This user lived in her house with her boyfriend and roommate. But their roommate always left his alarm clock going off, waking everyone up earlier than needed. So, she decided to get some much-needed payback!
Sharing a Home
OP (Original Poster) is a 28-year-old woman living with her 29-year-old boyfriend. Together, they live with a 35-year-old male roommate in a house OP owns.
Both her boyfriend and her roommate work at the same company, and their workdays start at 6:00 AM.
OP works from home so she can sleep and wake up “whenever she wants.”
On top of that, OP was a “very light sleeper,” whereas her boyfriend was a “fairly heavy sleeper” who often required OP to wake him despite his alarm.
Her boyfriend’s alarm was set to go off at 5:30 AM each weekday morning. He’d then get dressed and head to work by 5:40 AM.
During those 10 minutes, OP would pack her boyfriend’s lunch, make him coffee, and ensure he was “set up for the day.”
Their roommate had thrown a snarl into their morning routine, though. He had a “very loud, blaring alarm” that would go off every five minutes between 5:00 and 5:30 AM.
He’d then finally manage to “roll out of bed” at the last minute and get ready for work and depart. Even on the weekends, their roommate would sometimes leave his alarm set and go off until 6:00 AM, when it’d finally shut off on its own.
It’s Too Loud
OP was fed up with it all. She didn’t understand why their roommate’s alarm needed to be so “d*** loud” that it woke up the entire house.
It especially annoyed OP because their roommate had claimed he was a “light sleeper” like her. He’d even once complained to OP that her watching TV in her room late at night kept him up, even if her bedroom door was closed.
OP noted that if the alarm were just a “little quieter,” it wouldn’t bother her. However, because the alarm was so loud, it would wake up her dogs and even her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter, who occasionally stayed with them.
Time to Start the Day
Unfortunately, once the first alarm sounded at 5:00 AM, OP and everyone else—aside from her boyfriend—were stuck being awake.
She added, “I don’t know if you’ve ever dealt with a toddler being unwillingly woken up at 5:00 AM, but it’s not pretty, especially since she usually wakes up between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.”
Giving Multiple Chances
OP tried nicely asking their roommate a “number of times” to simply lower the volume on the alarm clock by just a little—just enough that he wouldn’t wake up the entire house when it went off.
However, their roommate stood firm and refused every time.
Business as Usual
Then, OP explained that her entire morning routine consisted of taking a shower, doing the dishes and tidying the house up, taking care of the dogs, and other miscellaneous chores.
If her boyfriend’s daughter were with them, she’d make breakfast and then turn on a show for the toddler to watch.
Routine of Revenge
Since their roommate wouldn’t adjust the volume on his alarm clock and OP was already awake, she committed to starting her day’s routine bright and early at 5:00 AM. She added, “None of which I do quietly. I’m awake anyway, and it’s my house, so I can do what I want.”
Her dogs also helped with being noisy, as two of her three dogs were large, so they made a fair amount of noise when being let out of their crates and fed.
Sun’s Up, Let’s Do This!
OP knew the toddler would typically fall back asleep on the couch, even with the TV on, so she’d put a show on for her at a normal volume at 5:00 AM.
She said, “My dogs are energetic, so I let them out of their crates to run around. At 5:00 AM. Dishes? 5:00 AM, baby. TikToks in the living room? 5:00 AM again. Wake me up at 5:00 AM, then that’s when my day will start.”
Dazed and Confused
Since then, OP hasn’t gotten much out of their roommate except for “dirty looks” and the occasional “Why are you awake?”
To which OP gives the simple response of, “Because you woke me.”
Taking a While to Catch On
OP commented that their roommate wasn’t the “sharpest tool in the shed” and so had begun to complain that she was being “petty for no reason.” Each time he complained, OP would again suggest he turn down the alarm clock or at least “lessen its frequency,” but he would refuse each time.
She said, “Guess we’ll all just keep waking up at 5:00 AM except for my boyfriend, of course. He can sleep through virtually anything. Bless his heart. I should go wake him.”
The State of Things
In the comments, OP clarified that their roommate is only staying with them because of a “long, convoluted story.” However, it’s essentially because OP’s doing a long-time friend of hers a favor.
Their roommate, however, only has six months to live with them, which would end in December of 2023. She wrote, “I’ve been dropping less than subtle hints about my plan for the room he’s staying in once he’s out. He’s not smart, but I refuse to believe he’s that stupid.”
Redditors’ Two Cents
The community reveled in OP’s petty revenge and chimed in with their own ideas of how to get back at their roommate.
One top-upvoted user said, “I would suddenly take an interest in making breakfast smoothies. Recipes that involve having to crush ice cubes with a blender. As I enjoy the smoothie, I’d vacuum.”
“Might as well start the dryer and, I don’t know, your shoes look wet?” added another Redditor.
Others also chimed in to give OP fantastic ideas on how to continue with her revenge.
A woman wrote, “Even better, make two extra, extra strong espresso drinks. Eighteen fresh shots. Or simply record the sounds and play them on repeat.”
Taken for Granted
For the rest of the community, since OP owned the house, she had all the right to kick their roommate out!
“Okay, you’re fine with being awake early. Since your m****** roommate doesn’t give a s*** about waking the entire house, including a child, wait until the kid isn’t staying with you and wake up extra early to turn on some loud as f*** music. Like, 3:00 AM early. Also, You own the house. Why is this a**hole still in it? That is so wildly inconsiderate it boggles my mind.”
What would you do if you were in OP’s shoes? Is it time to kick her roommate out?
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