How Far Would You Go for a Rent-Free Accommodation

Nowadays, renting a flat is pretty expensive, especially here in Melbourne. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people seek to find cheaper alternatives. But, what would you do if someone offers you a rent-free accommodation? I guess, most people will be willing to do quite a lot, but would you go as far as being dressed as a walrus (yeah, I’ll wait, read that again). And I wish I was joking, but this is a real offer.

Let’s face it, the Internet is a great place, where people can find information about, literally, everything. However, the Internet is also a place where one can find many strange people, with many, let’s say, unusual desires. And although, I’ve stumbled upon plenty of stories or pictures which can raise an eyebrow, the story that I will share with you now is my current favourite.

Recently, an advert posted on Gumtree stated “Lodger Required” at Brighton, England. Nothing unusual you would say, in fact, the ad only gets better because it states that the accommodation is for free. Sounds pretty good, right?

But by now you are probably already wondering what’s the catch? Well, apparently even free, doesn’t really mean free any more. Sure, you won’t have to a pay a dime, but you will be required to wear a walrus costume for about 2 hours a day and perform walrus-like activities. You still think I am joking? Well, here is a small part from the ad :

“To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload). Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus – I believe there are recordings available on the web – to me, the voice is the most natural thing I have ever heard. Other duties will involve catching and eating the fish and crabs that I will occasionally throw to you whilst you are being the walrus.”

I guess your reaction is similar to mine – “is he for real?” Yes, he is and he is not looking for just anyone – in fact you will have to go through an audition first and then if you are good enough at catching fish and making walrus-like noises, then the room will be yours. End of lease cleaning professionals from Melbourne point out that they have seen interesting stuff while cleaning various properties around the city.

But imagine what would be the reaction of seeing someone dressed as a walrus for someone else’s amusement. Personally, I know what I am ready to do in order to save money, but I am not sure that fulfilling weird walrus fetish would be on the list.

Ah, but who am I to judge…

Megan Steel

About Megan Steel

For Megan, landscaping has been a lifetime passion, and writing about it gives her great pleasure. Ms. Steel specializes in contemporary landscape design, and planting, but she also acknowledges the European style, and classic looks (which she has studied in Italy and Spain). If you want to recreate a little piece of heaven right in your backyard, Megan can help you make it happen, so stay tuned for her articles!
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