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The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time 

Jessica Lawshe
Updated June 14, 2019 17.5k votes 4.2k voters 597.5k views 20 items

We've all had our share of bad roommates, but the ones on this list will make you feel grateful for even your worst cohabitants. Even if your roommate is the kind of person that eats your entire jar of peanut butter, at least they're not pouring paint on you before a job interview, or blaming you for their husband leaving them. It's always nice to find a silver lining. For starters, chances are you've either had a messy roommate or been the messy roommate. But arguments over who should clean the dishes are child's play compared to these crazy roommate stories. We all know it's important to pay your rent and leave your roomie's food alone, but some people just can't seem to learn the basic rules of roommate etiquette. Maybe living alone is just the way to go.

Our list ranges from silly, harmless pranks to the stuff of nightmares and Presidential hopefuls. You may even learn a thing or two from the world's worst roommates. For instance, never sign a rental agreement that bans you from eating bacon. Also, it's probably not cool to pee on your roommate's clothes unless they're covered in jellyfish. Some of the crazies that are covered here are bad roommates and some are just plain old bad people. Before you go perusing an online roommate finder, you may want to read through these roommate horror stories to make sure you catch the early warning signs.

 Who are the worst roommates of all time? We'll let you decide.

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The Real Single White... Male?
The Real Single White...... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time
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Brittany Ossenfort met her roommate, Michelle, through a mutual friend. Everything was going great until Michelle got all Single White Female on Brittany and started an unofficial, solo look alike contest. Brittany was fine with everything until she got a call from a local police precinct asking her to bail "Brittany Ossenfort" out of county. It turns out that Michelle was actually a trans prostitute who was caught soliciting to a police officer, and when she was arrested she took on Brittany's persona. The entire ordeal has all but ruined the real Brittany's life, and forever connected her name to Michelle/Richard Phillips for the rest of her life. 
 

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Demanding Roommate is Demanding
Demanding Roommate is De... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time
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Moving into a dorm is always a gamble you're more than likely going to lose. These UCLA freshmen learned that the hard way when they started receiving incredibly demanding emails from their roommate before they even moved into the dorms. Imagine trying to mentally prepare to move into a new period into your life while getting novella length emails with paragraphs like this:

“Okay so I’m not sure why neither of you responded back to my emails, but I don’t really care as long as you both know this and understand that I’m not going to settle for anything less than what I’m gonna tell you that I’m gonna get once I arrive in the dorm. I’ll take the top bunk. I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don’t try to leave me that. I’m also taking one of the white closets. There should be two white closes and I’m taking one of them. I don’t care which one it is, just know I’m taking one of them."

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There Should be a "No Pranking" Clause in Your House Contract
There Should be a "... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time
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How fun would it be to live with a guy who considers himself an unofficial member of Jackass? Not fun at all probably. Jackson O'Doherty filmed himself doing everything from pouring paint on his roommate before a job interview to peeling that roommate's eyebrows off. Very cool terrible!

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Family Sues MSU Over Erratic Roommate
Family Sues MSU Over Err... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time
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Sending your 18-year-old child away to college to live with a complete stranger is a scary thing, and Todd and Maureen Clark had their fears affirmed when it turned out that their baby boy was rooming with someone who had already been kicked out of college for stealing mail and committing "sexually inappropriate acts."

After living with the sexually assaulting, mail stealing roommate, the Clark's son tried to commit suicide and had to drop of out school. In 2015 the Clarks sued MSU for an undisclosed amount of money. 

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