What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Hepatitis Heaters

I had a roommate ( the worst kind of neighbor) who is the dumbest person I have ever met. She and her boyfriend used to make me so angry because they would leave space heaters on when no one was home; something so crazy dangerous and they just did not understand despite my many requests.On New Years Eve 1999, I went to a party where they happened to be. We all carpooled home in a taxi. On the way home the boyfriend, Chris, decided he wanted to see the sun rise while playing guitar on the train tracks. The girlfriend, Lilly, was not so happy about this so when we arrived at our apartment she took his guitar and smashed if against the wall. We were all stunned. She then proceeded to walk into the kitchen, grab a knife from a drawer, cut one of her palms open and rub the blood on her face, all the while yelling "look what you've done to me!" She then placed the knife BACK IN THE DRAWER. I turned to my boyfriend and told him "That's it, I'm moving out of here before I get hepatitis." Lilly, overhearing this, brayed at me, "How do you get hepatitis...from heaters?!?" Needless to say, I got the hell out of there without bothering to explain myself.


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