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Open House: What's the Worst Houseguest Behavior You've Dealt With?

Open House: What's the Worst Houseguest Behavior You've Dealt With?

Summer's definitely the time to take weekend trips, or to host out-of-town weekend guests. So, I've been thinking a lot about how to be a good houseguest, as well as how to host my friends and family in a gracious manner in the upcoming weeks.

Luckily, almost all of the houseguests I've hosted have been perfect guests. However, there's always that exception to the rule. For me, it was a friend who visited from New York years ago. She went out nearly every night clubbing, and wouldn't return until after two in the morning — on a weeknight. And on the last night of her stay, she brought a random guy home who she'd met at a club that evening. I didn't discover this fact until I literally ran into him in the middle of the night as he walked out of the bathroom. Needless to say, I asked her to stay in a hotel the next time she visited.

What type of bad behavior have you experienced hosting houseguests? Or, have you been that naughty houseguest yourself at some point in your life? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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cocom cocom 8 years
When my husband and I were still newlyweds, we were spending some time in our summer home, when his friend proceeded to invite himself over, without telling us when he planned on leaving. He ended up staying close to a month. What's more, he would stay up late, making a lot of noise in the room right next to ours, even though my husband and I had to wake up early in the mornings to work (we both work from home). He did a lot of other inconsiderate things, but I won't get into all that! All I can say is: never again!
EightOctopi EightOctopi 8 years
Ughhh... I still can't believe this even happened. Shortly after Christmas last year, one of my husband's buddies and his wife came for a visit. They were driving up from Florida for a move to N. Carolina, and were just going to stop at our place in Georgia for the day. I invited them to stay over, seeing as they had a long trip in a cramped U-HAUL, and had a little puppy with them. They gladly accepted, but everything went downhill from there, and I soon deeply regretted my offer. The puppy, which of course was cute at first, continually had accidents in my house on my carpet (pee AND poop). The wife, who my husband and I had just met for the first time that day, ended up getting so wasted that she no longer bothered to take the puppy out, and we were left to clean up most of the messes while she smoked and enjoyed her booze out on our little balcony. She even forgot to FEED the poor thing all day, and I had to remind her to do it. Later that night, after we'd all been drinking, I emerged from a trip to the bathroom to find that my husband's friend had inserted an IV (yes, like in the hospital) into my husband's arm "just for fun" (they'd met as EMTs a few years ago); he'd brought his army medical kit with him. I went to bed fuming, and woke in the morning to find that the puppy had had diarrhea multiple times on the raw wooden floorboards of my balcony; there were poop smears and stains, AND the wife had actually picked it up with a plastic bag, but LEFT the bag filled with nasty poop out on one of the chairs! I also found that some of my blinds had been broken somehow during the night, and there were greasy handprint smears on the wall next to my front door. Worse, after I made everyone coffee, my husband's friend put his almost-full cup on the floor to play with the puppy, and of COURSE he accidentally knocked it over. I've had the huge stain professionally shampooed twice, and it's still there. The only apology I got was for that spilled coffee... no mention of the poop all over the balcony (I found that after they left), but I guess I was lucky that they folded the pull-out sofa back up neatly. Geeeez! Obviously, never inviting them over again.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Haha, Jenkies -- me too. when you live in a 600 SF rowhouse there isn't room for any more than the 2 of us :)
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
I let a friend live with me "temporarily" when she was first married as they needed to find a place to live...They had loud sex very often, left the house filthy, the husband I found dumping cat litter outside my back door. When I asked him not to do that he said, "whats the big deal, the dogs are going to eat it anyway..." One day I came home sick and he wouldn't leave the house to be with his wife because he didn't want to be with her family, me being uncomfortable being alone with him had to leave while I was sick because he was too much of a baby to man up and spend some time with his wife's family. Never ever ever again.
Jenkies Jenkies 8 years
I fortunately live in a very small home and we can't really have people over so I have (so far!) avoided these scenarios!
mdamsky mdamsky 8 years
Ugh, I had a friend come in from out of town with her boyfriend, and on very short notice asked if they could stay with me. When they arrived the first thing they did was ask if they could have my bed, which I promptly told them no, but I have a really nice queen-sized air mattress (which I used for my own bed for several weeks while waiting for my mattress to arrive) which I would be happy to set up. They said good, because they were planning on having sex in my living room. I asked them nicely not to, but they thought it was a hilarious joke. When we went for dinner, her boyfriend called me stupid and lazy, several times. Later, while fast forwarding on a comcast dvr (which as anyone who has one knows, its impossible to stop at the proper moment) he said he couldn't believe I didn't know how to use my own tv. He then asked if we could stop watching the movie, because he gf was falling asleep, and he was still hoping she would be up to "at least give a little head," at which point, I again asked them not to have sex in my living room, which they thought was SO rude. Finally she did fall asleep on the couch, and I conveniently "forgot" where the air mattress pump was. I let him sleep on the other couch. NEVER AGAIN will I have these people over.
kedawen kedawen 8 years
They're definitely not the worst houseguests, but my boyfriend's family is pretty bad; his mom and aunt specifically. They will give us very little notice of when they're coming and sometimes end up coming a couple days earlier than expected. They are both really loud and talkative, and their cell phones are almost constantly ringing with the ringers on high. They will also come into the office while I'm working and just want to chat. To top it off, my cat really doesn't like people she doesn't know, and is mostly fine if guests don't approach her or bother her. My boyfriend's aunt will go out of her way to get up close to my cat and talk to her ("I don't know why you don't like me, kitty!"), which makes the cat howl, hiss and growl. Usually that means you should back away, lady. :P I got so irked with her, I felt like she was being pretty disrespectful. We also never know if they've invited people over for meals. They usually cook said meals, but its always fun to have people coming to the door and we're like, "um, hi!". o.O Phew, that was a bit of a rant. :D
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I have a family member who lives in the same city as us, but used to surprise us by showing up with the intention of staying overnight. She is a loud person, and by that I mean she talks loudly, closes doors loudly, and needs to be involved in everybody's business. She saw nothing wrong with staying up all night talking, and taking naps the next day. While we were successful in discouraging her overnight stays, she had begun to drop by unannounced, often surprising us in our pjs. When we asked her to call us if she was thinking of coming over, we would receive phone calls from her as she pulled into our driveway.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
During my sister's wedding my mom's cousin came from Canada to stay with us with her 2 bratty kids. They told us that they would be staying only 2 weeks as the kids have school and that as her husband isn't traveling with them for the wedding. My mom gave her one of the spare rooms as my parents house back then was pretty big. Well that 2 weeks turned out to be 3 months!! meanwhile she would leave her kids at home and would go out and party with her friends. It was truly horrific, the boys did not respect any one's privacy, would eat up all the food, that my parents had to buy for them. I think my aunt had a fight with her husband before she came for the wedding so she was trying to teach him a lesson. When she finally left, we were so relieved we threw a party!
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