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February 5th, 2013 · 173 comments

Sara from Austin writes: “I took my 2-year-old to visit my darling (but travel-phobic) father-in-law. I’ve stayed at his house many times, but not since his girlfriend began living there. He told me to make myself at home and use anything we needed, specifically pointing to the linen closet. There was one bath towel and one washcloth hanging in the bathroom (for us to share?) so I helped myself to more.”

The next day, Sara says, “two brand-new (unwashed) towels were hanging in the bathroom and this note was taped inside the linen closet. The towels I had used the day before were all washed, folded and back in the closet behind the note. That night, we moved to my sister-in-law’s house.”

Please don't get anything without our permission. We have certain towels for our visitor & certain towels for us (which we don't want our visitors to use)  Thank you!

Please don't get anything without our permission.  We have certain towels for our visitor & certain towels for us (which we don't want our visitors to use)  Thank you!

related: These towels are for decoration only!

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173 responses so far ↓

  • #1   GWAndroid

    Wow, that’s just CRAZY. Dad needs to rethink things, or at least delve a little more deeply there.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:43 am   rating: 130  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   TRT

      Doesn’t want to admit that the dog (or anyone else for that matter!) has ringworm, scurvy and scabies.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:38 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Cheryl

      Welcome to our home. Now go away.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 8:24 am   rating: 84  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   H for Toy

      Before I taunt you a second time.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 9:12 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   My name is Princess

      Oh! This family definitely has a Show Room. Complete with the plastic sheeting over the sofa and a baby gate to block the entrance.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Wench

      @ GWAndroid – Absolutely, this is just rude – especially as the FIL had already said help yourself. Clearly the new girlfriend doesn’t want the DIL there at all.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #2   Mom

    Maybe they save the GOOD towels for the guests.. I have towels I don’t want anyone to use because they are old. I save them for myself, car washing, etc. Too embarrassed if guest used them.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:44 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Kristen

      If it were a matter of wanting guests to be as comfortable as possible, then there would be no note.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 8:48 am   rating: 227  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   dot

      I have towels like that too, and I put them away when guests come, but if they did manage to find them, I think it would be more embaressing to post a note than to just say nothing and re-hide them better.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 9:58 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   The Elf

      Seriously? Special towels? Towels? Things that can be easily cleaned and reused?

      I know I’m a pretty informal woman, but my towels aren’t “ours” vs “guest”. They are “towels” and “a ferret shit on this”.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:05 am   rating: 264  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   thewritingspider

      OMG, do you live at my house? I have those same towels!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:58 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Rene

      HAHAHA!!! In my house it’s “laid on the floor under a leak in the ceiling & then a cat barfed on it.”

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Kenzie

      Why am I not even surprised to learn that this site is travelled primarily by crazy ferret people (myself included). It all makes sense now!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Ashes

      If the guest towels were the nicer towels, I suspect it would have been phrased as “please ask us if you need anything” and not “please don’t get anything without our permission”.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   H for Toy

      Somehow, Elf, I just knew this was going to be Word. It was truly inspired, and makes me almost not miss seeing shwo! around :)

      Feb 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   The Elf

      *blush* Thank you, H for Toy!

      Feb 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.10   STFUyou

      I don’t think this crazy woman reserves the GOOD towels for guests. I bet the good ones are only for her and her boyfriend’s DIL gets the crappy ones. Not that I see any really good towels there… I bet she hid them.

      Based on how her closet is organised, she’s a nut job. There’s organised and tidy, and then there’s bat sh** crazy. She’s the latter.

      Feb 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #2.11   Lucy

      I’m the same way, but none of the towels here look like they’d be unacceptable for guest use.

      Feb 9, 2013 at 11:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #3   Angela

    Not be a snob but I don’t see one towel there that is visitor-worthy.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:45 am   rating: 132  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Rene


      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   guest

      Those towels all look perfectly fine to me. Clean and new-looking. Am I missing some kind of joke?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:42 am   rating: 45  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Maggie

      Agreed. Not seeing any fancy towels in that lot.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #4   SA's Spider

    Mmmmm, unwashed formaldehyde towels, tasty.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:45 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #5   Brent

    Good choice to change accommodations!

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:49 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

  • #6   Tesselara

    Whoa. Cinderella, modern-style. Where are the stepsisters?

    I don’t know about you, but children and grandchildren are not visitors in my home. They are family. This is a message intended to convey a deeper message of un-vitation than just towels.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:56 am   rating: 241  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Rene

      No kidding. It’s like the note read “You are somehow connected to my predecessor, therefore you are unwelcome.”

