If you rent, as many people do, you likely had to pay a rental deposit before you moved in. I only lived in one apartment in my lifetime, and we had to pay a month of rent as a deposit. This was right after college, and my friend and I stayed there for two years, at which point he moved out and I stayed for several more months before moving out myself.
After I moved out, I was not expecting to get much of the deposit back. Unlike what you might expect from two guys in their early 20’s, we actually tried to keep the place in good shape. We were pretty clean and kept on top of things, so why, then, was I not expecting to get the deposit back?
Because of the spaghetti sauce incident.
At the job where I was working, we staffed a 24×7 operation. As such, we rotated through various shifts. The ‘night shift’ only required a couple of people, so thankfully we only had to be on this shift for about a month out of the year. This was my month.