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what is the oddest thing someone has done when you have visited their house?

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2shoeskickedtheeasterbunny Fri 06-Apr-12 23:25:31

mine was my DB, he did warn me but tbh I was so...... shock
I was kind of 'oh ok"
he put old sheets on the floor to protect his carpet from...

dd's wheelchair wheels

guess where we won't be going again(this was after he insisted she was shoved in the corner of the table at a pub...just in case she got in the staff's way....WTF)

??? YOUR please

SarahStrattonsEasterName Sat 07-Apr-12 09:17:14

They're worse than insane Bertie. I can't think of a suitable word, but insane isn't strong enough.

My mind is waaaaaay past 'boggle'. All these people getting their bits out and shagging in front of others. And the rudeness. I have lead a very sheltered life for which I am entirely grateful.


ChunkyMonkeyMother Sat 07-Apr-12 09:17:39

Omh Jooly do you think the old lady is in the back garden?

Queenofcake Sat 07-Apr-12 09:17:48

Went to stay with MIL and FIL when the DC were small like 3yo and 6mo!

When MIL showed us to our bedroom we gave us towels. A bath sheet for DH 1 (yes 1) hand towel for me and the DC to share.

I didnt say anything at the time as a little taken back. When bathtime came around DH just helped himself to more towels from the airing cupboard for all of us but it ended up in an almighty row and a lecture about the cost of laundering towels in winter!!!

We have not stayed since.

Another previous time (just me and DH and DD1 aged 8 weeks) we were invited for Xmas. As we lived 400 miles away it involved a few nights stay and then we went to stay with other family. Anyway we spent Xmas day there, had a lovely Xmas dinner and tea. Had taken wine, chocolates, Xmas pudding and a xmas cake. Stayed a few nights. Helped wash up, tidy etc. 3 weeks later we received an bill in the post for the cost of our stay confused. I am really struggling to recall if we actually paid it!! I know DH called them to see if it was a joke but they were dealy serious! On reflection - I think we may have just posted a cheque off to them!
The reason we were so taken back is that they would come and stay with us for 10 days to 3 weeks at a time (we lived in a touristy place back then) a few times a year. We never charged them a penny! Sadly we moved house before they came to stay again because I wanted to charge them B&B rates!

threeleftfeet Sat 07-Apr-12 09:19:22

Jooly if you really think they murdered her you absolutely should call the police.

Even if it was years ago.

OlaRapaceFru Sat 07-Apr-12 09:25:31

"I know somebody who inspects you for sharp items of clothing and then makes you remove them before you can sit on their furniture."

<snort> my mind is boggling at what a sharp item of clothing could be grin

Mmmcoffee Sat 07-Apr-12 09:39:36

Years ago some friends bought a new living room suite, very pale cream leather sofa and chairs. Their two DC's were about 9mo and 18mo at the time. I remember thinking it was an odd choice. The suite came with a warning to not let anyone with dark clothing that 'might transfer' sit on the new furniture, 'i.e. new indigo-dyed jeans'.

We knew them for about five years. We were NEVER allowed to sit on the sofa in jeans, even ancient stonewashed jeans. Good job I preferred to sit on the floor with DD! I babysat in the evening for her a couple of times, and each time when I turned up she would point out the large bathtowel that she had kindly placed on the sofa for me to sit on.

pictish Sat 07-Apr-12 09:45:19

This is brilliant thread. There's nowt so queer as folk eh? shock

GinPalace Sat 07-Apr-12 09:57:46

I was invited to stay at a friends house who lived with his parents, the family owned a large dog. I was put in the spare room for the night, but it was clear from the smell and the copious quantities of hairs that it was usually the dogs bed - and the sheets were not changed! URGH!!!
I really didn't want to sleep there but the floor was no better - suffice to say I had a rubbish nights sleep as I was about as un-relaxed as you can get.

The next day at dinner the same dog (who was big enough to get his head well over the table) stole food off my fork on its way to my mouth - slobber on my fork and everything, this was very funny and a clean fork was not forth-coming. I wasn't hungry. Still friends though!!!!

Staying with the PILs, they live miles away so it is always an overnighter, I had a shower and was in our bedroom getting dried etc when the MIL (who knew full well I was just out of the shower) marched in, no knock on the door at all, and when I said 'can you give me a minute I'm not decent' she just said 'it doesn't matter' while she brazenly looked me up and down!!! shock She didn't have anything she wanted to say - she just had a good look and left again!!! She is not a nice lady by anyones standards for sooooo many other reasons than this.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Apr-12 10:00:12

The same as Gwen, but I was in the same bed as the shagging couple at the time... shock There was another person in there for a bit as well, but he went home.