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:21 am   rating: 118  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Thneed

      No. Kidding.

      There’s no really good way to do it, but I do hope that Sara mentions this to her FIL (or that her husband does). Talk about a clash of values!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

  • #7   Headset Hellion

    That unwashed formaldehyde towel was fucking delicious!

    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:57 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      I was wondering about that. Do they mean “unwashed” like brand-spankin’ new, or “unwashed” like ewwwwwwwww. Because I’d rather air dry than use a towel that hasn’t had a first washing yet. Those dyes can be harsh on the skin!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   The Elf

      Uh, that would be “brand new”, as it was clearly stated in the intro, which I forgot about in the small amount of time between reading it and posting.

      Clearly, two cups of coffee this morning was not enough.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:11 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #8   Juniper

    Why is no one mentioning the number of towels in that cupboard??? How many do two people need?

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:11 am   rating: 164  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Hirayuki

      To be fair, how many towels do one woman and a two-year-old need? (Not that this note or behavior is in any way excusable.)

      Feb 5, 2013 at 9:35 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   H for Toy

      Hirayuki, at least one for each of them. My preference is a large bath towel for my body and a smaller towel for my hair, but I’m not picky in someone else’s house. However, one towel per person isn’t unreasonable.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 9:51 am   rating: 107  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Humid Hockey

      I know. There’s like $14,000 worth of towels in there. I thought this was a clearance shelf at B,B&B.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:19 am   rating: 100  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Rene

      I like how there’s (nearly) exactly two towels per design. & Hirayuki, the way I was raised, you should provide one towel & one washcloth per person, no matter how old they are, even a newborn. In fact, in my house, we had super nice towels that us kids were sternly warned to never use. “These are for guests only!” We would look longingly at the big, soft, fluffy towels & then bitterly take a much lower quality towel off the shelf.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:26 am   rating: 86  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   VM

      What floors me is all the different colors, mostly two of each – a sort of Noah’s Ark of terrycloth. Though considering the kind of attitude displayed in the note I wouldn’t be surprised if she color-codes by day and section of body, too.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:37 am   rating: 60  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   TRT

      Hey, you sas that hoopy father-in-law? That’s one cool frood who REALLY knows where his towel is.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:40 am   rating: 75  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   The Elf

      Don’t Panic. There’s enough towels for all of us.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:12 am   rating: 81  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   H for Toy

      Now that I think about it, my grandmother was a little bit like this. She had an overflowing linen closet, and when we came to visit, she wanted us to use the towels on the upper shelf, which were the nicer ones. I remember there being one particular old blue towel that I liked to use on my hair, because a thinner towel is easier to turban-ize. She’d see me using it and gasp “You can’t use that! That’s an old towel!” and make sure she took it and put it in the washer immediately after it came off my head. After my shower the next day, I’d sneak it out of the linen closet or dryer, and use it again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Seriously, after 15 years of this, you think one of us would have given up.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm   rating: 83  small thumbs up

    • #8.9   Rene

      H for Toy, that is an adorable story. It’s your sneaky little game that you play together. Love it.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #8.10   Tesselara

      @TRT and @Elf

      The number of towels in that closet? 42.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm   rating: 58  small thumbs up

    • #8.11   The Elf

      That is to be expected. It is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 6:46 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #8.12   H for Toy

      Aw, Rene, now I miss my grandma :)

      Feb 6, 2013 at 9:13 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.13   Kimberly

      My grandma had handtowels that she hot-glued silk flowers on and were only for decoration. If you got anywhere near them she would say “Don’t mess!” She also had decorative soap. She was a big fan of taking something with a purpose and removing that purpose by making it decorative. This post is dripping with childhood resentments.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 11:56 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

    • #8.14   L

      I honestly need two towels, one for body, one for hair, because my hair is really long and really thick and I will feel REALLY guilty if it drips all over your floors because that is so freaking rude and I don’t want to do that so please can I have two towels? XD

      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #9   ChrisO

    I think you need to get your FIL some towels for Chirstmas this year. And next year. And the next year, just for funsies.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:13 am   rating: 235  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Rene

      Omg, I love that idea!!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:27 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   nola

      For extra fun, you could have “Guest” monogrammed on the new towels.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:32 am   rating: 194  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Nina

      I will pay for the monogramming if you post video of her opening the present.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:47 am   rating: 85  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Rene

      I will chip in $$ for this.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Will

      Not “Guest.” That’s too personal for our note leaver. It’s “Visitor.”

