

you seem like a standup gentleman :)
 

Boss Hog

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If I was crazy I would move in and write the book you should have been writing for the last ten years.
 

Jeffsus

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If I was crazy I would move in and write the book you should have been writing for the last ten years.
How could I entrust my book to someone who fails to use the present subjunctive?

Though you are easy on the eyes. No dangling participles, that's where I draw the line.

-jM
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Sal De Ban

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I would love to tender my application, but first, a question: my grandparents left me a large number of armoires....
 

Jeffsus

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One thing I've found interesting, as a slumlord who has often put out requests for roommates.... :

Unless I specify otherwise, I get more than 3 times more female applicants than male.

What does this mean?

I think it means males are generally happy wherever they are and females seem to be constantly looking for greener pastures. Or... something else? Certainly it doesn't mean that there are 3x more women than men.

I was speaking with other slumlords and they all warned me against accepting women as tennants. They had various reasons: more picky, more messy, more likely to have unregistered "guests", ... I'm not saying that any of those reasons are actually true, but there must be a bias against female tennants if:

1. I continuously hear to NOT rent to females
2. I have 300% more females applying than males
3. I'm personally inclined to prefer a male

What does the Zeitgeist say about this?

-jM
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JamesM

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One thing I've found interesting, as a slumlord who has often put out requests for roommates.... :

Unless I specify otherwise, I get more than 3 times more female applicants than male.

What does this mean?
Take it as a compliment, and leave it alone.

You'd probably do well to have more females in your presence.
 
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Jeffsus

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OK so now I have a brief conundrum.

The one male who works at the mall quickly walked away from this place. Which is fine. He works at the mall.

Today I am doing a viewing for a lesbian snow plow driver who is interested. Which is great. Except that,

I already received confirmation from a super hot Singaporean chef who normally works aboard a cruise ship. She's 25 and wants to give me the money right now place unseen. First time in Canada.

My general rule is to commit to the first person who puts down the money.....

What do I doooooo?

-jM
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Jeffsus

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You know I almost posted too many details....

Let's make the story appreciable from a different angle.

She needs a place to live in 10 days. Her immigration depends on it. She's currently on a cruise liner, working, until her next employer, an airline, flies her to the relative interior of Canada.

Where, she wants to live with me.

Not by any romantic arrangement but just pragmatism.

So, I had to set up a "paypal" account, which I learned was a bit fishy,

...

but the end of the story is she'll be here in 10 days and the both of us are probably having no idea what to expect.

She is not Canadian and has never been here before. I had to tell her to find a jacket given the current weather. She hails from much warmer climes.

So I started to think I was being taken for a ride but I vetted her and it's all true.

SO... let's take bets on how long before she moves out?

But it reminds me of the many times I've gone abroad and had about 0% visibility of what I was going into, and ended up with the greatest adventures of my life. Is this the same thing that's happening again?

I personally recall wiring $1600USD to a bank account in East Africa in the "hopes" that my (future) landlord was legit, only to hear a day later that my boss had been shot and "things might be delayed". So this woman is now blindly sending me thousands of dollars, place and people unseen, in the trust that I'll still be here?

Is she an adventure seeker?
Am I gonna get screwed?

-jM
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Sal De Ban

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You know I almost posted too many details....

Let's make the story appreciable from a different angle.

She needs a place to live in 10 days. Her immigration depends on it. She's currently on a cruise liner, working, until her next employer, an airline, flies her to the relative interior of Canada.

Where, she wants to live with me.

Not by any romantic arrangement but just pragmatism.

So, I had to set up a "paypal" account, which I learned was a bit fishy,

...

but the end of the story is she'll be here in 10 days and the both of us are probably having no idea what to expect.

She is not Canadian and has never been here before. I had to tell her to find a jacket given the current weather. She hails from much warmer climes.

So I started to think I was being taken for a ride but I vetted her and it's all true.

SO... let's take bets on how long before she moves out?

But it reminds me of the many times I've gone abroad and had about 0% visibility of what I was going into, and ended up with the greatest adventures of my life. Is this the same thing that's happening again?

I personally recall wiring $1600USD to a bank account in East Africa in the "hopes" that my (future) landlord was legit, only to hear a day later that my boss had been shot and "things might be delayed". So this woman is now blindly sending me thousands of dollars, place and people unseen, in the trust that I'll still be here?

Is she an adventure seeker?
Am I gonna get screwed?

-jM
A&D
Now that you've explained this more, yes this is a standard scam. I always get about 5-10 people either on cruise or naval ships wanting to buy an obscure synthesizer or other music equipment I've sold. So unless a lot of electronic music is being made on cruise ships (which would explain a lot actually), then these are scams. Lol
 

videotronic

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i currently own a house and am happily cohabited with my GF but the thought of being your roommate is making me seriously considering setting up a pied a terre with you.
 

