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Not to want to leave my house keys under the doormat?

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Mrsmaymerryweather Thu 18-Jul-13 08:37:33

Agreed that friend can come and stay as she has tickets for an event near my house at the weekend.

Just text her to ask when she is planning on arriving and she responded saying "arrive at 2pm, I appreciate you'll be at work so just leave your house keys under the doormat and I'll let myself in".

She knows I work full time and don't get home until 7pm.

AIBU to not want to leave my keys under the doormat? I know it's unlikely but if anything happened insurance would be void. AIBU to think my house is not a hotel and if guests want to stay they should work around my plans?


MidniteScribbler Thu 18-Jul-13 08:40:16

Have you got somewherea bit less obvious where you could leave them?

BeetleBugBaby Thu 18-Jul-13 08:41:30

Simple: "No,I can't do that due to risk of being burgled, can you make other arrangments to occupy yourself until I get back, or leave yours later?"

SilverOldie Thu 18-Jul-13 08:41:56


Totally agree with you and would not leave my key under a doormat, pot plant etc. I'm sure that's where most burglars start by looking. She will either have to reschedule her plans to arrive later or find something to do between 2 and 7.

ENormaSnob Thu 18-Jul-13 08:42:46


Can she pick them up from you at work?

ElsieOops Thu 18-Jul-13 08:44:12

Are they.coming by car? if so could they pick them up from your work or from a neighbour if you are happy for them to let themselves in.

If not then the response above makes sense.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 18-Jul-13 08:45:13

i agree. that would be a stupid thing to do.
just say no i wont be doing that but you can come to my workplace and collect them

or if you cant do that she can get there later or occupy herself till you get home
unless there is some one you trust who you could leave the key with?

Mrsmaymerryweather Thu 18-Jul-13 08:47:11

Thanks - just wanted to check I was not being massively anal!

RaisingChaotic Thu 18-Jul-13 08:51:34

Can you leave them with a neighbour?


Trills Thu 18-Jul-13 08:53:07


If there was ore time and you wanted to be very kind you could post a key (flat inside some cardboard like a greetings card) and it would only cost you a first class stamp, but that requires
1 - having a spare key that you don't mind doing without
2 - having plenty of time and warning
3 - thinking that it is worth making any effort when she could just arrive at a more convenient time or occupy herself for a while

thebody Thu 18-Jul-13 09:01:09

doormat is daft. leave it in an agreed place in the garden. ours is under the 3rd rockery stone in the back garden.

hide it and do her a map guide.

FondantNancy Thu 18-Jul-13 09:22:28

<checks map for location of thebody's house>

whois Thu 18-Jul-13 10:02:15

Highly stupid to leave key under the doormat. Suggest she meets you at work to collect a key or occupies herself until 7

sleeplessbunny Thu 18-Jul-13 10:04:18

no yanbu, i wouldn't
is there a neighbour who will be in? or can she pick them up from your workplace?
if not then she should wait until you get home.

Whothefuckfarted Thu 18-Jul-13 10:06:21

I'd go with thebody's suggestion.

Jan49 Thu 18-Jul-13 11:56:27

No, I wouldn't leave them under the doormat. She'll have to wait until you get home. She should have asked you when would be convenient rather than tell you when she's arriving and expecting you to provide a key.

The only other thing I'd have done if there was more time would be to post her the keys.

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