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm   rating: 128  small thumbs up

    • #9.6   lucy

      Also ‘Everyday Use’, ‘Fancy’, ‘Guest’, ‘Fancy Guest’…

      I thought everyone had 11 categories of towels?

      Feb 7, 2013 at 1:08 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

  • #10   lilhuna

    I suspect the new girlfriend. The ‘our’ and ‘we’ sounds like a new control freak is on the scene. Plus the handwriting is girlie.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:14 am   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Nahhh bang

      To me, the handwriting looks kinda psycho.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:30 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Maggie

      I don’t think there was any question that the new girlfriend wrote the note…

      Feb 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm   rating: 60  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Ginger

      I would have stayed and woken up the next day and used every damn towel in the closet. Every last one.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #11   Andreas :)

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:16 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #12   Belle

    Omg, my FIL’s live in GF is exactly like this. Except she won’t leave notes, she just makes snide comments and gets upset when people can’t read her mind. Old people must be so desperate to get laid they’ll put up with anything.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

  • #13   Buffy

    For having a screw loose, I must say
    “Mommy Dearest” keeps a well-organized linen closet.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   S

      That’s because no one is allowed to use any of the towels.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:23 am   rating: 54  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   pooham

      I love how organized this closet is. I used to be like that. I was the only one who fold and put away towels/linens b/c they all had to be folded the same way and had certain places in the linen closet. Now I’m lucky if they make it out of the laundry basket before they’re used again.

      Does this mean I’m cured?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   Rene

      Sounds more to me like you had kids & gave up?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

  • #14   Jami

    I’m more curious as to why the towels were left in the bathroom instead of being placed in the dirty laundry. I’ll never understand why people reuse towels. Why would you dry your face with something that the day before you dried your butt with? Ew.

    I don’t care if there’s a zombie apocalypse going on. I use a fresh, clean towel every single day.

    Though dad’s girlfriend needs to get a clue. If you have certain towels you want people to use, YOU PUT THEM OUT YOUR OWN DARN SELF! Like if it’s a hotel! You don’t leave PANs or force your guests to get their own towels if you only want them to use certain ones.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:14 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   jerquee

      Seriously? What a waste of resources. Presumably your butt is the cleanest it could be when you’re just out of the shower and toweling off.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 181  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Dot

      I re-wash towels after someone else uses them, but if it’s just me, they can be reused without washing a couple times. Of course you have to hang them up to dry so they don’t get moldy. Towels are used to dry off your clean, freshly showered body. How dirty can they be after 1 time?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:39 am   rating: 112  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   nikki

      A new towel every day? Wow. I don’t have that many towels to go around… In my house my boyfriend and I each have “assigned” towels that we use throughout the week and then toss in the laundry at the end of the week.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:46 am   rating: 98  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Tom

      Even hotels don’t like washing towels every single day. All the ones (even the upscale ones) I’ve been to recently have had the “if you leave it on the floor we’ll wash it, if you hang it up we won’t wash it and thank you for saving resources (and us money)”

      Honestly I wash my towels every couple weeks or so. No reason to do it any more often. Who doesn’t hang their towel up after they use it anyway? Mold? Mildew? I’ve never heard of anyone having that issue unless they ball the towel up and zip it up inside an athletic bag without taking it out for days…

      Feb 5, 2013 at 10:51 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   The Elf

      Yeah, put me in the “re-use” club. Why wouldn’t I? Who wants that much more extra laundry? I’m not so enamoured with the chore that I look for excuses to do it more often!

      I do agree that host/hostess should have put out their “special” towels if they were that damn particular about it.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:18 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Dot

      I’ll admit, back in my messy teenage days, I would sometimes leave damp towels on the floor. After 12 hours or so when you picked them up, it smelled faintly of wet dog (lovely, I know). There’s no mold growing, but it still smells musty and damp. Even if you hang them up then, they dry with that smell. You have to re-wash them to get rid of it.

      So yeah…always hang them up. Even if just on over the door hooks.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:32 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   H for Toy

      Exactly what Elf said.

      Jami, I’m getting you a towel with Rufus Sewell’s face on it, so you can use the hell out of that towel!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.8   James

      Why, do you wipe your butt with your towel? In that case, I guess you’d have to have a fresh one everyday…or start using TP!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #14.9   harold

      That’s why you have TWO towels. One for the face, one for your body. It’s like magic.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 7:38 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #14.10   Tom

      Now that I’ve come back to think about it more…since Jami washes his/her towels every day, and I assume showers every day and wears fresh clothes every day…

      Do they wash their bedsheets everyday too then? After all, he/she would be touching them every day the same as his/her clothes and towels. Wowee, that’s a lot of washing. I wouldn’t be able to deal with it.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #14.11   Jami

      I’m a she.

