Officials in Luxembourg’s capital are warning residents about a delusional and possibly dangerous woman who has been running around the city, saying she hopes to find a one-bedroom rental apartment at a price well below market value.
Romain Alves of K-B Immo, who encountered the woman on Tuesday morning when she entered his office, says that she appeared normal at first but that her speech quickly broke down into the nonsensical ramblings of a madwoman.
“She told me she was new here, that she’d got a job in a bank or something, and that she needed an inexpensive place to live in the city,” Alves said. “I told her we would be happy to help her, that I could show her some decent shoebox-sized studios for 1250, maybe 1200 if we were lucky.”
“She told me she didn’t want to live in a shoe box,” he continued. “She wanted a real apartment with at least one bedroom. She told me her budget was 1000 euros per month.”
“That’s when the hair on my neck stood up, and I got really scared,” he added. “I saw I was dealing with a real crazy person. I didn’t know what to do, so I curled up on the ground in the fetal position and said, mama, mama.”
The woman escaped before Alves was able to summon police.
The deranged flat-seeker went on to visit at least three more property agencies, each time repeating her absurd fantasy, each time fleeing before she could be apprehended and examined.
As the woman became increasingly unhinged and frantic, she began showing up at seemingly random apartment buildings around the city, stopping innocent residents to inquire if there were any cheap rental units available.
“At first I thought she was just another intelligent young professional who’s come here to start a career in the legal-finance-banking megaverse, someone rational who is prepared to spend half her salary just to have a bed to sleep in at night,” said one distressed resident of a large apartment complex in Bonnevoie. “But no, this poor creature had lost all contact with reality.”