Summer Rental Nightmares - NYTimes.com
. . . She saw an ad on Craigslist for a two-bedroom cabin on a lake in Maine for $700 a week, with linens and maid service included, she checked it out thoroughly . . .
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The part about the linens proved to be, as so much advertising is, an exaggeration. When Ms. Strassberg, her husband and two children arrived, there were no linens, just some aromatic old comforters. The seats of the leather couch were encrusted with black mold. The two bedrooms were lofts without railings. And the cabin was littered with dead leaves and spider webs.
Still, as Ms. Strassberg said, trying to cheer up her dejected family, they did have that beautiful lake.
“We put on our bathing suits, we’re standing in the water, and, like, 15 huge fat leeches come swimming up,” Ms. Strassberg says.
“My daughter started screaming. Each one was like three or four inches long. That’s a bad leech.”
This is followed by four pages of other scams and nightmares.