      And we have plenty of towels to use new ones every day without washing them every day.

      I said I dry my butt with them after a bath, not wipe my butt.

      If I had a Rufus Sewell towel I’d frame it and hang it on my wall. Never use it.

      I find reusing towels gross. My brother Todd reuses the same towel every day until I get disgusted and wash it. Even though he hangs it up to dry it still stinks to high heaven after just one use.

      Course he also doesn’t clean the bathroom he uses. (We have three total. One upstairs, two downstairs.) I swear that I need a biohazard suit to clean that room. How one person manages to get a bathroom so much more disgusting than a bathroom three people use is beyond me.

      And I repeat, I must have a fresh, clean towel every single day. I only use two towels when I’m washing my hair. One for my hair, one for my body.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 12:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.12   Frankie bang

      Looks like Jami never even intended to hop on the “reduce, reuse, recycle” train… and if the towel smells AT ALL after a first use, then maybe Jami’s brother Todd never even intended to hop on the “lather, rinse, repeat if necessary” train.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 11:43 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #14.13   kermit

      Sorry, Jami but unless you work in an abatoir or garbage dump I really don’t see the need for a freshly laundered towel daily. Underwear? Ok, fine. But towels? Come on.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #14.14   Tom

      Jami didn’t answer my question about the bedsheets. Perhaps she doesn’t want to think about what I brought up with the sleeping in it every night? Personally I shower right before bed so I have no problem washing my sheets about every 2 weeks, same as my towels. And two towels when you wash your hair? I have hair down to mid-back and have no problem using one towel for everything. Hell, it’s still dry enough afterwards that a second person could use it if they really needed to.

      I mean…do what you want, I guess, it’s your water, detergent, electricity bill, and closet space, but I find your habit kind of crazy. Just putting it out there. Are you a germophobe or maybe have an extra strong sense of smell?

      Feb 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #14.15   meri

      Jami, when my son moved out of the house I bought him this as his ‘set of towels’. He laughed.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #14.16   j-train

      Good gravy, I don’t even have space in my apartment to store enough towels to have a new one every day! Let alone the money to buy that many towels and wash them once a week. And forget it if I have a guest. I’d need like 20 towels. I barely have space for the 4 I have.

      Feb 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.17   sammi

      Meri, they make soap too!

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Kwyjor

    I was thinking, “Maybe it would have been okay if said GF had addressed the issue in person instead of leaving a note,” but no, there’s no way to have that conversation. There’s just no way for this to end well at all. Kind of sad, really.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:14 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   guest

      I think you could say “hey, I got you some nicer towels, they’re in the bathroom” without it being awkward.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:46 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

  • #16   Hannah

    Definitely unresolved issues here. I get having visitor towels and family as I would rather use the older ones and let the guests use the nice ones. But a note like this making the guest feel unwelcome is way more uncomfortable than using an older towel.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:20 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #17   redank

    my eyes hurt looking at those crazy towels

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:27 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #18   KittenPlaysTheViolin

    Ditch the bitch!

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:43 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #19   tpgal

    Just maybe…she was trying to imply that there are better towels for guests than the ones you might find neatly on a shelf. But, maybe she’s just uptight.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:59 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Nahhh bang

      The towels she’d used are behind the note (it says). She’d used those nice pairs of matching towels. Those “Daddy and Me” sets. They’re mine and Daddy’s. Guests get the unmatched one-of-a-kind towels. Pathetic, lonely, single towels. For you, Guest.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:37 am   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   berge bang

      I don’t think that’s the case, but even if it were, how hard is it to SPEAK to your guest and say “Hey, I have nicer towels for you to use” rather than write a psycho note. Who asks for PERMISSION to use a towel at their own father’s house?!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   Vega

      Yeah. “Daddy and Me” sets was exactly what I was thinking, too.

      Reading that backstory, I automatically assumed the potential for some borderline-creepy kink that possibly involved the towels in some way. Maybe the GF is freaked out thinking about a kid using a towel that she’d previously used to clean up… whatever.

      However! If that was the case, the clean-up towel(s) should be kept in the dungeon, not the linen closet.

      Feb 8, 2013 at 1:25 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #20   Nina

    By staying elsewhere, you have totally missed an opportunity to have some fun with this clearly OCD woman. You should have stayed and mixed all these towels around so that none of the like colored pairs were together. Maybe even moved a sheet into a towel pile or something…

    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:44 am   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   NonnyMus

      I had an unpleasantly OCD roommate once and used to play with her head all the time. Mainly by disarranging my own things on my designated shelf in the bathroom. Yeah, she was so crazy that she arranged her roommates’ stuff!

