This woman’s tale of petty revenge on her friend turned nightmare landlord is an excellent story about defending what you believe in.
New Home, New Beginning
The Original Poster (OP) thought she had won the lottery when she moved into a new house that a friend had recently purchased.
Their friend (K) had bought the house for the sole purpose of renting it out and asked OP to move in, giving her free reign of the house.
A Beautiful Roof Terrace
She decided to rent the top floor, turning it into her own little studio apartment with a big roof terrace.
The bottom floor had its own outside area, and the way renting the top floor was explained to her by K was that the roof terrace was part of her studio apartment.
An Absolute Mess
The house used to be a hostel and came with everything still in it, and it was an absolute mess! She enlisted a few friends to help her clean everything up, buy new furniture for the terrace, and make it look pretty.
After all the hard work, it looked amazing, especially the roof terrace, which she turned into her own slice of meditation/lounge heaven.
The Friend Moves In
Everything seemed to be going well until K decided to move out of her own house (to rent it out and make more money) and move in with OP temporarily.
OP wondered what her long-term plan was.
Friend Suddenly Changed Her Mind
It turned out that K wanted to take part of the roof terrace and turn it into her room!
OP argued that it was part of what she rented, but K claimed that she could use it while she allowed it, but it wasn’t part of OP’s rental.
Gives in to Pressure
After some arguing, OP decided to budge and adjusted the roof terrace to fit K’s room.
To her credit, K only took 60 sq feet, but it was a sign of things to come.
K was cheap and slow with fixing things around the house. She always sought the cheapest solutions that would break again quickly.
She put a timer on the hot boiler because she thought people having five-minute showers was too long, so there would often be no warm water for showers.
She constantly complained about leaving lights on and was hard to live with.
The Final Straw
But what finally pushed OP over the edge was when K stole her motor oil, a full gallon, and put it in her car.
Enough Is Enough
When OP came home and saw it missing, the friend first denied it until she couldn’t deny it any longer. She then admitted to taking it but refused to pay for the replacement.
They had a huge fight, and OP told her she was going to look for a new house. She was mad about the motor oil – it was about $100 worth, and her landlord had essentially just stolen it from her!
So began her revenge.
In the weeks following, OP disabled the washing machine, the oven, the fridge, the locks, and the friend’s car! She did it to get back at K, and it ended up costing her more than just replacing the oil.
A Sneaky Plan
The washing machine was easy to disable. OP put black duct tape over the mechanism that checks if the door is closed, so it felt like the door was closed the whole time, and you couldn’t start a new program.
After about ten days, she took this off herself when she had to do her own laundry.
In the meantime, K’s “guy” showed up to check the problem, which cost €50. The oven was an old gas oven, and OP plugged the gas input on the inside of the oven with dirt from the oven.
After a good cleaning from “the guy,” he’d fixed it for another €50. In K’s car, OP disconnected the breaker to start the car. She trained as a mechanic, so it was fairly easy.
Petty and Vindictive?
K never suspected it was OP, and she left three weeks later anyway, never to speak to her again.
Proud of Herself
She never told anyone what she did because she was scared it made her look petty and vindictive, but she wasn’t sorry at all – maybe even a little bit proud that she stood up for herself!
Let It Go
Unfortunately, OP couldn’t take the furniture she brought to her new house, but she gave them to a friend.
Initially, the friend was supposed to keep them until OP found another house, but she never needed them back, so the friend still has them.
Despite losing the furniture she had bought for the house, OP didn’t regret standing up for herself.
She believes society needs more people standing up for themselves instead of rolling over and playing dead. While her actions may seem petty to some, she knew she had done what was necessary to protect herself and her sanity.
She Took Advantage
Redditors liked this woman’s story of revenge. One user said, “Oh my gosh. She absolutely took advantage of you and your hard work!
Frankly, that pettiness was completely justified, and I’m here for it!”
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