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March 29, 2024 13 mins

Dear Steve and Shirley, I need your help on how to resolve a big mess with one of my girlfriends. I have a non- profit organization for homeless women and I provide clothing and toiletries for the ladies. I’ve been using part of my living room to sort donations. An old friend of mine recently lost weight and donated her old clothes to my organization. I went by her house to pick up the items and I was happy to see that she had two big black garbage bags full of clothes..............


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Speaker 1 (00:00):
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Speaker 2 (00:19):
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you here. It is a Strawberry.

Speaker 1 (00:23):
Letter subject she gave me more than I bargained for.
Dear Stephen Shirley, I need your help on how to
resolve a big mess with one of my girlfriends. I
have a nonprofit organization for homeless women, and I provide
clothing and toiletries for the ladies. I've been using part
of my living room to sort donations. An old friend

of mine recently lost weight and donated her old clothes
to my organization. I went by her house to pick
up the items, and I was happy to see that
she had two big black garbage bags full of clothes.
My trunk was already full, so she put the two
bags on my back seat. As I drove home, I
noticed something flying around the car. I pulled over to

see what it was, and I was grossed out when
I saw it was a big brown roach on my
back seat. I didn't know how it got in there,
but I live in a humid city, so it could
have crawled in from the outside. I went on home
and put both bags in my living room, and I
opened the bags to peek inside, then got distracted by

the phone ringings. I went back into my living room
a few minutes later to find a roach crawling on
the windowsill and another roach crawling on the mirror. I
was so startled and grossed out, but I managed to
get a cell phone video of the bugs. I called
my husband at work and he came straight home. He

checked my car and found two small roaches in there.
He called an exterminator to come immediately to spray the
house and my car.

Speaker 2 (01:56):
Be quiet, you, guys.

Speaker 1 (01:58):
I called my girlfriend and to her I threw her
clothes away because they were full of roaches. I asked
her to reimburse us for the exterminator, and she told
me to go to hell. I sent her the roach
video and she blocked my number. How can she act
like this? Should we take her to court for the money? Really?

To court? Come on, now, I know you're mad and
grossed out and everything. And I definitely will be and
would be too because ew ew. But stop. Okay, she's
like anything back. You will not be reimbursed. You sound

crazy and ungrateful to her. Why because people with roaches
always always always act like is no big deal. They
always act like that, it's just a darm road.

Speaker 2 (02:54):

Speaker 1 (02:55):
I can't, for the life of me understand this logic,
but it is what it is. I think maybe they
see roaches so much that maybe they become immune to them,
or you know, they're just part of the furniture whatever.

Speaker 2 (03:09):
I don't know.

Speaker 1 (03:10):
So you're just gonna have to take an l on
this one and go on with your life, okay, And
nothing is going to change. You're not going to resolve
this issue with her. Be glad you could afford an
exterminator so you wouldn't have to deal with as many
roaches as she's dealing with in her house. Okay, like her,
that's it. Nothing, Just move on, Nothing's gonna happen. It's

roaches in her opinion, in her mind.

Speaker 3 (03:35):
Steve, should we take her to court for the money?

Speaker 2 (03:43):

Speaker 1 (03:44):

Speaker 3 (03:46):
Do you know how much you got to go to court?
You're gonna have to take off work. You got to
miss days. You got to get some lawyers. How much
was the ex exterminator? The roaches just got there.

Speaker 2 (04:05):
They hadn't even.

Speaker 3 (04:06):
Had chance to set up. Your husband had the exterminator
come that day.

Speaker 2 (04:13):
Now, let's just come to something.

Speaker 3 (04:15):
You went over there, you picked up the clothes, your
damn self. You put him in the back seat. See
that what you get. See when you go picking up bags,
you need to o't up and look inside. Yes, they
was in there because this bag were full of roaches.

You could believe this. Now, they were full of roaches.
They that got out in the car. Litt's too, Lou
was there. They're making kids in this bank. Indeed, roaches
been down in that bag. That ain't no bag. That's
that that has like the the that's that's like a hotel.
Now there there there making little roaches, big roaches. Now

you're in the car and you noticed something was flying around.
You say, you live in a human city, so it
could have flew from me in outside.

Speaker 2 (05:13):
Well, let me ask you something. Was the windows down?

Speaker 3 (05:16):
Because then sound like it it's hot.

Speaker 2 (05:20):
She had the air on, so you had a on.
So now you already know they ain't came in through
the window.

Speaker 3 (05:27):
I didn't know how I got in there, So you
are you could have crawled in from outside. So you
get home and you put both your bags down in
your living room and you open the bags to peek inside.
This ain't time for peaking. You got to look. When
you see a roach. Peaking is over the roaches peaks.

You got to look see.

Speaker 1 (05:49):
Stomp one more time.

Speaker 3 (05:53):
Roaches peak. You got to look see stomp. You got
to get these roaches before they get to them walls.

Speaker 1 (06:04):
Who too late?

Speaker 2 (06:06):
If one pegnant.

Speaker 3 (06:08):
Roach get in that wall, it's a rap, good, Lord
of Mighty. Yeah, you know where they came from, right,
because when you came back and got distracted by the
phone call, you came back to the bank and.

Speaker 2 (06:28):
You found they had started coming out the bag.

Speaker 1 (06:31):

Speaker 3 (06:32):
They was on the window and the window seal. You
probably ain't see the one that got up under the console.