      But yeah, putting two ‘different’ things together would make her scramble, too.

      (In my defense, she was intolerable to live with because she would deliberately wake me up when she got in from work at 2 am. I eventually gave up and moved because no amount of teasing a crazy makes up for sleep deprivation!)

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:56 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #21   redheadwglasses

    To all you commenters referring to the “woman” or “she” responsible for this weird towel deal: It’s her FATHER IN LAW. She never mentions a mother-in-law.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Kwyjor

      Psst: the submitter quite explicitly mentions the new girlfriend of the father-in-law.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 11:58 am   rating: 84  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   Maggie

      Seriously? Can you read?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

    • #21.3   redheadwglasses

      Kwyjor: thanks, I read it twice and missed it both times!

      Maggie: No, I can’t read at all. Bitch.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #21.4   H for Toy

      She can only write.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #21.5   jazzgirl205

      I like you, Redheadwithglasses.

      BTW, thanks for the directions to this website. I’ve been looking for something different.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #21.6   redheadwglasses

      And, H for Toy, barely even that some days! : )

      Thanks, jazzgirl, stick around, we’ll make you some tea!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #22   JN

    Amateurs! At my grandmother’s place I have to bring my own towel. And buy my own toilet paper.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Rene


      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   shc

      And soap! I had relative like that. Soap sat in the dish unused because relative would throw a fit if you used it.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #23   Pit Pat

    Wow. We have guest towels, which are nice towels we bought before remodeling our bathroom in colors that didn’t end up matching the towels. I put them away for guests so that I don’t have clashing colors in my bathroom on a regular basis. It has worked out nicely b/c they stay in very good shape since they are not used a lot. Every guest gets a bath towel and washcloth, and if it’s a couple I put out a hand towel for them too. They are left on the guests’ bed. Once in a while, someone has gotten one of “our” towels out of the linen closet, which is just fine. I can’t imagine leaving a note like this! And I would say it *is* from the fil’s girlfriend, since fil told the submitter to use anything she needed.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #24   Uninspired Required Name

    Wow, and I thought I was bad. She had to have known they were coming, so why didn’t she set out the towels she wanted them to use? If I were Dad there, I’d tell that chick that it’s my house and my towels too, and to chill the frick out.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   kermit

      I think she did set out the towels she wanted them to use, except she only gave them one towel and one wash cloth for two people to use.

      Because clearly by the picture of the towel closet, the woman doesn’t have any towels to spare two guests.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm   rating: 66  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   Pit Pat

      Well, you see, they need the seafoam green towels for Tuesdays, because that’s the day they do their ocean-inspired meditation, and they needs the yellowish ones for every other Friday, when they eat only white/ivory foods. On the opposite Fridays, they use the dark blue towels on the left. The dark blue ones on the right are for guests who stay between 5 and 8 days, and the red ones are for guests who stay +8 days. The pink, purple, and peach towels are for girls who are 3 years or older, and the periwinkle towels are for boys 3 years or older. The patterned bath towels are for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, unless it rains on those days, in which case they use the solid forest green towels. The white ones are for the black dog, and the black ones are for the white cat. The light turquoise towel is for contractors, the sage ones are for dinner guests, and the maroon ones are for tea time. Oh, and the celadon towel – that’s for the submitter and her 2yo. Don’t even get me started on the wash cloths!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm   rating: 122  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   H for Toy

      Pit Pat. Awesome!

      Feb 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #24.4   it's naptime

      I believe the towel was for the daughter-in-law and the washcloth was for the granddaughter because really, how much towel does a two year-old need? They’re quite small.

      Feb 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #24.5   H for Toy

      They’re not that small, and they get cold when they come out of the bathtub, so they need to be wrapped thoroughly in a towel. Plus, what are Sarah or her child going to wash themselves with, if the washcloth is being used as a towel?

      Feb 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #24.6   Pit Pat


      Feb 6, 2013 at 8:20 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #24.7   Pit Pat

      My son was 8 before he graduated to an adult towel. Poor boy was still drying off with one of those hooded ducky towels. Lol. He didn’t seem to care, so it was OK. But yes, a 2yo needs more than a washcloth. Otoh, I think naptime was joking.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 9:43 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #24.8   kermit

      Pshaw! A 2 year old doesn’t need a wash cloth to dry off at all. Just let them run around until they air dry. If that fails, just chase them around with a hair dryer.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:06 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #24.9   H for Toy

      Maybe little girls are pickier than boys :) I hope naptime was joking, but then, I hope he/she wasn’t, because then that makes me that annoying person who gets all “righteous indignation” over a joke. I hate those people.

