When someone invites you to their home and tells you to make yourself at home, you don’t necessarily take it literally. That doesn’t mean you should make a mess or act as if you own their belongings. Being a guest in someone’s home requires respect for their personal space and the residents, regardless of how well you know the person.
When it comes to respecting someone’s safe haven, some guests appear to lack common sense and a bare-minimum level of politeness. Reddit user nl1004 recently asked the Reddit community, “What’s the rudest thing a guest has ever done in your home?” Thousands of people took to the thread to share their worst guest encounters. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting responses from the thread below, which may astound you with the audacity of some humans. Enjoy!
Everyone has a story from their childhood that still makes them mad. This is mine.
When I was five, my rude older cousin came to our house. I had just gotten the book Punch Out by Mike Tyson for my birthday. He was getting kicked in the behind by King Hippo, and he got so mad that he quit in a rage. But he didn’t just quit in a fit of rage; he also took the cartridge out of the Nintendo and spat on it. Then he threw it across the room and ran out of the building.
I told my parents what happened, and they told his parents. They made him say sorry, but the game was ruined. It would sort of work, but it would always freeze up. My family could barely afford to buy me the game for my birthday, let alone buy it again. I thought there was no way I could ever play it again.
Then, this little s**t got Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for Christmas. So my older brother went to his house and gave him our broken cartridge. It was great.
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She dyed her hair red in our bathroom sink, which stained the brand-new granite countertop. Then, it leaked onto the brand-new tile floor, then onto the hardwood floor in the hallway, and finally, she slept in our guest bed with wet, freshly dyed red hair, which stained the sheets and pillowcase.
My in-laws did not like me. We invited them over for Thanksgiving dinner, but when they got there, they asked me to leave and come back in a few hours because “it’s their tradition to cook the meal by themselves as a family. They are now my ex-in-laws.
My partner invited a Christian missionary and his wife to stay with us; he knew them from grade school. When my dog barked during my husband’s story about being in Africa helping kids because he was scared by the fireworks, the dog was kicked. What a contrast in values! We told them to leave right away. They appeared to be very perplexed about it.
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I had a friend over, and we ate some chili that my mom made. He took one bite, pushed the bowl away, and said, “This is not good,” very loudly at the dinner table. Is there anything else I can eat? ” We were no longer friends, so that’s not a surprise. No one is rude about mom’s chili…
This is about a child who doesn’t follow the rules. I dislike them. My mom tried to teach piano lessons in our home once, and a mom and her young (like 7-year-old) daughter came by to ask about it. The mother and my mother stood and talked the whole time, while the daughter walked around and touched everything; opened all the containers; looked inside; and played with things… And the mother pretended she hadn’t seen anything.
Our daughter opened a box that was on top of our piano and took out sheets of stickers. MY stickers She liked them a lot, so she went back to her mom and asked, “Mom, can I take these? Her mother said, “Sure, why not? As if it were THEIR fault!! My mom didn’t say much, and I didn’t either, because I was too shy. Even after more than a decade, I’m still angry about what happened. The stupid girl just took my stickers without asking.
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said racist things about black football players while sitting at my kitchen table. No invitation was ever extended to have me return.
I wasn’t at home when this happened, but a family friend whose kid came over one afternoon is someone I’ve never met.
When the kid got bored, he thought it would be a great idea to take apart every LEGO model I’ve kept over the last 10 years. Almost everything was made up, so there are no instructions on how to build it again. When I got home and saw LEGO pieces all over the floor of my room, it broke my heart.
Even though they were told very clearly not to flush feminine products down the toilet, they did it anyway. Damaged our septic field and cost us almost $10,000 in total. When they were asked about it, they just denied it, even though the 32 pads that were pulled out of the system were the same brand as the ones they were using when they were there.
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Some a*****e thought it would be funny to pour vodka in my aquatic turtle tank. Pongu is ok, the dude isn’t.