The Worst Roommate Horror Stories of All Time

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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. 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 Roommate Who Smeared Blood Everywhere

    It's common for roommates to argue about which channel to watch, but it's just a little bit wild when an argument over the remote turns into a call to the police. When these roommates couldn't agree, they not only called the cops, but one of the ladies accused the other of smearing period blood all over the bed. Even worse? That period blood turned out to be the accusing roommate's own! (Seriously, the cops tested it.)

    1,175 votes
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    The Roommate Who Pooped In The Room


    While staying in a hostel in Barcelona, a weary traveler was woken up in the middle of the night by a trunk Brazilian guy wearing nothing but a towel. After some heated words, the guy noticed that his hand smelled terrible. When he turned on the light he saw that his hand was covered in some mystery feces. When he confronted the Brazilian, he played dumb, and in the time it took to wash his hand off the Brazilian had fallen asleep in his bed.

    1,260 votes
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    The Roommate Who Caused A Lawsuit

    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 son was rooming with someone who had already been kicked out of college for stealing mail and committing "sexually inappropriate acts."

    After living with the roommate, the Clarks' son tried to take his own life and had to drop out of school. In 2015 the Clarks sued MSU for an undisclosed amount of money. 

    1,420 votes
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    The Roommate Who Poured Spit And Windex In Food

    Here's an idea for all you folks that found your roommate on Craigslist, or by some other twist of fate: set up a hidden camera in your kitchen.

    You never know if your roommate is going to go full Heathers and pour spit and Windex into your food like Hayley King, a University of South Carolina student who was arrested after her roommates caught her acting oddly.

    1,198 votes
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    The Roommate Who Filmed Himself Pulling Pranks

    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.

    1,465 votes
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    The Roommate Who Sent Demanding Emails

    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.

    1,565 votes