      Kermit… given what we know about the GF’s personality, can you imagine her horror at a two year old running around the house naked?*gleeful laugh*

      Feb 6, 2013 at 11:59 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #24.10   kermit

      If that was me, I’d be the adult running around naked to air dry. And if the GF questioned me, I would respond nonchalantly.

      “I see that you’re being environmentally friendly byminimizing the towel use, so I just assumed you’d prefer it if I air dried by wet butt. If you really want me to soil your towels though…”

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #24.11   Pit Pat

      Don’t worry, H. We’re all righteously indignant once in a while.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #24.12   it's naptime

      I was joking, H. I haven’t been around a lot of two-year-olds, but I get the impression that the bigger the towel the better off you are. Apparently they’re very mobile as well as being small.
      And now I’m imagining kermit running around naked with a bowl of jello.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #24.13   Pit Pat

      Watch out Kermit – that sounds like Miss Piggy’s dream come true!

      Feb 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #24.14   H for Toy

      Naptime, he was hot and he was hungry, okay?

      Feb 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #24.15   sammi

      I will now adopt this method of towel coding in my future home. Wonderful!

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #25   Rachel

    Looks like the “just for us” towels probably originally belonged to the girlfriend, while the “guest” towels look a bit more manly and I’m guessing belonged to the FIL. From looking at the closet, I’m thinking someone is a bit OCD and got weird about having strangers touch her things.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #26   Sandi

    Wow, this is just creepy.

    I love the chuckles I get from the notes on this site; this is not even remotely funny.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #27   Lil'

    My mother-in-law is extremely hospitable except we are forbidden from drying our hands on her hand towels. They are decorative, she says…but there is nothing else in there to use. NOTHING! No paper towels, no functional hand towels, no bath towels. I have to wash my hands and either use TP or go to the kitchen to dry them. I have reminded her before that she gives us few options, but she still neglects us. So sometimes I secretly use those fancy laced-trimmed towels anyway. Hanging there so seductively just asking to be caressed. I’m a rebel.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm   rating: 78  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Rene

      I hate people that do that, so I use the towel anyway & fold it up & put it back real nice the way I found it. >:]

      Feb 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #27.2   Seanette

      I really don’t understand decorative hand towels that are out-of-bounds as far as using them. Why bother?

      Feb 6, 2013 at 3:17 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #27.3   ninjaduck bang

      I know right? Does she ever WASH those fancy handtowels? They could very well be the dirtiest things in that bathroom.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #27.4   Rene

      They actually usually are. The tops get dusty as hell. When my mom moved in with me (briefly thank God) I forbaid the “just for looks” towels.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #28   Joe

    Ross: Monica categorizes her towels. How many categories are there?
    Joey: Everyday use…
    Chandler: Fancy…
    Joey: Guest…
    Chandler: Fancy Guest…
    Ross: Two seconds.
    Joey: Uh, uh… Eleven!
    Ross: Amazing! Eleven is correct!

    Feb 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm   rating: 76  small thumbs up

  • #29   Betty in LA

    We only have two categories of towels. Human and dog. We keep the dog towels in the utility room near the back door. The human towels are in the linen closet, or in the closet of the guest room (where guests can find them! What a concept!). If you have 30 years worth of worn out towels, you need to give them away or put them out in the work shop to be used for mopping up spent engine oil.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   betty lou

      OMG. This comment reminded me of the high-as-fuck conversation amongst three girlfriends, trying to decide the hierarchy of worn-out towels, and whether they should be used as dog beds and THEN cum rags, or vice versa. To this day, BF and I refer to our cum rags as dog beds.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:58 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   betty lou

      (And I bought brand-new soft hand towels to use as cum rags, because I think it would be gross to use a worn-out dog towel to wipe up our sexy mess.)

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:59 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #29.3   Ace of Space

      That is TMI.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:03 am   rating: 59  small thumbs up

    • #29.4   ninjaduck bang

      This conversation just got REAL. lol! WAY TMI.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:15 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #30   Cory A.

    In my house, we have the dog towels, hand towels, and family towels. If we have family coming, we either go out and buy towels (on sale of course) for that person specifically to use, and it becomes their towel so whenever they come over they know which ones to grab, or pull down the ones we short people never use because they’re too high on the shelf.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #31   Frogsuit Mario

    Maybe most of them are…”bedroom towels”…

    Feb 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #32   mel

    Why does the handwriting look like it belongs to a teenager?

