(Closed) "Use only what you need" on Bathroom Baskets

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it rude to have a "use only what you need" sign on the bathroom basket?
    Yes : (134 votes)
    69 %
    No : (48 votes)
    25 %
    Other : (11 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 17
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    If you just take out the word “only,” it would be much better!

    Post # 18
    634 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  Is it really necessary to tell guests this?  I would think that it would be common sense not to take something one doesn’t need.  Can’t imagine any of my guests walking off with stuff they weren’t going to use.

    Post # 19
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think it is a little rude. It should be expected of adults not to just take everything they can jam into their purses of pockets. If there are adults that would do this; I don’t think a sign is going to get in their way.

    Post # 20
    634 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Atalanta:  This is exactly what I was thinking.  I can’t imagine any of my friends or family stealing so I’m puzzled by the need for such a sign.

    Post # 21
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @lovelyduckie:  I think it’s way too long. No one is going to stand there and read that. If you feel like having a little sign, just write:

    Use only what you need and leave the rest, 
    It may be useful to another guest. 

    Yes, we’re adults, but some adults are rude as $hit. 

    Post # 22
    11457 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I would not include the sign. 

    As prior posters have noted, the people you are hoping to target with this message will disregard it.  No one else would dream of pilfering your emergency supplies and may be put off that someone is implying that they would.

    Post # 23
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I think telling them not to take too much is rude – but it might be worth having a sign for the rest of it – i.e. telling people that it’s ok to use something. 

    Post # 24
    3682 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If you’re really concerned, just don’t have the bathroom baskets. Someone who is going to take the stuff will take it whether or not you have a cutesy poem.

    Post # 25
    3277 posts
    Sugar bee

    yYes it is rude. It implies that without your wise guidance the guests would be animals and steal everything from the baskets.

    You’ve presumably invited people you know are reasonable people who don’t need a reminder.

    Post # 26
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My SIL will leave with 15 tampons and a bottle of hairspray no matter what it says.  I will still bring my own Excedrin and just be peeved that you think I’m going to steal the stuff that you left there for me.

    Post # 27
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    If I were to post a sign, I’d probably just put one out that said, “Use what you need!  –From the newlyweds.”  And I’d cutesy up the sign a bit.  It lets people know that (1) they can feel free to use the products and (2) you’re the one who’s paid for the goods.

    Also, I doubt anyone who’s using the bathroom will take the time to read a long poem.

    Post # 28
    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @RunnerBride13:  +1

    I agree, remove the word “only” and poem should be fine. Many guest won’t read it any ways but if you wish to add it, go for it. It will give them something to read while on the toilet. Lol

    Post # 29
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I went to a wedding a couple years ago that had a huge basket of flip flops in the ladies room that guests could take for dancing. OBVIOUSLY guests should have only taken one pair but lo and behold the basket was completely empty before the dancing even started. When I was leaving the wedding I saw a guest walking out to her car with 5-6 pairs of flip flops with the ribbons still on them! I was appalled. She hadn’t even used any, just stole them before anyone else could use them.

    I think people who are this brazenly inappropriate will probably be that way whether there is a sign or not. It should be obvious to normal people not to take more than they need, and crazy people will do what they want. I say no sign is necessary.

    Post # 30
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Only you know your guests. If you have the type of guests that will jack all the “free” stuff, then by all means post a sign. However, as PP mentioned, the people who do this kind of thing won’t be put off by a sign.

    I didn’t do bathroom baskets, but if I did, I wouldn’t have posted a sign because I think my guests would be considerate and take what they need (if anything). I think this is about knowing (and trusting) your guests. They’re not random strangers at a restaurant.

    Post # 31
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I find cutsey poems on wedding items to be cringe-inducing, even without the directive to “use only what you need”. Bathroom baskets are already kind of unnecessary, and on top of that, adults know how to conduct themselves. They don’t you passive agressively policing them from afar. (at least, that’s how I would interpret it if I was a guest at your wedding). Loosen the reins and let go. It’ll be ok if someone takes more lotion than they need.

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