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Do not share with other expats in Thailand, Philippines, etc

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Do not share with other expats in Thailand, Philippines, etc

Postby ladislav » January 22nd, 2011, 4:11 am

I was recently in a country X and it was cheap to live there, but then I decided well, maybe I could share a house with a bunch of other expats. It would help me save money. But I have learned many things that prevent me from doing it now. It is just not worth it.

In other words, there are hidden dangers in it, so I do not recommend that you do it. Why?

One of your housemates may have unhealthy interests in people of a certain age range, and if he brought such people in and got caught, it would involve you by default just because you are there and he can also blame you if anything happens. A wacko can do things like that. In certain sleazy countries, expats can be strange and many are downright criminal or just foolhardy and cavalier. You may be a long time resident mindful of local laws and traditions but they may be newbies who think they can get away with things. And they might for while, especially if they use you as a scapegoat

Another housemate can use drugs or bring a girlfriend who is using drugs and there can be a raid, and you can end up at a police station with the rest of them and again, they can blame you and say those drugs were supplied by you!

Not to mention that many can run up stellar gas, water or electric bills and then just skip and you will have to be explaining this to the landlord.

Anyway, when in poorer countries, loosen up your purse strings a bit, and invest in a private, secure and safe residence for you only! Do not get housemates! Got it?
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Postby MrPeabody » January 22nd, 2011, 6:15 am

In Mexico, I have heard several stories. One was a man who was with a friend and the friend got into a fight. Both the man and friend were arrested even though the man had nothing to do with it. In fact, I have been told to even avoid any altercations on the street because the policia will automatically arrest anyone in the immediate area. Lesson learned - in third world countries don't hang around with someone unless they have a good character, because if something happens you will be assumed guilty by association.
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Postby Think Different » January 22nd, 2011, 6:19 am

What about developed countries? I've met plenty of whackjobs in Western Europe, most of whom are Americans just looking for trouble.
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Postby xiongmao » December 20th, 2011, 3:23 pm

Same happens in the UK, especially if you're sharing a student house or something. I was forever having to pay someone else's share of the gas bill.

I wouldn't trust any expats in another country - it's too easy for them to go back home and leave you to pick up the bills (or worse).
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Postby Mangus the Red » February 23rd, 2012, 2:57 pm

I stick with the locals whenever possible. My first priority when I come to a foreign country to work is to pick up the language and customs ASAP.
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Postby Renata » May 24th, 2012, 1:12 pm

Thanks ladislav that's good advice!

A flatmate of mine in the UK needed to open a bank account, he asked me to go with him to fill forms etc because his English wasn't so good. I went & all was fine until the banker asked him if I was his wife, he said yes ... then this bloody Indian pulled out a fake Eastern European passport to open the account with. I knew it was fake because he mentioned prior that the UK was the first place he's ever lived overseas.
I was so angry half way through the process with the banker I left... & can you believe he got his bank account.

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