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to be a bit narked that my builders used my crystal champagne glasses?

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spicemonster Sat 19-Sep-09 20:49:04

I'm having loads of work done to my flat and it has meant no kitchen for 8 weeks. I have created a vague approximation of a kitchen in my living room with a microwave and teeny oven on the dining table. There is a very small selection of cups/glasses/plates in a trolley next to that, all of which are plastic. The trolley is currently hidden behind an 8m piece of worktop and a) the builders put it there and b) by wiggling and a bit of jiggery pokery I can extract plates and glasses.

There are a pair of handblown crystal glasses on the shelves behind said dining table, with barley sugar stems. They live there the whole time.

AIBU to think it's a bit bloody much that the builders didn't bother finding some other receptacles to drink their wine in (I smelt the dregs) but instead clambered over the table and took my very beautiful glasses from the shelf and drank from those or am I being a silly old bag? In the interests of not being accused of AIBU by stealth, I should also say that my built in cooker is currently jammed against the table so it's a struggle to even reach the microwave. Incidentally they have left said glasses for me to wash up (in the bathroom sink I might add).

If IANBU, should I say something???

ib Sat 19-Sep-09 20:50:40

Why the hell were the builders drinking wine in your house?

bigchris Sat 19-Sep-09 20:50:47

er.... why are they drinking wine at your place?

diddl Sat 19-Sep-09 20:51:52

Can you sack them?

Trikken Sat 19-Sep-09 20:52:36

Yanbu, but maybe they didnt have anything else to use for drink, just mention to them where the plastic ones are so that next time they wont have to use them. I would be upset too tho.

Wonderstuff Sat 19-Sep-09 20:53:13


Trikken Sat 19-Sep-09 20:53:13

omg i didnt notice the wine part, thats the worst bit!

spicemonster Sat 19-Sep-09 20:57:33

I don't mind them drinking wine at the end of the day (is that weird?) but those glasses are a bit precious. I can't buy replacements so I only ever use them on very special occasions

I can't sack them. They are nearly, nearly finished. And then they will be gone and I can breathe a huge sigh ............

southeastastra Sat 19-Sep-09 20:58:19

it's very weird builder behaviour

Ponders Sat 19-Sep-09 20:59:45

Hide the glasses upstairs somewhere so they can't use them again (& breathe a huge sigh of relief that they survived the experience! grin)

Ponders Sat 19-Sep-09 21:00:18

oh sorry, you said it's a flat so no upstairs presumably. Hide them under your bed then!

Littlefish Sat 19-Sep-09 21:22:05

Builders drinking wine at the end of the day is absolutely not normal.

Builders using your wine glasses to drink said wine is absolutely not on.

I would be having very strong words with the main builder, whether they've nearly finished or not.

They are taking the piss.

MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 21:25:27

Gosh, you have posh builders.

Any builders I have known have been strictly beer only. Apologies to any wine drinking builders out there for my appalling snobbery.

Hide the glasses and leave the plastic glasses out on a tray. I don't know if I would say anything if they are so close to finishing.

spicemonster Sat 19-Sep-09 22:16:30

It's my friend's boyfriend who is doing the work so that makes it all a little awkward. I don't mind if he has a glass of wine (or two) but just am beginning to think he's starting to take the piss a bit.

I am beginning to buy into that don't hire friends maxim now ... He's done a really good job by and large but his mate is a moron and has damaged a couple of things which aren't easily fixed over the course of all this. Aargh - it's all so frustrating/annoying/disappointing.

I will put plastic glasses out tomorrow. Just wished they'd not used them in the first place!

GirlsAreLOud Sat 19-Sep-09 22:20:05

See I'm more worried about whether they drove home after drinking the wine!

2shoes Sat 19-Sep-09 22:23:07

proper builders should not dirnk when working, buat as you have hired family , that doesn't apply

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 19-Sep-09 22:23:55


why on earth are you bothered by which glasses they used? It's not as though they broke one is it?

Of course, builders should only be allowed to drink tea. By law.

spicemonster Sat 19-Sep-09 22:28:36

They are clumsy buggers that's why I care. And because I would be amazed if any of my friends used one of those glasses unless it was a massively raucous party - they are on a high bookshelf. And dusty

Not family, a friend's boyfriend. I'd never met him before he started doing the work. But no driving involved as we are in London and he comes on the tube

hambler Sat 19-Sep-09 22:32:21

agree with mary.
it's the law.
They could go to jail

2shoes Sat 19-Sep-09 22:34:08

get it right
tea (cheap tea) in a chipped mug

Ponders Sat 19-Sep-09 22:37:15

Don't give them Earl Grey though - they'll be sick & then come & complain that the tea tastes of fairy liquid

hambler Sat 19-Sep-09 22:37:24

with six sugars and LOTS of milk (full fat)

GetOrfMoiLand Sat 19-Sep-09 22:38:16

Am I the only one laughing at this thread title?

OP - it's your fault for not stocking up on yorkshire tea grin

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 19-Sep-09 22:38:57

Wine in dusty glasses?

Eeeeew. You need a better class of builder, clearly.

what type of wine was it and did they leave any for you?

electra Sat 19-Sep-09 22:40:34

YANBU - cheeky buggers!

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