Living with other people can either be a great decision, or our worst one. After all, you never know what kind of people your housemates will be. God willing, you’ll get good ones. If you are unlucky, like this lady, you may end up wishing your tenancy was over sooner.
Last Sunday (6th March), a lady was slapped by her housemate for cooking at five in the morning. Apparently, the noise woke her up. Needless to say, she was shocked and upset by the sudden physical assault.
The lady, Vestene, explained in a Facebook post that she was living in a rental room with three other housemates. Two males living on the upper floor and one female housemate staying on the ground floor. She had gotten up early that morning to cook, because she was going for a hike with some friends. To her knowledge, the kitchen was a common area, available for use at all times. Her landlord had also confirmed that there was no curfew to use it.
After ten minutes of cooking, she was interrupted by her female housemate. The other woman strode into the kitchen and slapped her. Apparently Vestene had woken her up with her cooking. The lady scolded Vestene with vulgar words and demanded to know why she hadn’t taken the stove to the living room to cook. Vestene told her that she would be filing a police report. To her surprise, her housemate said she would get away with slapping Vestene because she had anxiety. All she had to do was engage a lawyer and sue Vestene.
True to her word, Vestene later filed a police report at the station. Her housemate also came to the station to prove she had anxiety by bringing along an unlabeled pill, claiming it was her anxiety pill. However, the police asked her if she had a card validating her mental illness. Her housemate then stated she had mild anxiety and did not have a card to verify it. “Regardless of anything, one can’t just simply slap someone else and cover it up with “mild anxiety”,” Vestene scoffed.
The police asked her housemate to apologise. “I am willing to apologise but for you to acknowledge my apology is another story,” her housemate said. “Yes, I’m wrong, but she’s also not considerate at all.” Vestene claimed in her post that she did not acknowledge the supposed apology and found it insincere. She added that she had attempted to be considerate by informing her housemate the night before about her using the kitchen. “She chose to stay in that room in front of the kitchen from the very beginning,” Vestene pointed out.
Vestene finally decided to abandon the issue. “It (is a waste of) time talking to uncivilised people,” she stated. She is still living in the same house as this it their last month of tenancy. “I’m still living in fear, hoping she won’t hurt me,” Vestene shared.
Many people found it unreasonable that Vestene’s housemate was hiding behind her anxiety. Several pointed out that cooking in the morning did not warrant a physical assault, even if her housemate did have anxiety.
We hope Vestene will be safe while finishing her tenancy in the house. If her housemate flies off the handle with any excuse, things can get dangerous for her. Hopefully, she can get out of the situation safely and soon.
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