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226. A Practical Joke
On craigslist.com, a “Sheldon” wrote that he was
. “I’m starting a new life, and I don’t
anything that reminds me of my old life,”
announced on the website. Giving his address, he
everyone to visit his apartment on April 19
8 to noon: “Take whatever you want; it’s
When the real Sheldon returned from his
shift at the hospital that day, he was
to find his apartment door unlocked. He was
to find his apartment stripped clean. I’ve been
, he thought. He knocked on his neighbor’s door.
told Sheldon that he had seen strangers coming
going that morning. When Virgil asked them what
going on, one said that Sheldon was giving
his belongings away. “I wish you had told
,” Virgil said. “When I went into your apartment,
was nothing good left.”
Sheldon explained that he
’t told Virgil about the giveaway because he hadn’t
about it himself. Virgil said that he saw
inside the apartment; she seemed to be in
of things. “My ex-girlfriend Pamela?” Sheldon asked. “My
“Ex? When did you two break
?” Virgil asked.
They had dated for two years.
had left him just recently. She had seen
standing with a woman in the parking lot.
had told her it was only his coworker. “
coworker? Is it normal for coworkers to kiss
the parking lot?” Pamela asked. Sheldon said that
wasn’t kissing his coworker. She had simply asked
to smell her breath to be sure her
smelled okay. She had eaten garlic bread at
As Pamela stormed away, Sheldon heard her say
about getting even.