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    Land Of The Free, Home Of The Naive

    | Virginia, USA |

    (I get a call from a new renter with whom I had signed a lease contract with the previous night.)

    Me: “Thanks for calling [apartments]! How may I help you?”

    Renter: “My name is *** and I just signed the lease last night. I want to cancel it.”

    Me: “Cancel? I’m sorry, but the lease is a binding contract between yourself and the management company as we discussed.”

    Renter: “What! I don’t want it! Just cancel it!”

    Me: “Well, there are some options. We can try to rent the apartment to another tenant to end your lease early, or, if you happen to qualify for a job or military transfer–”

    Renter: “I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. I can’t believe that in the United States of America, I can sign a legal document, and not get out of it!” *hangs up*