I am living with people again. It isn't going so badly so far. We take it in turns to put money on the gas/electric meters etc, ditto with general kitchen/bathroom supplies.
Last week my female housemate bought a table. Apparently she'd told the boys about it (they were there when she bought it online I think) but the first I heard of it was when the doorbell rang. Fair enough, I thought, we needed more storage space in the kitchen and this has a rack underneath for pots and pans etc, and it saves me going to the charity shop and finding something to lug the mile back to the house. BUT then later that day she casually mentioned in passing that I could pay her back my share for the table when I had the money - my share of a table that I'm going to get one year's use out of then never see again. It's not been mentioned since, but am I going to be unleashing a demon if I refuse to pay up? Because it's not MY table. It's not OUR table. It's HER table that she's letting us all use. By this principle should I start charging 20p per day for every time someone puts something on my piano, or insist everyone chip in for my rabbit's food because everyone pets him? Are they going to charge next year's housemate for using the table once I've moved out?
Most importantly: am I in the right?
I hate living with people