    Feb 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   tuesday

      because she has the mentality of one? maybe?

      Feb 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #33   Cwaster

    Wow. I think the guy is in for trouble from his new girlfriend- that’s a bit nutty in my opinion. I would have left too. Or maybe stu8ck aroubnd, re-arranged a few things…. and tried to see if I could make her have a meltdown.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #34   Eileen

    As long as the towels aren’t left on the floor, we don’t care what towels our guests use. Bitch has major issues with the daughter-in-law.

    Feb 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #35   Rebecca

    What a rude B!!! I agree with one poster who said she should of stayed and messed with the psycho. I would of taken every single one of those towels and wiped my butt with them and left them in a wet pile on the floor. Then I would of turned my 2 year old loose on that linen closest. After that the pantry..teach that hoe bag a lesson!

    Feb 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   bemused

      Wow, lady, you just out-cray crayed the note writer. Kudos!

      Feb 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #35.2   kerry

      It’s would have, should have, could have. Not would of, should of, could of.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

    • #35.3   redheadwglasses

      It’s ho bag, not hoe bag.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 9:09 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #35.4   Vega

      @redhearwglasses: But… but… relying on auto-correct is supposed to make your posts look more smarter, rite? Even if you can’t bother to spell or grammar good?

      Feb 8, 2013 at 1:41 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #36   PattyCakes

    I would have the picture with the note inscribed on the girlfriend-in-law/living-in-sin’s next birthday cake… just to make that occasion as friendly as the visit.

    Feb 6, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #37   Nomnom

    I feel like I’m maybe the only one who would confront someone about the note. Like wtf is this shit?

    But people in my family don’t do things like that. My grandmother is the only one who is a little weird about the towel and that’s mostly because she doesn’t want you drying your hands on a towel someone else used for their bath. So she’ started putting those kleenex disposable hand towels next to the sink in the bathroom.

    Feb 6, 2013 at 8:31 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   ninjaduck bang

      But that is LOGICAL behavior. Nobody wants to dry their hands with a towel some one else dried their ass with. The lady in this note is cukoo!

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:13 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   Tracey

      I would have addressed it with my dad. Like, “Thanks for telling us to make ourselves at home but apparently we offended Elphaba. Maybe you could ask her to give us some more towels?” Then let them fight amongst themselves.

      Feb 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   L

      *frowns* She couldn’t just buy normal hand towels? Because we have those in my house :P

      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #38   ninjaduck bang

    There is seriously no reason for a note like this. They’re all sharing the same space, I don’t think a few extra towels is a big deal. LOOK at how many damn towels they have. It’s not like they’re sharing towels with strangers, those people are family. Let’s be adults!

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:11 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #39   Christine

    That woman can write me all the nasty notes she wants if she’ll come and organize my linen closet like that!

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:21 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   FeatherBlade

      I agree with this sentiment in principle. Having someone else organize your things is always a treat.

      I would agree with it in practice too, if I owned more than three towels and/or had a closet in which to store them. XD

      Feb 6, 2013 at 10:45 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #40   kaetra bang

    Sounds like the “travel-phobic” FIL has a “Visitor-phobic” girlfriend. Now that’s a match made in heaven – a lonely, forlorn, isolated heaven.

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

  • #41   tuesday

    The father set them up by pointing to the cupboard and saying to use what is needed. I hope he made a pre-nup with evil wife because she’s gonna take him for everything…although, he should just give her the towels…no taste whatsoever!

    Feb 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   Jo

      Yeah, I don’t think there’s going to be much of an inheritance for Sara’s partner or child.

      Feb 7, 2013 at 3:28 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #42   Holly

    I just like how neat the linen closet is.

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #43   dizit

    My husband has 5 (adult) kids of his own plus 3 of his late wife’s whom he also raised. I have 3 (adult) kids. Almost all have either spouses or significant others, some have children. We also run a Bed & Breakfast. I buy all my towels exactly the same, thick, Hotel quality, egyptian cotton towels in White. I have enough identical towels for a small army.
    Because the towels are all white, I wash & use bleach on them all every time they are washed. B&B towels are washed daily, unless the guests request otherwise. Our own towels, and those of any family visiting are re-used, usually, once then put into a load of laundry.
    I don’t have the time, energy, or interest to have “special” towels for ANYONE!
    My linen closet is, however, that neat, just colorless!

    Feb 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #44   mark kenseth

    I can’t imagine having that many towels or that many guests where I’d have to have special towels.

