09-02-2013, 10:24 AM
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We had house guests recently for a 4 day stay.

There last day at our place was a work day for my spouse and I. Left them with directions to the highway and a key to lock up as they left.

Came home that evening and found my shaving brush soaking wet and sitting in my mug of soap which was also wet.

My brain could not even process the thought that they helped themselves to my shave gear. Shock, annoyance, disgust and anger all fought for dominance in my brain.

I took apart my razor and chucked the blade. After washing both the razor and brush with bathroom cleaner I soaked them in Listerine for two hours. Then two hours in isopropyl alcohol. I also filled my shave soap mug with alcohol.

After this cleaning I felt safe enough to use the gear.

But why would someone use another's shave gear? Talk about unsanitary.

Close family member by marriage. My spouse has forbidden me from mentioning the incidence to the offending party.


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 09-02-2013, 10:32 AM
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Death by hanging. Did you check you drawers to be sure all your underwear is still there?

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 09-02-2013, 10:57 AM
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I wonder what he shaved, ever think about that? A47

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 09-02-2013, 11:01 AM
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Holy cow, Phil, that is bizarre! You can't even ask him why he did that? i surely would! Good job on the cleaning! Wow! Biggrin

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 09-02-2013, 11:05 AM
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Relatives! Angry

Reminds me of my sister-in-law's wedding weekend ... everyone was watching her kleptomaniac relative carefully ... he still managed to swipe some cash envelopes from the gift table ... but nobody could say anything because of his 'family' status!

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 09-02-2013, 12:03 PM
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My Old Uncle once told me:
"you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose...

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 09-02-2013, 12:23 PM
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I never leave anything but a square tip straight accessible. If they use that, I'll tip my cap...

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 09-02-2013, 12:37 PM
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Execution by firing squad. if spouse objects execute her too, she can be replaced. this cannot be tolerated!

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 09-02-2013, 01:56 PM
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Phil, there are some things in life worth fighting for. This isn't one of them, unless you're considering the couch. Biggrin

I like Loudouns idea.

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 09-02-2013, 02:48 PM
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I don't think I could keep myself from mentioning it, or worse! Angry

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 09-02-2013, 03:08 PM
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Schedule a visit to the offender's domicile as quickly as possible. Eat his finest good, drink his finest drinks, & utilize all personal items you feel safe to.

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 09-02-2013, 03:39 PM
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I understand why you're upset, but on the other hand, is it really that much different than using someone else's bar of soap in the shower when you're a houseguest (assuming they didn't bother to put out a new bar for you)?

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 09-02-2013, 03:56 PM
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(09-02-2013, 10:57 AM)Bruce Wrote: I wonder what he shaved, ever think about that? A47

Who said it was a he? Cool

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 09-02-2013, 04:24 PM
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You may want to soak your toothbrush as well. Just saying......

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 09-02-2013, 04:54 PM
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Wow... I would mention it for sure. They would also never be allowed to stay in my house ever again. The only person who's allowed to use my shaving stuff without my permission is my dad. That's only because he is immediate family and I know he's not a dirty bird.

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 09-02-2013, 06:01 PM
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All of my family members should know better not to touch my shaving gear. I would be super agitated.

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 09-02-2013, 06:43 PM
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Depending on the guest, I wouldn't mind. However, I would definitely expect a request before hand.

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 09-02-2013, 07:35 PM
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As I told someone just the other day, the norm for humanity is to be abnormal. This just underlines that. Long time ago exLEO writing that.


That would be even worse if they had their own guest bathroom and they went into yours.

I agree, check the underwear and put out new toothbrushs. Anyone using anothers shave gear w/o permission would do other things w/o asking also. Look around. If there is ever a next time (there wouldn't be for me with them) make sure the visit either ends with them at a rented room elsewhere (awkward) or you set when they must leave. Yes, I know who figures anyone would do that? Now that you know, next time it would be on you, this time, it's all on them since you couldn't know.

My wife telling me to hold my tongue? Not likely. I'd confront and she'd know that I would. That would also explain to the other party why they are non grata from then on. But it's your castle Phil, do what you want. There are many ways to confront.

Just to play devils advocate, and I'm not making the act of using your shave brush etc right... confronting may allay your fears if the party says they were only seeing what lather making was like. I'm not making excuses, but it would make me feel a bit less violated.

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 09-02-2013, 11:04 PM
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Pretty damn rude not to have asked before going ahead and using your kit. Everyone has a different standard of whats appropriate and crosses the line for hygiene, and you'd like to think that someone who's enjoying your hospitality would have the courtesy to ask.

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 09-03-2013, 12:19 AM
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And this kind of stuff is why I won't let anyone - family or not - stay in my house when me or the Better Half is not around...

..personal stuff is personal. How hard is that to understand and respect?

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