||Marcus Paauwe lived with me in Cork from November 2008 till May 2009 when he suddenly disappeared. Turned out they owed me and many other people money (combined many thousands of euros). As we did more research we found he had been doing this for years all over Europe. My first post describing what we found when he initially left -> http://www.baldy.za.net/node/665
In the last 6 months, I have found out some more information and tracked down Marcus Paauwe to a B&B near the main train station in Frankfurt. Managed to get in contact with him on his new email address firstname.lastname@example.org (even asked him out on a date www.neu.de). He was very apologetic via email and of course promised to pay the money he owed me, but did not follow through on his promises. He was working as network admin till two of his previous employers had found out about his past on the internet and asked him to leave.
After a my stream of brilliant flat mates, I was beginning to think that this share accommodation thing was just like every episode of friends.
With the coming of winter I have made certain plans, a key component in these plans being a decent wingman. After all its not a bachelor flat else bachelors live there. So it was with some excitement that a French guy got in contact with me to stay for 6 weeks.
After some basic facebook stalking I found his profile page with a picture of him mountain biking. Our conversations over email also went well with discussion of other such manly bachelor things as Czech beer and the local pubs. He also worked for Apple so would have a large resource of colleagues from the furthest reaches (and best looking) parts of Europe.
So I thought this was a great deal and had visions of our duo of French style and charm together with my South Africanism would devastate the local female population.