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As COVID-era restrictions on meeting indoors finally ease worldwide, many people are likely struggling to remember how to behave at someone else’s home. Thankfully, a new survey has revealed the most-hated houseguest faux pas to avoid — which apparently include breaking wind and using furniture as a hand wipe.
The poll surveyed approximately 2,000 adults across the UK on visitor no-nos, according to the Sun.
They found that the most-maligned etiquette violation was wiping one’s greasy mitts on someone’s sofa, followed closely by putting one’s feet up on the furniture.
Entering someone’s place without removing one’s shoes was also a major faux pas, with just 20% of survey participants thinking this barbaric habit was hunky-dory.
Meanwhile, only a quarter of respondents were OK with a guest swearing inside their abode, while a staggering 51% said it was unacceptable to show up at someone’s home unannounced.
Farting in another’s house was also considered taboo, as was going No. 2 in the host’s bathroom.
Not all of the most reviled habits were so obvious. A whopping 90% of survey participants deemed it rude to ask for the Wi-Fi password within 30 minutes of arriving at the host’s home — a seemingly innocuous request given our smartphone-saturated society.
However, manners expert William Hanson explained that so-called peccadillo “is a modern manners sin — unless there is a very good reason to use your host’s Wi-Fi, you are there to socialize with your host and their family, not the people on your phone.”
Per the Sun, proper etiquette dictates that guests should wait at least 50 minutes before asking for the Wi-Fi password, although 40% say you should never request it.
And while some of the behaviors may seem like a minor annoyance, a quarter of respondents claim they’ve banned people for the aforementioned infractions.
“I feel very lucky that I have never had to ban anyone from my house, although some may have come closer than others,” said Hanson.
In the realm of visitor faux pas, those don’t compare to decorum breaches seen in New York’s Hamptons, in which uncouth crashers have done everything from asking the hosts for money to having hanky-panky in their hot tubs.