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Airbnb Host’s ‘Sinister’ Bathroom Rules Spark Ridicule

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Many Airbnb hosts provide their guests with basic instructions about using the property. Often, these are designed to be helpful. However, one Airbnb host’s rules that were shared on social media by a guest at the property sparked confusion and ridicule. One commenter on the post went as far as to call them “sinister.”

Ian Hickton shared details about his experience as an Airbnb guest on Twitter. According to a report by Fox News, he stayed at the property on July 12 and was greeted by an odd list of bathroom etiquette rules that all guests were expected to follow.

“Actual house rules from the Airbnb I stayed at last night,” wrote Hickton in his post. “Is this where @LeagueOfGentlem got the inspiration for Harvey and Val?”

Hickton then shared an image of the rules, which dictated how guests were expected to treat the bathroom.

Most of the rules focused on keeping the space dry, including to avoid “splashing the mirror” when using the sink, make sure the bathmat is in place when showering or if water may spill from the sink when used, and “use the squeegee provided to remove any water clinging onto the glasses, onto the tiles and onto the window in the first floor bathroom.”

Guests were also expected to use a special towel to completely dry the shower.

The Airbnb host also had instructions for using the toilet brush after using the toilet.

“The purpose of the toilet brush is to remove any signs of your passage, of whatever colour, from inside the toilet (above and below the water line), from the toilet rim, and from the underside of the toilet seat,” said the rules sheet. “The use of the toilet brush is not optional. Please make sure you do not leave any traces of your passage.”

The Airbnb host also added, “Gentlemen, it would be highly appreciated if you took a seat both for number one and for number two.”

Most Twitter users were quick to pick up on the odd phrasing. “’Do not leave any traces of your passage’ how sinister is that?!” wrote one commenter.

“In other words, ‘even though you have paid the air bnb cleaning fee, we want it to look as if the bathroom is clean for the next check in so we don’t have to do anything!’” said another.

Hickton did reveal that there were additional rules for the Airbnb rental, but did not share any specifics beyond the bathroom requirements.