Here is a short list of things guests did which struck me as less-than-optimal.
- Group A: Run washing machine morning after arrival without asking.
Background: youngish, friendly couple from Australia. Arrived late night/early morning. When giving them the walkthrough, I pointed to the washing machine and said “washing machine”. They seem to have thought that was a green light to go ahead and use it. I discovered it running later that morning, around 9ish. I wrote in my guest guide.
There is a washing machine (Bosch, front-loading, 7 Kg)
available for guest use. We are currently charging \rupee~50 per
load. Detergent is included. However, we ask that you let us do the
actual loading of clothes. Once clothes have been washed, we have a
drying line we can put it on.
which they presumably didn’t read.
(Sidebar: Of the four groups to use the washing machine, only one group paid for it. Of the three groups whose review I have read, they were also the only ones to give me 4 stars. I’m not sure if this means anything, but it’s a bit ironical.)
After I discovered the washing machine running, I told them they should have asked me first. The male guest said he was sorry, and we left it at that.
They actually seemed like nice people, and I’m inclined to not mention it. And I’ll try to make a point of telling people to ask me first before using. I’m just paranoid about damage. (Oh, and they left some underwear behind on the line.)
Group B: Moved the plastic table on the upstairs terrace to the balcony garden, and then had breakfast there. That was actually a reasonable thing to do, because it was blazing hot upstairs that day, and I don’t have any cover set up, but I would have liked to have been asked. They were also nice people (German), and they gave me a great review. I didn’t mention it in their review.
Group C: Order takeout to be delivered without asking. This one is probably not a big deal. Just wondered if anyone thought it was worth caring about. Again, I’d like to be asked. (Maybe I’m overly fussy). This was a young Indian couple.
Group C: Planned to smoke on upstairs terrace without asking. The guest came asking for matches. I said there was no smoking in the room, to which he responded that he would smoke on the terrace. I didn’t have any matches, and told him to ask our cook, who didn’t have any either, I think.
I probably won’t mention (3) or (4) in C’s review either. I don’t want to be either a nitpicker or a pushover, so I’m trying to steer a middle course. But a bit of sanity checking never hurts.
So, in summary, would any of these bother you? And if they did, would you mention them in a review? I’m not ambitious enough to try to set up a poll.