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A mum who was sick and tired of someone in her house weeing on the toilet seat used a clever trick to catch the culprit.
Victoria Everest had tried confronting her husband Paul and two sons Dawson, 12, and Finlay, 13, but they all claimed they were innocent and promised that they lifted the seat each time they went for a pee.
So, unsure of which of three blokes in her household was constantly refusing to lift the toilet seat, she stashed a fiver inside a sandwich bag and stuck it underneath the seat with blu-tack knowing that whoever was lifting the lid would mention it, thus clearing their name. Clever, eh?
It turned out that both Dawson and Finley took three trips each before they discovered the cash - meaning they were both part-time seat lifters.
And since she carried out the crafty plan, she says the toilet seat has remained clean and dry.
Victoria, 43, said: "The kids weren't at school and my partner wasn't working much, so I'm the only girl in this house and I just noticed [wee on the seat] more.
"It wasn't really an issue before lockdown because they'd be at school or work, then they'd have wees in the evening and you wouldn't mind cleaning it, but it just got too much.
"I kept saying to them 'who is not lifting the seat?' and they were saying 'not me, I lift it', and I just got sick and tired of cleaning the seat every time I went upstairs.
"One evening I sat on the toilet and I felt it, stood up so quickly, then jumped in the shower to wash it off, and I thought 'someone's going to get it, but I don't know who'.
"It's a running joke in every house, I think, but it just got to a point where I had to do something about it."
Victoria shared the trick on Facebook where it picked up more than 50,000 likes, shares and comments. She even posted an update unveiling the culprits.
She added: "Dawson was chuffed that he'd found it, so I ran up there and he was telling me he'd found £5 and I said 'and that's why you should lift the toilet seat'.
"He asked how long it's been there and how many of them I'd done, and I said 'once and once only, and don't tell your brother'.
"My eldest reacted the same, but they both refused to open the bag, in case there was wee in it, so I had to do that.
"I let them keep the money because I thought that if I didn't they would never lift the toilet seat again.
"My husband got away with it because he was working, so he didn't get caught out, but I know it was all three of them.
"They're such clean boys when it comes to their own stuff, and their bedrooms are immaculate, but it's just the pee on the seat."
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