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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 02:09 AM
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37. You aren't being an asshole. You are right, and so was my mother.
I knew the rules -- I grew up watching them -- and I bent them for these people. I was nervous because the place had been vacant for two months, they had cash in hand, looked like good employment, and their references checked out, BUT their credit was iffy, and they had a sporadic payment history with their previous landlord, which they had a reasonable explanation for (she'd been laid off, but was working now). I also know the rule about 'evict immediately' but I let myself get played. I have lost track of the 'just give us a few more days' speeches; they keep planning on getting checks any minute from fill-in-the-blank.

My mother warned me about people like this, but I had to get burned myself because I really thought these people were just going through a temporary trouble that was going to be controllable, and kicking a family out two weeks before Christmas as he was waiting to find out if he had lung cancer was more than I could stomach. Plus, the answer seemed so reasonable -- income tax refund to catch everything up/get ahead a bit, and a decent lawyer to fight for his disability. There is also a rich brother in the picture someplace, but he apparently has been burned before, and refuses to help. That was kind of a serious warning, and is one of the clues I've been watching for the last couple of months.

I didn't take care of business. Now I'm burning. But she's still not a nice person for buying the damn car.
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