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What's the weirdest house rule you've ever experienced as a house guest?

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Creativemode Wed 21-Sep-16 14:49:25

Just that really.

Mine is someone that wouldn't let me flush the toilet incase it woke their children.

Also another wouldn't let me go upstairs to the toilet incase the stairs creaked and woke their children (there was no downstairs toilet).

I had a school friend that wasn't allowed fish and chips in the house because of the smell.

pictish Wed 21-Sep-16 14:51:09

Fil's place in France. We're not allowed to use the coffee machine after if we want coffee after that, we have to go to a local cafe and buy one.

Yes really. Only did holiday there the once.

FlyingElbows Wed 21-Sep-16 14:52:47

Talking is not allowed in my sister's house after 7 pm. We don't go there any more!

Creativemode Wed 21-Sep-16 14:54:32

My mum swears she had a friend that would allocate an amount of toilet paper. So there was no loo roll and this friend would ask how much you need before you go.

Sorry thy mine are all toilet related.

KC225 Wed 21-Sep-16 14:55:00

Not to leave the back door open or the seagulls come in trash the place (elderly mother by the seaside)

Excitedforxmas Wed 21-Sep-16 14:55:16

Another one for no toilet flushing after kids in bed at SIL,s house. Was awful I've got ibs so can't judge loo times. Never went back.

oldlaundbooth Wed 21-Sep-16 14:56:11

Ex boyfriend's parents did the no flush thing. Uck.

EssentialHummus Wed 21-Sep-16 14:56:27

Another toilet one - a friend in Cyprus very sadly told us that we'd need to put used loo roll in a little bin near the loo, not down the loo. This is a thing in large parts of Greece - ancient plumbing, basically.

thecatneuterer Wed 21-Sep-16 14:56:28

pictish Did they give you a rationale (i use the word loosely) for this?

PinkSwimGoggles Wed 21-Sep-16 14:56:33

at least that is sensible!

EttaJ Wed 21-Sep-16 15:02:33

MIL - the shower speed and temperature setting and time allowed for shower . Needless to say when we used to stay, I ignored it all totally.

Cousins - absolutely no talking after DC bedtime but no tv either! They sit in silence and read. Not many visitors funny enough. They are the dullest people I've ever met.

pictish Wed 21-Sep-16 15:03:27

Cat - it is because fil meticulously cleans the machine every morning at 11am. He doesn't trust us to clean it properly. If we use the machine after he has cleaned it, he will have to clean it again, which he doesn't want to do.
Besides, any time after 11am is far too late in the day for coffee anyway. So we are told.

DiegeticMuch Wed 21-Sep-16 15:04:25

There was a kid at my primary school who wasn't allowed to watch Captain Caveman. However, he was allowed to watch Grange Hill .....and Dallas.

Vixxfacee Wed 21-Sep-16 15:04:36

Exactly boyfriends house. His mum wouldn't let anyone flush the toilet after 9pm. So you would go to the toilet sometimes and it would be full of wee and tissues. Found it disgusting.

PolterGoose Wed 21-Sep-16 15:11:17

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HuskyLover1 Wed 21-Sep-16 15:12:24

Not exactly a house rule, but I have a friend who I no longer visit. They are really well off, but will not have the heating on, no matter how cold it is! We last visited in December and you could see your breath! Also, food portions were about half what you need to be full. And the wine was never topped up when you were empty. They have no freezer, as everything has to be "healthy". And no chips allowed. Ever.

SapphireStrange Wed 21-Sep-16 15:12:32

Diegetic, I love that. The specificity and yet arbitrariness of it. grin

I can't think of any. Must be lucky!

YelloDraw Wed 21-Sep-16 15:13:02

A childhood friends house.

No flushing the toilet - had to use a bucket, scooped out of water in the bath.. that was saved from rain water buts and carried up to be stored in the bath.

To save money.

YelloDraw Wed 21-Sep-16 15:14:24

Oh, also they didn't ever have the heating on and the house was so cold and miserable. I think I only stayed the night once. Also turned out later they used to cane the children - which is FUCKED UP. The mother wonders why she doesn't have a relationship with her children now...

biggles50 Wed 21-Sep-16 15:14:45

Laughing about the seagulls from KC. Well weirdest one was not my experience but a friend who went to a friend's house for a meal with two other couples. After the meal the host said the meal and wine had cost a fortune and asked for donations. My friend didn't have any money on her but wrote an iou which she honoured. Not sure if that's a rule but thought I'd share.

Dapplegrey1 Wed 21-Sep-16 15:15:21

Essential - the house we stayed in in Greece also had no loo paper down loo rule.
I ignored it, I just couldn't leave loo paper in an open bin, but nothing went wrong with the plumbing despite loo paper going down pipes.

MissHooliesCardigan Wed 21-Sep-16 15:20:01

It's not a strict 'rule' but MIL gets very upset if anyone enters or leaves the house without splashing themselves with holy water and crossing themselves.

IDreamOfPeace Wed 21-Sep-16 15:23:21

This is all the same friends house:

Always had to hold a plate under your face if you were eating anything. That included things that couldn't leave crumbs like lollipops and pick and mix.

Not allowed to use their downstairs loo as that was just for the mum of the house confused

Close every door behind you as you walked around the house so if a fire broke out it wouldn't spread! It was like moving through a prison!

If you made a phone call on the landline you had to sit in the chair next to the phone - no standing around.

Internet access was restricted to no more than 10 minutes each day when you visited (you were there to see their daughter and not their computer!).

Your coat had to be hung on the designated 'visitor peg' and never over their coats.

Every room had a waste paper basket just for used tissues because they were 'filled with germs and not to touch anything else'.

Bizarre! confused

IDreamOfPeace Wed 21-Sep-16 15:24:32

Sorry, forgot to say I know I listed more than one rule but they were all equally weird to me!

Oldraver Wed 21-Sep-16 15:24:55

I used to stay with a friend who had the 'no flushing at night' rule. In a house where there were (when we stayed) 6 DC's and three adults and one loo. I had forgotten about it, until DS mentioned (the other week on a visit to the same city) the scabby full up stinking loo.

OH also has a relative that hates hair and begged us to make sure there was no hair in the shower anywhere..I was so paranoid I'd miss a bit

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