My mother gives us tiny guest towels when we go to stay and has also charged me for going there at Christmas (when I was single).

DonkeyTeapot Sat 07-Apr-12 10:15:49

Wow, some of these are awful! If I had to share the dinner table with a dog, I'm afraid I'd be heaving and would have to leave, even if it caused offence. Then I'd post an AIBU on here smile

GinPalace Sat 07-Apr-12 10:18:37

Donkey agree!!! unfortunately their place was a looooong way from home and I was basically trapped. It was no fun having to fend off an animal while eating, a begging dog at the table isn't great at the best of times but when it is tall enough to clear your plate for you and this isn't considered weird it's a whole other ball game! hmm

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Apr-12 10:26:52

I went for lunch with some people I know slightly the other day and they were odd. The husband started off by telling me he had googled me before I arrived and started to harangue me about an issue I had worked on years ago. This was not a good start. Anyhoo, we went to the kitchen table to have lunch, and they pulled the parrot's stand over, lowered it until it was the same level as the table and served the parrot salad onto a plate on the table. The bloody thing stank to high heaven as well, as its stand was covered in parrot poo. I suppose I should be grateful that the dog wasn't invited to join us too.

TerraNotSoFirma Sat 07-Apr-12 10:27:02

Charging for Christmas! I've bloody heard it all now and your own Mother as well. Different if it was pre-arranged, I know people who all chip in for the cost.

But to send a bill, Sheesh!

FamiliesShareGerms Sat 07-Apr-12 10:29:11

This thread is brilliant! I wonder if there's a parallel one somewhere along the lines of "what's the oddest thing a guest in your house has done": sample posts include "not joined in the after dinner sex"; "wanted to eat lunch in the middle of the day"; "wanted an exorbitant amount of towels and an actual shower in the morning"..... grin

GinPalace Sat 07-Apr-12 10:31:02

FamiliesShareGerms You made me properly laugh - thanks! I love it when someone you don't even know improves your day! grin

Nancy66 Sat 07-Apr-12 10:34:40

I went to somebody's house where (at the front door before being allowed over the threshold) I was given two choices.

1) I could remove my shoes and put on a pair of brand new slippers provided by the owner, pay £10 and be allowed to take them home with me afterwards

2) remove my shoes, not put on the slippers put slip plastic covers over my socks.

(i went for option 2)

SarahStrattonsEasterName Sat 07-Apr-12 10:38:12


Just how filthy were your socks?

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Apr-12 10:40:16

I'd have gone for option 3. Not gone in.

Nancy66 Sat 07-Apr-12 10:40:22

my socks were perfectly clean. The woman was a freak

Thumbbunny Sat 07-Apr-12 10:41:17

Mine is quite minor really - went to visit some friends when back in the UK, took a DVD for DS to watch so that we could chat in peace after dinner, but they both said "oo! we haven't seen that!" so we all had to sit and watch it. hmm

Complete waste of a visit - by the time the film was over, we had to go - so barely chatted to them at all!

Ilovedaintynuts Sat 07-Apr-12 10:46:56

A had a friend (notice the past tense) who had a DD the same age as my DS.
I didn't know her very well so when she invited us around for dinner I didn't know what to expect.
Our DC's were about 4.
She served the food (jacket potato cheese and beans) and we were all sat at the table. Fortunately my DS was a fairly good eater and managed to eat most of his meal. When he said 'I've finished' to me she screamed at him 'FINISH YOUR FOOD!' she then completely flipped at both children, was practically foaming at the mouth, banging on the table and shrieking 'YOU ARE TRYING TO TAKE ME FOR AN IDIOT - CHILDREN MUST EAT ALL THEIR FOOD!!!!' and then 'YOU WILL NEVER BEAT ME I WILL MAKE YOU FINISH YOUR FOOD EVEN IF WE SIT HERE ALL NIGHT!'
Her DD at this stage started sobbing and gagging on her food. My DS was just looking back and forth from me and her. I then made an excuse and left quickly. I would have loved to have taken her DD with me sad
We never spoke again.
The sad part - she's a primary school teacher hmm

SarahStrattonsEasterName Sat 07-Apr-12 10:50:01

OMG that is terrible. Just terrible. Poor, poor child.

GinPalace Sat 07-Apr-12 10:51:16

Ilovedaintynuts shock

MadamFolly Sat 07-Apr-12 10:51:51

Been pressganged into finding and hiding all the drugs paraphanalia so the police can come around to investigate a burglary without arresting the occupants of the house.

They also used to pour their bong water into next doors garden so if the sniffer dogs ever came round, they would be more interested in next door.

MadamFolly Sat 07-Apr-12 10:53:29

Ilove poor girl will have food issues for the rest of her life sad

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