Students are generally known for being pretty messy, but Brittani Cooper’s house absolutely took the cake, then left it out to fester and grow mold. So when her disgusted dad discovered just how his daughter was living, he decided to get her to enter what must be the world’s weirdest competition. And Cooper, for some reason, agreed.
Brittani Cooper is 19 years old and hails from Longlevens in Gloucestershire, England. However, she’s studying at the University of the West of England (UWE), in Bristol, 40 miles away. And while she’s moved out, she apparently hasn’t taken any good habits with her.
Of course, students are notorious for living in squalor. After all, it’s usually their first time living on their own – or, at least, away from any helpful parental oversight. So they’re probably not used to coping for themselves. And that includes doing basic household chores such as tidying away possessions, washing dishes and doing laundry.
There’s no denying that Cooper’s house was a little worse than most, however. In the kitchen she shared with five housemates, trash bags spilled garbage everywhere, with nobody apparently bothered enough to take them out. Indeed, it was a scene enough to make even the staunchest of stomachs lurch.
Elsewhere in the kitchen, dirty dishes piled high, the washing-up seemingly left to no one. And the stovetop was somehow even worse, covered in detritus and bits of food and sauce, the remnants of meals the students had left to rot. It was certainly a grim sight.
Her housemates inevitably must take some of the blame for the squalor in which they lived. The situation was made all the more ironic for Cooper, though, thanks to the degree she’s studying for at UWE. Yes, believe it or not, she’s actually working towards a qualification in real estate.
Like any parent, then, her dad was understandably horrified by the way his daughter lived. So, when he came across a competition launched by website web-blinds.com to find the dirtiest student house in the country, he told her she should enter.
Cooper didn’t get angry at her dad for suggesting that their house really was that dirty, though. In fact, she had to admit that he had a point. “He sent me the link to the article as a joke because he knew that my housemates and I didn’t exactly keep our flat the tidiest during the past year,” she told Metro.
Clearly then, Cooper was a girl with a sense of humor – and she subsequently decided that she may as well enter. After all, what was the worst that could happen? So she sent off several images of her kitchen, arguably the worst part of the house the six students shared.
However, Cooper had some truly stiff competition from messy students all over the United Kingdom. In fact, there were a whopping 982 entries in total. Then again, considering the prize on offer, it’s probably little wonder so many traditionally cash-strapped students decided to give it a go.
After all, there aren’t many occasions in which you can win £500 ($659) simply for being messy. The competition runners even offered a free window blind as a prize, presumably as the winner could then block people from seeing their filth. Naturally, then, hundreds of people had sent in some truly appalling pictures of their student digs.
One sink, for instance, had been completely clogged with waste and mold, after the washing-up had been left way beyond any reasonable duration. In another house, the mess had spread from the kitchen and into the living area, with bottles, pizza boxes and paper strewn everywhere.
Meanwhile, one living room was so full of clutter that you probably wouldn’t even spot the cat strolling through it at first glance. Still, despite the absolute filth that permeates all the hundreds of entries the competition received, these are just student abodes. And eventually, the hope is that those students will grow out of it and learn to take care of themselves.
Somehow, though – and despite those hundreds of equally disgusting entries – Cooper’s photos took home first prize. Indeed, she was no doubt mightily relieved that she decided to enter after all, as she pocketed both the £500 cash prize and, of course, the window blind, along with the tarnished crown of the U.K.’s filthiest student.
Naturally, her dad decided that he wanted a cut of her winnings, having been the one to suggest she enter in the first place. “My dad is now saying he wants to share the money 50/50 with me,” she told Metro. “But that won’t be happening.”
The real estate student has said that she’s going to clean up her act for her second year of university, however. And she’s planning to use her windfall to do so, putting the cash into jazzing up her new house. Hopefully, then, she’ll keep it a little closer to spotless this time round.
“It was no easy task to pick just one winner from the students’ submissions to our dirtiest digs competition,” Kirsty O’Sullivan, spokesperson for web-blinds.com, told the Daily Express. “In fact, it was tough even looking at some of the pictures.” That’s a sentiment we can surely all agree with at this point.
Indeed, the reaction to the grim pictures online hasn’t been wholly positive – in fact, quite the opposite. Lee-Marie Brough, for instance, wrote, “I would be so ashamed if my home even looked half that bad!” Meanwhile, Joanne Louise Young ridiculed the very premise of the competition. “A prize for living in squalor? Not sure I’m on the right planet,” she baulked.
Others, meanwhile, scoffed at Cooper’s father’s behavior. “Being dirty isn’t something to be proud of,” one wrote. “Typical doting dad indulging her habits instead of telling her to clean up.” And Lyn Lennox drew attention to the rest of their home, saying, “If the kitchen is that filthy, then I’d hate to think of the filth in the bathroom and their bedrooms.”
But while we’re not sure “the country’s filthiest student” is a title to really be proud of, Cooper did get some cash out of it. No doubt her dad will hope she keeps her new place a little tidier in future, though, no matter what kind of bizarre competitions might crop up.