Woman frustrated by roommate’s ‘disrespectful’ work-from-home demands: ‘Lock your door’

A woman doesn’t want to lend her bedroom to her roommate as a workspace. Now the roommate is upset. 

She explained the situation on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum.

The Reddit poster has three roommates. One roommate, Jane, has the smallest bedroom.

During the lockdown, everyone started working from home but Jane did not have enough space in her room for a desk. Jane asked to use the Reddit poster’s bedroom as an office. The Reddit poster refused.

“I live in a house with three girls,” she said. “Three of us have all started working from home, and one girl ‘Jane’ has been furloughed. She has finally gone back to work this month and is working from home three days a week. The three of us who’ve been working have set up workspaces in our bedrooms, but Jane hasn’t been working and also has the smallest room, so says she can’t set up a desk in there. I made the decision to move in with my boyfriend. Now that we’re out of lockdown, I’m still spending the majority of my time at my boyfriend’s house. Jane has asked me if she can use my room to work in whilst I’m not there, and I said no.” 

One of the Reddit poster’s roommates thought she should have let Jane use the room. 

“I’ve paid full rent and bills despite not being in the house nine months out of the last 14,” she explained. “There is a history of my things being abused by the house — I’ve had a few things broken that no one will own up to. In 2020, I was away for five months again due to the lockdown and when I came back, all my personal items had been removed from the communal areas and my freezer drawer, fridge shelf and cupboard had been emptied of my stuff and filled with theirs.”

She continued, “I don’t have an issue with this as I wasn’t there but would have expected for it to be emptied before I returned. I’m not super keen on Jane anyway, she can be quite rude without thinking about it and I just don’t really want her in my space. I do spend a couple of days a week in my room and need to work there, just not seven days a week!” 

Reddit users were not on Jane’s side for this one

“You’re paying rent so it’s your room. Lock your door!” someone commented.

“They have a track record of disrespecting your stuff. I don’t blame you for protecting your room,” a user said.

“It’s your room that you pay for end of the discussion,” another wrote

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