Speaker 1 (06:40):
Okay, how hold that thought right there, Steve, we'll have you.
You ain't see that coming up at twenty three minutes
after the hour subject, she gave me more than I
bargained for. We'll get back into it right after this.
You're listening morning show. All right, Steve, come on, let's
recap today's strawberry letter. Subject she gave me more than

I bargained for.

Speaker 3 (07:03):
This damn letter is about roaches. You know, had us
all full of hope with the title. She ain't even
molding our bargain for house, and boy, what you're complaining
for right now? This lady got a girlfriend. She collect
clothing for homeless people. Her girl told her she got

two big bags over here. Now them bags been sitting
there for a while. You took him to hel and
fit in your trunk. You put him in the back seat,
put him in the back seat, and you noticed on
the way.

Speaker 2 (07:34):
Home something was flying around in the car.

Speaker 3 (07:36):
That was a roach. You got out, you took the
bags and put him in the house. You decided to
peek inside. Like I said before, when we dealing with roaches,
you got ain't no peaking. When you're dealing with roaches,
you got this look, see Stump, That's how this worked.

You got to be lst You got to look. So
now you get distracted, you come back. You peek in
the bag that's full of it's a garbage bag full
of clothes.

Speaker 2 (08:14):
You notice that it was a roach. Had got out, was.

Speaker 3 (08:21):
Crawling on the window seal, and another roach was crawling
on the mirror. They was they had been in that
bag for a while, so they was heading to the
light new lane. But now all roaches don't like life.
So a couple of the roaches and got out. That
band got up under something. You got scared, called your husband.
He came right home because I be damn here. I

have been working my whole life trying to get out
of my prior conditions.

Speaker 2 (08:49):
And now I'm over here. What what roach?

Speaker 3 (08:53):
Plus you panic? Y'all call exterminator boom. But he went
outside in the car and he found two small roaches
in there. Now, let me explain something to you. Roaches
can survive in the car. They can breathe in the car.
Everybody done wasted a French fry down their little seat

right between the console.

Speaker 2 (09:15):
And the seat. That's huge.

Speaker 3 (09:18):
Everybody had a little rawn from a doughnut. One whole
french fry king pretty much hold a hundred roaches.

Speaker 2 (09:28):
A week. One long lass French fry can feed a
hundred roaches for a week. I don't know that for
a fact, but it's just Steve, like, they can hang
in there.

Speaker 3 (09:40):
Okay, So now you called your girlfriend and you told
her that you threw her clothes away because they was
full of roaches. Now, without doing anything, you asked this
woman to reimburse y'all for the exterminator. But see you
was talking to her crazy, that's what See, you ain't
to the letter girl. I came up your house and

you gonna gave me funk air clothing. There's roaches in
my car and in my house, and we had to
get an exterminator.

Speaker 2 (10:09):
You owe us.

Speaker 3 (10:10):
And in front of the exterminator, sheetter hung up on you.
Your husband took a video of the roaches. Think who
need a video of a damn roach? Just because it's
a video of a damn roach, don't mean it's her roaches.

Speaker 2 (10:25):
Cause see, let me tell you about law.

Speaker 3 (10:27):
Once the roaches are transported, those are no longer her roaches.

Speaker 2 (10:34):
Them is your roaches. These it's your roaches. Yes, that's
a law.

Speaker 3 (10:43):
Once once roaches leave your property line, them are not
your roaches anymore. They have thumbed the ride somewhere else
and they are now belonged to the new owners that
has the dope center for the harvest.

Speaker 2 (11:03):
This is all court.

Speaker 3 (11:05):
Cases that I'm like dealing with right now. So I'm
just gonna tell you in the court of common sense,
these are your roaches, and she cannot reimburse you for
your roaches. And you you crazy for writing us. Yeah,
this is just about roaches.

Speaker 1 (11:22):
We don't care, and the lady with the roaches doesn't care.

Speaker 3 (11:26):
Now, let me ask you a question, then, I want
an honest answer. Anybody in here didn't grow up and
didn't see no roaches at their house?

Speaker 2 (11:35):
Oh the rooms man, you see the rooms. So now
why she acting brand new? You know, like she don't
know what the roach is?

Speaker 3 (11:45):
Oh, my god, a roach.

Speaker 1 (11:48):
But I will say this, Steve, having a couple of
roaches every now and again is different from an infestation,
like living with them, you.

Speaker 2 (11:58):
Know, like she packed them.

Speaker 1 (12:01):
Woman, Yeah, there was an infestation. She lived with roaches
on a daily basis. That's why it was no big
deal to her that.

Speaker 2 (12:10):
Killroaches and continue conversations.

Speaker 1 (12:12):
Yeah, that's what I'm saying, don't care. You sound crazy
to this one I played, asking Herminator.

Speaker 2 (12:20):
Pool's house had been overrun with roaches.

Speaker 3 (12:24):
We been there all night, just putting wine bottles on
top of the roaches to kill themaches I killed with the joker,
that's your book.

Speaker 2 (12:45):
I didn't kill roaches with pool sticks, all kind of stuff. Man,
I'm not that comfortable.

Speaker 3 (12:51):

Speaker 2 (12:51):
Wait, this letter ain't even worth him.

Speaker 1 (12:53):
No, no, no, you're not gonna get your money back.
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