One incoming UCLA freshman must not have heard of the old adage: “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”
The freshman—identified as Ashly—reportedly emailed a list of demands to her prospective roommates—named as Winnie Chen and Guistinna Tun—who in turn uploaded her email to social media. The post has since gone viral.
Ashly begins the demanding letter by scolding the girls for not responding to her previous email in a timely manner and then proceeds to tell her new roommates what will belong to to her once she arrives to the dormitory.
“I’ll take the top bunk of the bunk bed that has a bottom and top bunk. I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don’t try to leave me with that,” she allegedly wrote. “I’m also taking one of the white closets. There should be two white closets and I’m taking one of them. I don’t care for which one it is, just know I’m taking one of them.”
My roommate that I haven’t even met… pic.twitter.com/OkJwUF8LGp
— Winnie (@miniwinnieee) September 1, 2016
Ashly tells Chen and Tun that she doesn’t expect any pushback, and she concluded the letter by reiterating her very specific requests.
In response to the email, Tun explained that she hadn’t ignored Ashly’s email, but the process of moving left her with little time to check her email account. “I would just like to say that me and Winnie are extremely easy going people. We’re chill and more than willing to compromise with one another, including you, and make decisions based on fairness,” Tun wrote. “And we appreciate that you are letting us know your preferences from the get go.”
Tun also stated that she didn’t appreciate the tone of Ashly’s email and wasn’t interested in meeting her.
“Look, I’m not here to fight with you. I hate being a [expletive], but I am not going to allow anyone to talk to me or Winnie like that. You said: ‘Don’t try me’, but you ended up trying me. So, here I am,” she wrote.
Ashly replied to the message, and admitted that she had “stepped out of line,” lauding the two for sticking up for themselves. She also admitted that she was a “ticking time bomb,” and would understand if the girls wanted another roommate—which Chen reportedly does. She requested a new roommate and has yet to hear back from housing.
— Winnie (@miniwinnieee) September 9, 2016
In an email to CBS Los Angeles, Chen said she wanted to put the situation behind her.
“I don’t feel comfortable taking this situation further than it already is,” she wrote. “I respect Ashly’s wishes, and she is probably already going through a rough time.”
UCLA administrators are aware of the situation and hopes for an amicable resolution.