Being a veteran isn’t easy. You have to make it through wars when some of your friends aren’t so lucky. You have to come home to lukewarm applause, and then suffer through PTSD without adequate benefits. You have to struggle to get a job while lazy Ivy League hipsters are getting six-figure offers. Worst of all, you have to pretend to like Toby Keith songs. But now, there’s a new danger facing veterans: they’re being denied housing. That’s what happened to Sgt. Joel Morgan, who was refused a Boston apartment because the landlady was vehemently anti-war. From TheBlaze.com:
In a voicemail dated to April 9, played for the Boston Herald in the presence of the veteran’s lawyer, 63-year-old Janice Roberts reportedly said: “It just is not going to be comfortable for us without a doubt. It probably would be better for you to look for a place that is a little bit less politically active and controversial,” adding, “We are very adamant about our political beliefs.”
Sgt. Joel Morgan, who served in the National Guard, explained: “For her to do that to me, it was like a spit in the face…For what we have gone through overseas, to come home to our country and have people… discriminate against us… It made me extremely insecure about being a soldier.”
This is why telling the truth is overrated. This lady could have avoided the trouble by just making up some reason why she couldn’t rent the place to the veteran. Just say the guy failed his credit check. Nobody knows what a good credit score is anyway. You could tell me my credit score was 790 and I’d be like, “cool, did I pass?” Or tell the guy that someone came in at the last minute and offered more money. Real estate is nice in that it’s the one professional where you’re not expected to keep your word. No one blames you when you go back on a promise to make an extra 50 bucks. Come to think of it, I should have went into real estate. You spend your entire life bullshitting people, you peer pressure people into making bad decisions, you drive a fancy car, and your work day doesn’t start until noon. It really fits nicely with my skill set. Alright, it’s official. I’m going into real estate. So long, suckers!
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