It seems that the young folks visiting us have never been taught any manners.
One couple, rather insisted that they sleep in the house when we did not have nor offer a bed. Then they acted like they were going to hang around all morning. We both work, and I work from home and their "hanging out" in our living room was not an option. I had to ask them to get packed and move on because we had work to do. Why, would they think that, with out invitation they could disrupt our life at their leisure.
Another time, a couple came in, we had hosted one of the couple earlier, the new party (to us) immediately went to our refrigerator and searched the shelves for something to eat. Nothing their seemed to suit their discriminating tastes so they asked if we had anything else. I was so shocked that a stranger would have the terminity to "raid" my refrigerator without permission, I could not think of anything to say. Later that same day, the same party inspected my closet and commented on the number of bicycle jerseys that I had.
Touring riders: Think - you are a guest, a stranger in a strange land, pay attention to your manners. Know that without express permission from the host, you have no rights or privleges that you may assume that you have.
If you were not taught to respect others space, privacy and ownership, I suggest that you either take a crash course in manners, or begin staying in motels. For our part with these experiences, if you think that you might be like these touring riders, you may find my attitude rather rude and yourself sleeping outside.
Other rider, don't take me wrong, we love to host, and love to be guests. You will see from our referrals that we do both rather well. Please come visit, we go out of our way to make people with manners welcome.