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    Hi, Student Room. Well, so far, it's been an interesting few weeks at uni. For most of that time, I feel I've been getting on well with my flatmates, and my course has been going well. However, a few of my flatmates have been starting to get on my nerves. There are a couple of people who are always playing pranks on us, e.g. playing Knock Down Ginger, hiding people's stuff, taking stuff from our rooms, etc. Now, to a certain extent, I'm fine with a bit of this every now and then, but it's gotten to a point now where it's starting to annoy me and where I'm now having trouble trusting people to not take any of my things while I'm out of the room, plus what also pisses me off is that no-one ever admits to the pranks, nor do any of my flatmates ever tell me who it was, even after the prank reaches its conclusion. Tonight, something happened that has frankly pushed me towards the edge; I was just doing myself some Super Noodles and literally left for 10 seconds to get my bowl and cutlery from my room. When I go back in, I see one of my flatmates at the hob I was using, stirring my noodles, and like a mug I thought he was just being helpful, but I soon found out he did something else once I started eating (at least I was sure it was him, as he WAS near my saucepan): he put something really hot in my noodles, to the point that my mouth is still burning now, about 15 mins after finishing (I didn't want to waste it just because it was spicy). What was worse was that, once again, no-one would own up and everyone just turned a blind eye. I just don't feel like any of this is called for as I feel I've been nothing but nice and respectful to everyone. Should I be angry at them for all this, or should I just dismiss it as 'just banter' as most of the antics that have happened has seemed to be? Cheers in advance
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    Hi, Student Room. Well, so far, it's been an interesting few weeks at uni. For most of that time, I feel I've been getting on well with my flatmates, and my course has been going well. However, a few of my flatmates have been starting to get on my nerves. There are a couple of people who are always playing pranks on us, e.g. playing Knock Down Ginger, hiding people's stuff, taking stuff from our rooms, etc. Now, to a certain extent, I'm fine with a bit of this every now and then, but it's gotten to a point now where it's starting to annoy me and where I'm now having trouble trusting people to not take any of my things while I'm out of the room, plus what also pisses me off is that no-one ever admits to the pranks, nor do any of my flatmates ever tell me who it was, even after the prank reaches its conclusion. Tonight, something happened that has frankly pushed me towards the edge; I was just doing myself some Super Noodles and literally left for 10 seconds to get my bowl and cutlery from my room. When I go back in, I see one of my flatmates at the hob I was using, stirring my noodles, and like a mug I thought he was just being helpful, but I soon found out he did something else once I started eating (at least I was sure it was him, as he WAS near my saucepan): he put something really hot in my noodles, to the point that my mouth is still burning now, about 15 mins after finishing (I didn't want to waste it just because it was spicy). What was worse was that, once again, no-one would own up and everyone just turned a blind eye. I just don't feel like any of this is called for as I feel I've been nothing but nice and respectful to everyone. Should I be angry at them for all this, or should I just dismiss it as 'just banter' as most of the antics that have happened has seemed to be? Cheers in advance
    start locking your room whenever you aren't in it- that should stop your stuff going missing from it. Otherwise though I wouldn't react and hopefully they will get bored of this- there is a chance if they are as immature as they sound that they will just laugh if you get angry. Hopefully if you don't react they will get bored.
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    (Original post by TheGiantPunkGooner)
    Hi, Student Room. Well, so far, it's been an interesting few weeks at uni. For most of that time, I feel I've been getting on well with my flatmates, and my course has been going well. However, a few of my flatmates have been starting to get on my nerves. There are a couple of people who are always playing pranks on us, e.g. playing Knock Down Ginger, hiding people's stuff, taking stuff from our rooms, etc. Now, to a certain extent, I'm fine with a bit of this every now and then, but it's gotten to a point now where it's starting to annoy me and where I'm now having trouble trusting people to not take any of my things while I'm out of the room, plus what also pisses me off is that no-one ever admits to the pranks, nor do any of my flatmates ever tell me who it was, even after the prank reaches its conclusion. Tonight, something happened that has frankly pushed me towards the edge; I was just doing myself some Super Noodles and literally left for 10 seconds to get my bowl and cutlery from my room. When I go back in, I see one of my flatmates at the hob I was using, stirring my noodles, and like a mug I thought he was just being helpful, but I soon found out he did something else once I started eating (at least I was sure it was him, as he WAS near my saucepan): he put something really hot in my noodles, to the point that my mouth is still burning now, about 15 mins after finishing (I didn't want to waste it just because it was spicy). What was worse was that, once again, no-one would own up and everyone just turned a blind eye. I just don't feel like any of this is called for as I feel I've been nothing but nice and respectful to everyone. Should I be angry at them for all this, or should I just dismiss it as 'just banter' as most of the antics that have happened has seemed to be? Cheers in advance
    I completely agree with the above, the less you react the more likely they'll find it boring and just move on.

    It's horrible that this is happening to you, what tends to happen is that flat mates are just trying to fit in with each other and if one dominant person in that circle finds it funny - they all follow. It'll just be a phase!

    But if it ends up not being a phase and really starts to get you down, don't hesitate to call them out on it, admit you found it funny but some things are a little too far and maybe that'll make them realise that not everyone finds it hilarious.

    I'd start locking your door when you're not there and I know it'll be a bit of a bother but just start storing things in your room that could prevent it at all costs .

    I hope it works out for you!
    - Kath .
 
 
 
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