In a world where personal hygiene is often seen as the norm, one man is questioning the behavior of his roommate of two years. In a Reddit post, the man explains his current situation with his roommate, who he says is not following proper hygiene habits.
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The author, a 26-year-old man, explains that he had noticed a “funk” coming off of his roommate’s body and asked him to take a shower. The roommate, a 24-year-old male, explained that he had a “lessened sense of smell”, which led to his failure to recognize his need for a shower. The author decided to take things into his own hands, as he elaborates:
“Our apartment has two full bathrooms in the hallway, and I ordered a bidet for mine. The other day, I was installing it, and he happened upon me doing so. He asked what it was for, and I explained. He chuckled, and said "You gay guys are something else." I laughed and said, "It's less invasive than toilet paper, and more effective!" and he laughed and said "Yeah, but I don't use that either!"
Proper hygiene and regular bathing are important for adults to maintain good health and prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), good hygiene habits, including showering or bathing, help to reduce the spread of diseases that can cause concerning sickness..
The author asked his roommate to explain further what he meant, and what the roommate admitted was horrifying:
“Apparently he never wipes. He says he thinks it's gross to 'rub [his behind] with a piece of paper that doesn't really do anything.' He said no straight guy does, and it's not a big deal.”
The author then asked his roommate what he does if he eats taco bell or something and he says he just takes a shower. When asked what if he's in a public bathroom, his roommate says he waits until he gets home. He then says he washes his backside in the shower and that the soap from his back drips down and takes care of it. The author wasn’t agreeing with this argument:
“At this point I was basically gagging, and told him he can't sit on any of the furniture I pay for (which is most of it) until he wipes and washes his crusty [behind].”
The author then called his roommate’s girlfriend to ask if she had heard from him, and she said he had come over and explained the situation, to which she also “got grossed out” and he left her place.
The author's post has sparked a variety of responses, with many Reddit users agreeing that it's important to practice proper hygiene.
One user commented:
“It’s not just about hygiene - it’s about respect and being a decent human being.”
Another user wrote:
“It is really strange and not at all normal. I wouldn't want to live with someone who does that and I don't think it's wrong to tell him to get his act together if you're paying for the apartment.”
What do you think?
Was the author justified in calling his roommate out for his poor hygiene, as it was starting to affect the author’s quality of life?
Or was the author cruel and horrible to say his roommate’s bathroom habits were disgusting, and he should have been kinder about the situation?
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