Trick or Trash?
The internet is not for communication, nor is it for information. It is for arguing.
Surely you’ve wandered into a message board or comments section at some point where people are bickering and name calling. Trolls have dedicated the purpose of their lives to doing it because humans will argue about anything… like that dress, a Starbucks cup, or which way to hang the toilet paper.
When it comes to arguing, no topic is too sacred or off limits, including holidays.
Some holidays are meant to be purely for fun, and when it comes to frivolity and masquerading, what is more fun than Halloween? Unless you’ve been to Mardi Gras, probably nothing. During Halloween, you can dress up scary, sexy, or funny. You can even make little kids happy by handing them cruddy candy. With the October holiday comes parties, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and, oh, the best horror movies!
There’s always that one house in your neighborhood that goes all out with their outdoor decorations. This is a story, however, of some upsetting indoor decor for Halloween.
Occasionally, you’ll end up living with someone awesome who clicks with your lifestyle, but more often than not, roommates piss you off somehow. From leaving dirty dishes for days to having people over late at night to borrowing something and not returning it, living in tight quarters with one or more other person is difficult. As hard as it is though, it is a relationship you are forced to make work.
Mumsnet user QuestionableMouse has an issue with her roommate. Or rather, said roommate has an issue with QuestionableMouse.
You see, Mouse decided to hang up some Halloween decorations on the outside of her own bedroom door. With a simple string of paper skulls and pumpkins, Mouse thought of herself as being festive yet simple and surely not hurting anyone.
Like most passive-agressive roommates, the woman decided to write Mouse a note instead of addressing the “situation” in person. Apparently, the roommate didn’t like these decorations and found them “offensive.”
Confused and conflicted, QuestionableMouse took to Mumsnet, a parenting advice site, to get some more opinions of her roommate situation.
User DrPill said, “They are just temporary so hopefully she’ll deal with it. I have a colleague who disapproves of Halloween, and is shocked I let my kids dress up.” SloeSloeQuickQuickGin disagreed, saying, “In your room is fine. Out side and it becomes communal living space. Its pagan. Some people don’t like it. Only you know whether you want to carry on offending her or not.”
“Is she offended at the sight of anything that isn’t consistent with her religious beliefs? Is she unable to pass a mosque or synagogue without getting offended?” NotAPuffin offered. “No-one has to take part in Halloween if they don’t want to but it’s utterly unreasonable to expect other people not to just because she doesn’t like it.”
The site’s users went back and forth.
User SeaWichly gave a length bit of advice, writing, “I personally find this a bit pathetic… that some people can have such a fragile sense of their own religious beliefs that they feel ‘offended’ or threatened by someone practicing a different set of beliefs or ideology and displaying the symbols of these.
“For some reason it is often those pagan beliefs or symbols which are deemed unacceptable…whereas christianity itself evolved via early pagan traditions, figureheads and sacred days.
“My mother has a Christian friend who refuses to enter her home as she has a buddha statue on the doorstep. Personally I think that is really narrow minded and offensive but each to their own.
“OP I would take this opportunity to lay some ground rules with your flatmate around what you both consider to be fair and reasonable re communal living space… but otherwise if she is a good flatmate in all other respects and you don’t want her to move out [and you feel this is a big enough issue for her to make that a possibility] I would probably compromise and agree to hang the decorations in my bedroom only.”
“Have an actual conversation with her rather than a whole lot of strangers on the internet,” user bridgetreilly bluntly suggested. QuestionableMouse replied, “Well she left at 6:45 this morning after much banging and crashing around. Then she let the door slam behind her. Needless to say I haven’t spoken to her yet and I’m home for the next couple of days so it might be next week when actually get to ask her about it.”
There are over four hundred replies to QuestionableMouse’s call for help. Read them over here.
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