I’m in my third summer of hosting in Brooklyn. I state clearly I don’t provide breakfast only because I’ve read in various forums how some guests get angry: “this is a BNB, how come there’s no BREAKFAST?!” I didn’t actually have anyone expect breakfast from me ever! Well, this morning the guests that checked in last night that I hadn’t actually met in person yet (their flight from Italy was delayed and I had already gone to sleep) were rustling around my kitchen, messing with the stove so I came out to introduce myself. She was getting ready to cook my last 2 eggs and found frozen hot dog buns in my freezer!! She also located my tea bags and jam. I am a typical single lady in NYC subsisting on eating out and delivery so those last 2 eggs happened to be expiring today and she’s lucky I had any bread in the freezer as leftovers from my last BBQ.
Anyway, it was clear she didn’t speak any English and her husband was not any better so I took out the google translate and said “I don’t provide breakfast or even allow frying on the stove, all stated in my airbnb listing. Have you read the house rules?” He said yes he did but there was just so many and they’ve stayed in many airbnbs in europe and it was custom to be provided breakfast and this is their first time in America and he didn’t know it was different here etc. I insisted they eat the breakfast they started to prepare but expressed I was embarrassed I didn’t have more food to provide!
We kept it jovial and amicable but wow I’ve never been more thankful for only allowing short stays! They only have 2 more nights and so far are doing most things wrong but are very nice. For instance they showered with the entire shower curtain layers inside the tub (I am crazy about separating the inner plastic liner inside tub while fabric liner stays outside tub.) They used my clothing dryer rack as a luggage rack (I already provide one luggage rack and I suppose they assumed this other thing I kept in their closet was the back up, flimsy luggage rack.) And they keep shutting the bathroom door and leaving lights on when I insist on airing it out, door open when not in use.
Should I go get some groceries so they can have some good bread the next two mornings? I mean I don’t even know what “people” eat for breakfast at home. I usually just buy an egg sandwich or bagel at the deli on the way to school!