A university student who fled from his private rental apartment owing over £1,000 has posted a message on Facebook: “Catch me if you can.”
Local media in Lincoln report that two years into a course at the city’s university Erik Mikusauskas quit and left for a job in Greece.
The reports says that Mikusauskas, 20, had signed a tenancy agreement at a student house but fell into arrears and instead used the money to save for his new life.
“Well I applied for a job in Greece, got it and they provided a relocation package. I needed about three months’ rent to support myself. Basically, I saw my opportunity and I took it” he is quoted as saying.
Mikusauskas left his goading message on social media after being alerted to his being named in a post on behalf of his landlord, who wanted to know of his whereabouts in a bid to recover the rent that was owed.
“I mean he tried to expose me because he didn’t believe I have moved and didn’t bother asking me so I memed him. If I decided not to pay him there is very little he can to reclaim the money as my British bank account is empty and I don’t have any property in the UK” says the defiant former student.
“He can get a CCJ [county court judgement] against me but then again my credit score in the UK doesn’t matter and he’ll only be wasting more money. This isn’t an ideal situation but I refuse to be intimidated or bullied into it” he adds.
He says of his decision to flee without paying the rent owed: “I do [feel sympathy for the landlord] obviously but it’s being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“It’s either I pay him the money I had but I wouldn’t have any more to support myself while I tried to find a new full-time job in a small university city where there aren’t many full-time jobs available.
“Or I go to Greece to have a nice job and a better life. He’s not exactly bumming it either from what I’ve seen in the past.”
Mikusauskas says his intentions are to repay the debt at some time in the future.
You can see the local press story here.