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How to Deal with Annoying House Guests

Don’t let an unmannerly house guest break up the happy home. Fight back their annoying habits with these three tips.

By
Richie Frieman,
February 20, 2011
Episode #148

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Tip #3: How to Deal with House Guests Who Are Lazy

Lazy people drive me nuts. If your house guest is just staying with you until he “gets back on his feet,” but you start to realize the only “job” he’s looking for is “Internet Explorer” you have to face the fact your houseguest is just lazy.

You can approach this problem two ways. One, you can take the fitness trainer route. By that, I mean shouting motivational phrases at him until he applies for those jobs. If he’s still sleeping on your couch and doing no more than watching Oprah and The View, it might be time to send him packing. If he is willing to take advantage of you, you should have no problem ending the relationship. It won’t be fun, but it must be done. Say something like, “Look bud, I know you need a place to stay while you looked for work… but to be honest, I don’t think you’re really trying very hard. I work all day to pay for this place and if you are going to stay with me you either have to start helping out with the bills--like a roommate--or show some sort of motivation to get yourself together. If not, I can’t have you stay with me anymore. I hope you understand where I’m coming from.”

Let that sit in the air for a little bit for them to absorb and breathe in. Sometimes people need a kick in the butt, and even though it stinks being the one to swing the boot, it’s better than being the one who gets walked all over.

Do you have a great story about an improper houseguest? Post them on my Modern Manners Guy Facebook page so we can all hear the details. As always, if you have another manners question, I’m look forward to hearing from you so drop me a line at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. As well, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT. And of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips.

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