by John Hawkins | May 13, 2003 9:14 pm
Roommate Troubles: I’ve had a lot of interesting roommates over the years. One of my roomies was from Turkey and he had a habit of getting drunk and turning the heat all the way up and then falling asleep, which meant it would be 90 degrees+ when I woke up in the morning. He also ran up hundreds of dollars worth of phone bills which he never paid me for and cooked chicken directly on the rack in the oven with nothing under it.
Another was a neat freak who WENT NUTS because I accidentally dropped a noodle on the floor. Of course, I wasn’t always easy to live with. There was one roommate who had a refrigerator I coated with mustard and ketchup because he wouldn’t help us clean. With another roomie, I took an alarm clock, set it to 4 AM and hid in a huge pile of junk under his bed. I bet it took him 10 minutes to figure out what was going and get to it to shut it off. A lot of these people screwed me out of rent, some of them I loathed, and of course there were plenty of roomies I got along with as well. But none of them as crazy as this guy…
“A man thrown out by his roommate returned to the home and hid in an attic crawl space for nearly six weeks, spying on the roommate through a telephone tap and hidden baby monitors, police said.
The secret surveillance was discovered Saturday when someone investigating strange noises pushed a screwdriver into a hole in the ceiling, and the screwdriver was pushed back, police Sgt. Andy Dewese said.
After he was discovered, Robin E. Lewis fled in a stolen vehicle, then returned Sunday and left his ex-roommate a note reading, “I will always be watching you,” police said.
…Smith told police he kicked Lewis out of the two-story town house at the end of March for failing to pay his share of the rent.
After that, Smith said, he heard odd noises for weeks but could never locate the source.
On Saturday, he and some guests found dime-sized holes in the ceilings of the master bedroom and living room, Dewese said. That was when one of them pushed a screwdriver into one of the holes, and someone pushed back.
Smith and a guest then searched an upstairs storage room and found Lewis in a 10-by-10-foot chamber hidden behind an insulation panel, according to the police report.
Lewis ran, snatched Smith’s keys from a counter and sped off in his car, police said.
The hidden room contained a chair, laptop computer, videocassette record and television, plus bags of beer cans, fast food wrappers and other trash, police said. Lewis apparently had tapped into Smith’s cable and telephone lines, police said.
Police also found baby monitor transmitters had been hidden throughout the house with a receiver in the crawl space, suggesting that Lewis tracked Smith’s activities and roamed the town house freely while Smith was at work.”
But hey, that’s child’s play compared to hiding in the house for weeks, spying on your roommate, and then coming back to leave a note that say, “I will always be watching you.” Whoever this poor guy’s housemate was has the king of all bad roommate stories to tell. Heck, I could even see adding a couple of fictional twists on the end and making it into an HBO original movie. It couldn’t be worse than “Laura Croft: Tomb Raider” right?
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