Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ideal Home: What makes a bad house guest? We reveal the habits we find most annoying in our visitors

Ideal Home: What makes a bad house guest? We reveal the habits we find most annoying in our visitors

"It may or may not surprise you to learn that ‘refusing to take off shoes at the front door’ is the behaviour that annoys us the most. This is closely followed by guests that help themselves to food from the fridge. Tut tut!"

No doubt most of the people who moan about guests not removing their shoes are the people too timid to ask them to take their shoes off.

8 comments:

Bob said...

Agreed...like anything else in life if you don't make your wishes known it is highly unlikely that you will get the desired results.

Mark said...

Absolutely right Bob.
I think that many British people are afraid to ask guests to remove shoes because they are afraid of what people may think.
As a nation we have always been obsessed about what people think of us and public image.
I have never been afraid to ask people to remove shoes.
Its always a good idea to warn people in advance when they are staying overnight.

Paul said...

Asking people to take their shoes off is letting them know possessions are more important than people. Really impolite.

Sandro said...

Never knew shoes are part of people.

Bob said...

Mark, Glad that we agree but what is the difference between telling an overnight guest in advance versus someone who has been invited over for a shorter period of time? It has been our experience that people who have visited before need not be reminded when they visit again.
My wife had an odd experience recently when visiting a friend. She had been to this woman's home a few times. The first time she went the woman answered the door and was in slippers. My wife walked in and casually said "I'll just leave my shoes here" She did and nothing more was said. On subsequent visits she just slipped off her shoes when she arrived making no mention of it. The last time she was there they were going to have coffee and then go for a walk. She took off her sneakers when she first arrived and then put them back on to go for a walk. When they returned my wife naturally expected her friend to leave her sneakers in the foyer. To my wife's surprise she just continued to walk in. My wife felt foolish taking hers off so she followed suit. Talk about giving conflicting signals.
When the woman visits us she always leaves her shoes in the foyer!
Very odd

Paul said...

Love me, love my shoes.

Paul said...

Nothing is odd here. Clearly your wife's friend dies not think that taking shoes off at the door is mandatory. Your wife, for some weird reason, thought otherwise, just because her friend had had slippers on the first time your wife visited. I think it takes a bit of a nerve to take your shoes off at someone else's house unless you know that person very well and feel at home there.

Sandro said...

Let's continue: "love me, love dirt under my shoes" - I don't think it works.