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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-04 08:57 AM
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6. When my son was young...
and I was a single mom, this happened to me OFTEN. Most landlords were not even subtle about it. "We don't want any problem kids living here." As if just because I was single, my kid is automatically a 'problem'. Back in the early 80s, it was common to be told 'this is an 'adult only' complex.' Even if it was against the law, it was a common thing to run across.

I was recently looking to move and had found a perfect townhouse. The landlady was nice and I filled out the app. She called me back and said, "Sorry, the owners will not rent to you because you had 'too many' last names show up on your credit report. What the fuck? Because I have been married twice I'm now considered a bad credit risk? And it wasn't just the last names "Your middle initial keeps changing." Well, DUH... sometimes it is listed as my middle name I was given at birth, sometimes it was listed as my maiden name used as my middle name. She made it sound like I was some kind of scam artist or something. Jesus.

Then there are the landlords who couldn't determine what race I was, and would try to find out by asking off the wall questions. "You go to the beach alot? You sure got a nice tan." Or they would start in about their family geneaology and then start asking about mine. I do have an exotic look and no one can really guess what race/ethnic group I fit in. I've been mistaken for creole, hispanic, native american, mediterranean, arabian, etc. In truth, I'm just a dark-skinned white girl (jewish, german, and irish).
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