The 30-year-old Syracuse man ordered by a judge to move out of his parents’ home is still complaining about minor inconveniences despite making an easy paycheck for an appearance on a right-wing talk show.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Michael Rotondo has until June 1 to move out of his parents’ home after moving back in with them when he lost his job eight years ago. His parents took Michael to court after their previous efforts to convince their son to get a job and get his own place failed. They even offered him $1,100 to help him get on his feet in February, but apparently it wasn’t incentive enough.
Last week, Rotondo complained to reporters from Syracuse.com that he couldn’t pay for moving boxes. On Friday, he flew to Texas to appear on the Alex Jones talk show “Infowars,” reportedly being paid $3,000 for the appearance.
A Home Depot employee also offered to pay for Rotondo’s moving boxes, but he declined.
Rotondo told Syracuse.com that he turned the Home Depot employee’s offer because “Alex Jones makes money for having me on his show,” and the woman “does not.”
Now flush, Rotondo bought moving boxes from Lowe’s. But he told Syracuse.com that he’s not sure how he’s ever going to finish packing before the move-out deadline.
“Looking around my room and stuff – how much more is all this going to take to pack?” Rotondo told Syracuse.com. The news outlet reports that Rotondo pointed out that he didn’t have much experience with moving.
His newfound notoriety may have come with a minor windfall, but it’s also brought Rotondo some understandably negative attention.
He told the news outlet that he received a blocked call on his cell phone from someone who called him a “Loser.” He called 911 to report the annoyance.
“I can’t have my phone getting jammed up with nonsense like that,” Rotondo reportedly told police. “I can’t have that happen.”
Rotondo told Syracuse.com he will feel more settled once he’s moved his belongings to a storage unit.
“There’s no more urgency after that,” he said. “Everything else is just finding a long-term place.”
As far as that long-term place is concerned, Rotondo said he’s just looking for “someplace inexpensive, with internet.”
Traditionally, renters are required to secure and maintain their own internet services. Short-term rentals like residential hotels or an Airbnb may have internet access already set up.
Rotondo has until noon on Friday to vacate the home.