Free Rent for Anyone Willing to Dress as a Walrus… Huh?

Walrus Face

Let’s be honest here, free rent is a pretty sweet deal. There’s a lot of things people would probably be willing to do in order to partake in free room and board in just about any living situation. That being said, the Internet is a strange place. It brings out the weirdness in people pretty easily nowadays, and it’s not difficult to find something online that will make you raise an eyebrow.

Where am I going with this? Well, recently, someone in Brighton, England, posted an ad looking for a roommate who wouldn’t have to pay a single penny for rent. The only catch? They would have to wear a “realistic walrus costume” for two hours everyday, and also perform walrus-like activities (making walrus noises, catching fish, you get the idea). No, I’m not making any of this up. Here’s a portion from the ad:

To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload). Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus – I believe there aer recordings available on the web – to me, the voice is the most natural thing I have ever heard. Other duties will involve catching and eating the fish and crabs that I will occasionally throw to you whilst you are being the walrus.

Crazy, right? The article also mentioned that the tentative roommates would have to go through a rigorous audition and screening process before the final walrus impersonator would be selected. The ad was originally posted on Gumtree. I can’t help but wonder how many people actually wanted to take on the job of walrus impersonator, or, better yet, if someone actually got the job. People will do just about anything to save money, and when it comes to free rent? Well, maybe indulging a crazy person’s strange walrus fetish would be worth it.

Just in case the ad gets taken down by Gumtree, below is an image of it:

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