One Redditor left readers “gag” after sharing the story of his roommate’s hygiene habits — or lack thereof.
In a post on the AITA (Am I The A******?) subreddit, the 26-year-old man, who posts under the name u/Euphoric-Ad250, explained that he’s increasingly had to ask his roommate to shower because he it is “noticed that a funk was going out from him.” The 24-year-old roommate said he has “a diminished sense of smell” and doesn’t always realize when he needs a shower.
While it appeared the issue was resolved, the Redditor noted that things were far worse than he could have ever imagined. While discussing bidets, he discovered that his roommate doesn’t use toilet paper. Always.
A stock image of a man holding his nose because of a bad smell. Inset: an empty toilet paper roll. A Reddit user explained why he banned his roommate from sitting on his furniture. AndreyPopov / andriano_cz/Getty
“Something clicked in my head and I asked him for clarification,” the horrified Redditor wrote. “Apparently he never wipes off. He says he finds rubbing disgusting [his] a** with a piece of paper that doesn’t actually do anything.’ He said no straight guy does that and it’s no big deal.
“I asked what he does when he eats Taco Bell or something and he said he just takes a shower. I asked what if he’s in a public restroom. He says he’s waiting until he gets home. I then asked if he washes his butt in the shower and he said the soap drips off his back and takes care of it.”
Annoyed, the Redditor told his roommate, “He can’t sit on any of the furniture I pay for (which is most of it) until he wipes and washes his caked ass.” The roommate then made a derogatory comment about his sexuality and stormed out of the apartment.
Newsweek reached out to a hygiene expert to learn more about the risks of not wiping after using the toilet.
“People around the world use a variety of anal cleansing methods, including water, paper, or other solid materials such as rocks. If you don’t use an anal cleansing method after a bowel movement, a large amount of feces can remain around the anus,” he said dr Ian Ross, assistant professor of health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Newsweek.
“This increases the likelihood that a person’s hands will come into contact with their feces, especially if they subsequently touch or itch their anus or the area around it,” he said. “This can increase the risk of transmitting one of the many pathogens that cause diarrhea or vomiting to other people.”
Over 1,000 users have commented on the AITA thread and the top comment alone has 16,400 upvotes.
“YTA (You’re The A******) for reading this and questioning my belief in humanity,” the comment read. NTA (not The A****) though. Get a new roommate, hire a biohazard team to come in, set fire to the apartment, and file a complaint with the Geneva Convention.
Another person wrote: “This is about the millionth story I’ve come across on Reddit about men refusing to wash their ass. I’ll be unsubscribing forever.”
“Oh please. There is nothing masculine about completely neglecting personal hygiene and justifying it with homophobic slurs. So is a drunk person engaging in toxic behavior. Has nothing to do with masculinity,” commented another,” another Redditor commented.
Newsweek has reached out to u/Euphoric-Ad250 for comment. We have not been able to verify the details of the case.
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