    Feb 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #45   0rd

    Last time I had a house full of guests. I put a set of towels on each bed. They were chosen to color-coordinate with the linens in each room. I also showed them where additional linens were stored. At the end of the week all the towels were still folded and unused. Leading me to believe all five guests used the same two bathroom towels all week.

    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:38 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #46   LoneRanger

    Marney? Is that you?

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:14 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #47   Marcus

    When we have guests, we consider them family, since family are the only people allowed to stay the night. And they’re allowed to use whatever towel they want so long as they don’t make a mess of the bathroom. (Large amounts of water on the floor make me twitchy. The bathmat is not a towel.)

    Feb 8, 2013 at 7:29 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #47.1   L

      Yeah, my aunt has a towel rack in the bathroom with big body towels and then smaller towels (like for your hair) and washclothes in a cupboard. She basically says use whatever’s in there, don’t make a mess, put towels in the hamper when you’re done. (She doesn’t like wet towels in bedrooms which… my cousin is a 19 year old boy and sometimes an idiot. It’s not an unreasonable dislike :P)

      I don’t know, I think you should want to have people in your house who you want to be comfortable?

      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #48   Kristy

    My response would be “USE ALL THE TOWELS” As an aside, that’s a LOT of towels.

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #49   razorbandit

    Hahaha holy shit, this reminds me of my boyfriend’s sister. I just showed him this and he agreed that this is going to be her in 20 years. One weekend we went up to his parent’s house to get away from the hurricane in New York. His 26 year old sister still lives at home and is fairly protective of her bathroom items, many of which she doesn’t pay for herself. She has a whole section of “special egyptian cotton towels” which she doesn’t let anyone else use. Don’t worry, I didn’t touch them. But I did realize that I had forgotten a razor. Not to worry though, there was a multi pack of disposable razors in the bathroom, and my boyfriend said it would be fine to take one!

    So I took a shower, used the razor, and left it in the shower for later use. Well, that was a mistake. Apparently that was one of his sister’s razors. Seeing that I had used it, she left me a PAGE LONG note going into great detail about how she did not appreciate that I had used one of her disposable razors, and demanded I buy her a replacement.

    Feb 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #50   STFUyou

    This guy needs to realise that as an older man, he is at an advantage and doesn’t need to be with this crazy woman. Older single men are rare and a hot commodity, considering the women outnumber them 5 to 1. He should dump the nut job and watch the non-crazies descend upon him.

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #51   47of74 bang

    This kind of reminds me of my one aunt. The one who never got married and lived with grandma.

    Feb 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #52   Ivona

    Nobody knows what percolates in the heads of people. The new girlfriend may be trying to assert herself as the home- and rule-maker in the house.

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #53   FeatherBlade

    I will have you all know that this thread inpired me to buy not one, but TWO towels set, specially for the use of my guests, AND a couple of real live hand towels for my bathroom, so that people didn’t have to dry their hands on my bath towel.

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:14 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #54   Bruce MacFarlane

    Reminds me of this

    Feb 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #55   warns

    Sounds like the girlfriend must have fleas or something. Hope she isn’t around for very long, doesn’t sound like an awesome person to deal with.

    Feb 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #56   RedFeather FalconHawk

    I’d call that an open invitation to try out ALL of the towels.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #57   Toya

    I feel sorry for this woman’s fil. After a while, he’s going find himself with just gf at the house.

    My grandfather is the same way. Everyone who enters is house is just a visitor and must behave as such; even family. His insanity regarding his home is so bad that no one wants to stay very long which is sad because grandma is such a sweet lady. As a kid, i loved going to grandmas house but now i dont. Who wants to stay at a place where you have to take your shoes off BEFORE entering the house (there was a time where we were allowed to get in the house first but that was years ago), wash your hands before opening the fridge and before eating, pray before every meal, use proper table etiquette at every meal, only use the gold bath towels, clean up after yourself IMMEDIATELY, and if you have a conversation in his house it’s his business to know everything. I love grandma but grandpa is so tiring.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #58   blahblah

    This is so unrelated, but they have my parent’s bed comforter AND mine in their closet. Kind of creepy actually..

    Feb 17, 2013 at 12:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #59   Starfish

    I love that the FIL and this woman aren’t even married yet, and she’s already ramping herself up to be a MIL from hell.

    Is she young enough that she and the FIL might have children of their own? If so – I kind of pity them and the rules they’ll need to live under.

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:12 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #60   Angester

    I knew a bunch of kids who got staph from sharing towels. I’d protect myself too.

    Feb 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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