Klubmasta Will

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Now that you've explained this more, yes this is a standard scam. I always get about 5-10 people either on cruise or naval ships wanting to buy an obscure synthesizer or other music equipment I've sold. So unless a lot of electronic music is being made on cruise ships (which would explain a lot actually), then these are scams. Lol
how is it a scam if she's sending money to jeffsus and not the other way around?

as for people wanting to buy your music equipment, how is it a scam if they are sending you money to buy your equipment? unless you are sending them the equipment before getting paid, which i would imagine you would not do?
 
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EltrikSoulCntlr

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how is it a scam if she's sending money to jeffsus and not the other way around?

as for people wanting to buy your music equipment, how is it a scam if they are sending you money to buy your equipment? unless you are sending them the equipment before getting paid, which i would imagine you would not do?
No you wouldn't you get paid before you send the gear. None the less. There are lots of scams people will try to pull with music gear.

Buy the gear and then claim it isn't working properly and they want a refund.

Here is an example where the seller wouldn't fuck around a decided to humilate the buyer.
[YOUTUBE]Ns3aLQ_hzzk[/YOUTUBE]

Incidentally I own the same exact synth. If I want to scam that dude I would strip it down to the PCB, then install his board into my machine and my non working pcb back into his machine and then send it back. I am not a tech per se but I have used enough gear and done enough odd little installs of EPROM, reseating cables and other little tweaks here and there that I am pretty confident I could do a board swap and a seller would be none the wiser when his machine comes back with the same serial number on the case. That is if the seller was sharp enough to record the serial number before he sent it off.

-Or buy the gear and claim its not in the stated condition and they want a partial refund.

Ebay is a heavily favoured towards buyers. If buyers aren't happy with their purchase then they won't buy again. Then Ebay doesn't get paid. When it comes to making decisions between who is right and who is wrong 95% of the time Ebay will side with the buyers, so they can continue to get paid. They get 10% of every sale thru Ebay and another 5% from the transfer of funds thru Paypal so ebay need to protect their source of revenue. The money comes from buyers not sellers. Thus selling on Ebay is some what risky.
 

Sal De Ban

TRIBE Member
how is it a scam if she's sending money to jeffsus and not the other way around?

as for people wanting to buy your music equipment, how is it a scam if they are sending you money to buy your equipment? unless you are sending them the equipment before getting paid, which i would imagine you would not do?
These emails/craigslist responses are all identical, save for 2 or 3 words. Coincidence? Most of the responses for my gear were from ships of some kind. Lol
 

Jeffsus

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how is it a scam if she's sending money to jeffsus and not the other way around?
Well, it wouldn't be a scam if she did indeed send the money. And the story was well told and myself having been in a similar situation (ie. having to wire money around to world to secure a flat sight-unseen) I had some sympathy to the situation.

However, I told myself if any "hiccup" suddenly arises in her plan then it's probably fake and if the idea of sending money comes up it's defo fake.

And sure enough as soon as I told "her' that the account was ready, a perfectly believable story was then appended with a bit fishier one. NOW she needed to get her "stuff" moved to my house which cost $828. The head office of this moving company is in Italy, for whatever reason. But of course no problem, she would add $828 to what she was sending me already as well as $100 to cover the transfer fees.

I asked "Wouldn't the fee be in Euros?" she got back that $828+100 was the exact equivalent of the fee in euros. Working in forgeign exchange every day all day I knew that was a crock.

So she said she had already made the transfer to my account and that it was important for me to send the $828 to this place in Italy by tomorrow otherwise she would incurr fees. So that was the scam clincher.

At work today I was talking with my boss and he rents out a room too and had someone with the exact same story.

So now I'm just toying with the person. I told them the money had arrived but it was not the correct amount -- to which they tried to explain that fees must have been levied and they would correct it... In reality I'm sure they're pretty confused now.

-jM
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Jeffsus

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Get this though,

Today I'm at work and I get a call from the tennant downstairs. She tells me cops are inside my house with my previous roommate who was kicked out for attempted murder and uttering death threats (victim: me). They let him in because he said he still had some backpack or something here.

My question is:
How can cops just enter my house, especially when no one is home? Where'd they get the key? Don't they have to inform me? How do they know that the ex roommate isn't just taking whatever he wants?

Luckily the people downstairs saw the cops and phoned me at work otherwise I wouldn't even know they were in here. Is this legal? How many times is this kid going to show up unannounced with cops? It's his third time here now picking up his "shit".

-jM
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Snuffy

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It depends on how he was evicted and the type of unit that he rented. For example, I share a house with a roommate. He owns the place. Legally, since he shares his living space, I'm considered a guest and he can kick me out for breathing too hard. I have no recourse to get back in.

