Everything but the actual kitchen sink

October 22nd, 2012 · 23 comments

Writes Jocelyn in London: “Since moving into halls for the first year of university, our hygiene skills have gone downhill, to say the least. Finally, one of our roommates cracked and cleaned up the rotting mess…or so we thought.” Instead, he just found a new “dumping ground.”

I needed to wash a mug so I made room in the sink. Please stop using the sink & tops as a dumping ground! Sincerly [sic] Cameron xx

related: May the sanctity of the sink prevail!

FILED UNDER: college life · dishes · London · roommates

23 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Donna

    WHOOT..innovation at it’s core. Maybe living room easier to clean!

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Rick

    Wait… they had bags and boxes in the sink? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???

    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   InvisibleWoman

      and SHOES?! Just one shoe at that…

      Oct 23, 2012 at 1:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Poltergeist

      Well, if you never use the sink, it just becomes another empty space to store junk like a spare room or the back seat of a virgin’s car.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 1:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   hamoboy

      No, they put it on the sinkTOPS, I think they’re called counters in the US.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 7:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   The Elf

      There was a shoe on the counter?

      Oct 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Team Note Writer


    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Mytosis

    This is what happens when you live in a doctor’s office waiting room.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   TRT

    Floor space is expensive in London. That stuff must take up a good £150 a month. That’s why they use the worktop (countertop) to store their shopping bags, shoes, keys, textbooks etc.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 3:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Louisa

    Ugh. More uni students who can’t spell.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 4:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Tentatively Team Cameron

    Provided that Cameron didn’t leave anything of his in the living room.

    Seriously, Jocelyn. Did you really expect him to clean all your crap too?

    Oct 23, 2012 at 7:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Anna

      Exactly. You want a maid, pay for one. Don’t expect your roommate to clean up after you.

      Team note-writer.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   TurnOffTheDarnLights

    Those should’ve been tossed into the beds of the roomies those items belong to.

    Now they’ll likely sit there on that table, if they’d been put into the beds the roomies would have at LEAST had to move them somewhere else in their room unless they wanted a really unpleasant, lumpy sleeping experience.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 7:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   0rd

      My boyfriend’s college roommate wouldn’t take his turn doing the dishes, even tho he dirtied the majority of them. After a few days we put the disgusting dirty dishes in his bed and pulled the sheets up over them.

      Oct 24, 2012 at 12:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Molly

    While this may have been a passive-aggressive note, the action was reasonable. Why shouldn’t the roommate move junk left behind by inconsiderate people, especially when it prevents him from using shared amenities? When people share a space but leave a mess behind for others, they are being rude, irresponsible, and thoughtless. When you leave a mess and expect someone else to “crack” and clean it up for you, it is like saying “My time and energy is more valuable than my roommates’, so one of them should be cleaning, not me. I deserve to have other people clean, even though I made part of this mess. I am entitled to have other people clean up after me.”

    I realize that it’s pretty normal for this stuff to happen between college roommates, as part of the process of becoming an adult. However, Jocelyn, my opinion is that you’ve exposed your own rudeness here, not that of your roommate. Learn how to clean #$%^ up.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 10:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   TRT

      I’d have just put it in a black polysack and left it by the bins.

      Oct 24, 2012 at 4:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   somethingsomething

      Seriously. Had a roommate that did the same thing, which was especially infuriating considering they were all MY dishes, utensils, etc. When I confronted her, she actually tried to tell me that her time was more important than mine.

      Oct 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Vulpis

    Just to note: From the sounds of things, this is a dorm hall rather than roomates as such–people either 1 or 2 to a room, but with shared bathroom, shared kitchen, and shared lounge space (the last seen in the picture)–what we’re seeing is the accumulated junk of perhaps a dozen or more people, *none* of which were considerate enough to leave the space clean for others…

    Oct 23, 2012 at 10:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Dane Zeller

    Hmm…look closely at this room. There is only one chair that is usable. The rest would have people’s legs pinned against the table. To satisfy the disgruntled room-mate, I would declare the tables and chairs as a designated dumping ground. There. Problem solved.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 10:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Jolly

    Cameron, if they keep being disgusting slobs, next time put all of the dirty dishes in the trash (or wash them and drop them at a charity shop, if you’re the type). We did this at my work once and it solved the problem nicely.

    Oct 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Gwan

    I’m surprised how clean the couches look…

    Oct 24, 2012 at 5:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Belaani

    Quick fix for food thieves – I don’t mind my own saliva, but you might… I spit in my food to gross you out. Think I’m lying? You’ll never know if you’re eating spitty food. Bon Appetite, food thieves!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   redheadwglasses

    Don’t move their stuff to another flat surface: THROW IT ALL AWAY.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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