What Can You Do When People Don’t Respect What You Ask Them to Do in Your House?

What Can You Do When People Don’t Respect What You Ask Them to Do in Your House?

Nene Leakes doesn't want you in her closet, please and thank you. So what should you do when people don't listen?

By Marianne Garvey

Nene Leakes has shown off her stunning closet countless times. But, as we all recently learned, when it's time to stay out of it, you gotta listen.

"I have a nice closet, I’m not tooting my own horn … I’ve shown it … but when these girls came over my closet wasn’t clean," The Real Housewives of Atlanta fashionista explained of her outburst. "Anyway, I wanted them to see it for the first time how it is in a magazine or on social media, I wanted them to see it very nice. So I said, 'Don’t go in my closet,' and Kandi decided to go in the closet, and, what you're not gonna do? You’re not gonna disrespect the Leakes house... I do a lot of shit on this show but the one thing I never do is disrespect your home... I just don’t understand. You have guests and saying, 'You guys are not allowed upstairs' and they say, 'F--k you, I’m going upstairs, like who the f--k says that?"

Kandi, I guess.

And while Nene probably shouldn't have treated the camera man's shirt like an orange peel, she is kind of on point about her houseguests being rude.

"When you are a guest at someone’s home, whether it’s for a couple of hours or a long weekend, it’s your primary role to respect the host by following their house rules," national etiquette expert Diane Gottsman said.

"There will be times when a host will make requests outright, such as 'please remove your shoes at the door' or 'don’t feed our pets people food.' Common sense and courtesy must always prevail. If the host has a special request, it is your duty as a model guest to respect their wishes," she added.

Plus, sticking your head where you shouldn't is pretty nosy.

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"Good judgment will dictate that a guest should not rifle through drawers or invade the hosts' privacy," Gottsman said. "Nor should they abuse the hospitality of the host in any way. Don’t help yourself to anything that does not belong to you."

Ultimately, Gottsman said, a good guest should strive to leave their surroundings better than they found them. "The goal of a perfect guest is to be invited back again!"

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