If it was a self-contained apartment, he would have to go through a lengthy court procedure to have me evicted. He wouldn't be able to just lock the doors without a court order. If he did, I could easily get back in.
 

Jeffsus

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It depends on how he was evicted and the type of unit that he rented. For example, I share a house with a roommate. He owns the place. Legally, since he shares his living space, I'm considered a guest and he can kick me out for breathing too hard. I have no recourse to get back in.

If it was a self-contained apartment, he would have to go through a lengthy court procedure to have me evicted. He wouldn't be able to just lock the doors without a court order. If he did, I could easily get back in.
That isn't exactly the point.

One day Mr. Crazy threatened to kill me and a guest. Then he brought down a knife and actually tried to do it. This is my house, which has more rooms than I need, and Mr. Crazy rented one room. I know that I can get rid of him just because I don't like his hair. Not the point.

Police came and hauled Mr. Crazy away. Drunk tank? Parents place? Mens' shelter? Jail? I don't know. Long conversation with police. They take the weapon.

I'm informed later by social worker that Mr. Crazy is not allowed to contact me directly or indirectly and vice versa and that he is allowed to come escorted by police to collect his belongings.

I pay two people $80 each for a day's worth of collecting Mr. Crazy's shit and cleaning his filth back to a normal looking abode.

Mr. Crazy's shit is subsequently stored in a large van for easy pickup by his mother who, not surprisingly, also has never worked and doesn't drive.

Mr. Crazy's mother needs two trips to pick up all the "property".

Months pass. No word from Mr. Crazy or his mother. Great.

Then all of the sudden I get a phone call that Mr. Crazy is back with two officers, who somehow gain access to my unattended house (ie. someone has a key). Justification of this is that Mr. Crazy left two backpacks somewhere in my house. Police allow him entry, without informing me, to have free reign in the house, in complete absence of any supervision, for him to collect whatever property he claims is his. Then, they leave.

No note. No business card. If it weren't for the tenant in the basement apartment I'd have no idea they were even here.

So I just got off the phone with the regional police and the gentleman seemed as confused as I am about how this could occur. Yet it's incumbent on me to follow up with them "I don't know their schedule" officers to discover the roots of an obvious transgression.

Also he tried to explain that it's fair for a person they arrested for attempted murder and put a peace bond on to still have a key to my house. It reminds me of the post I read somewhere about the military, "You cannot be smarter than this line to take this job".

Hey cops, this is another feather in the hat of "I don't like you, leave me alone."

-jM
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djfear

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This reminds me of a very close friend of mine.

He rented a spot in Orangeville and his semi-deaf landlord whom he calls deaf-leopard (my friend can be a prick sometimes but that makes him a wonderful and colourful character). Anywho, so deaf-leopard one day decides that he doesn't like my friend because he spoke his mind and decides to kick him out and calls the cops - without even discussing it like a proper gentlemen.

So here is my friend, who also has his little son for the weekend during this day, and he has to vacate with a police officer in the house and on top of that all his shit is in this house, and he literally has no time to put everything in his car, including his son's stuff and find a new place to live. No landlord-tenant act works in his favour here, because he's technically renting a room in a house with no separate entrance or kitchen... he's sharing the house and the landlord feels "threatened".

He had to call a police officer to pick anything up at the house, and then the cops even told him that he would have to pay some stupid $85/hour fee when he wanted to go there to collect stuff. Deaf leopard finally relents and apologizes for his stupid transgression and my friend is able to move out in peace.

(the background is that deaf-leopard's family felt threatened by my friend, who's a construction type of guy with tattoos, and deaf-leopard is the type of person who doesn't have much confidence.
 

Jeffsus

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Well I spoke to the officer today and he admitted it would be more professional to have contacted me before coming.

He also said they entered because Mr. Crazy has a key still. I asked why they didn't confiscate it and he said because it's Mr. Crazy's property. I was like "uh uh..." No avail.

I asked "How do you know that the stuff he took was his?" No answer.

I asked if they will get my key back, he said I should change the locks. I reminded him that I was the one who was attacked.

He then mentioned the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which has absolutely nothing to do with this scenario so at this point I realize he's just another cop thinking he can bamboozle me. Then he mentions the landlord tennant act, which I quickly point out doesn't apply.

Then I ask to file a complaint, he says I can talk to his boss. I tell them they all have each other's back and his boss would be pointless, I'll go to a third party.

Anyway.... Mr. Crazy refuses to return my key unless I give him his work boots back. I laughed. He didn't work a day in three years and after 2 months and two trips to pick up his stuff, I figure anything he forgot is mine.

-jM
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