Girlfriend marks territory by leaving hair bobbles around boyfriend's flat

A MAN’S new girlfriend is asserting her presences and scaring away rivals by leaving hair ties in every room of his home.

Charlotte Phelps, aged 29, began to lay down markers with thin bits of elastic, then swiftly followed this with bobby pins, and later added two-thirds of the hair section from Claire’s Accessories.

She said: “It’s hardwired biologically. Humans are territorial animals, which is why you never see the same people in McDonalds and The Ivy, even though they’re on the same street.

“So to stake my claim as his mate I’m layering his dwelling with bobbles, scrunchies, and indeed long strands of my hair. These will trigger a fight-or-flight response in other women of breeding age, not that I’m thinking about kids because I’m not.

“The next step is to aggressively spray my perfume everywhere as a scent marker other females will pick up on. This also extends to buying him candles which no single man would ever own.

“It’s basically the human equivalent of baring your teeth, pissing in a circle, and waggling your genitals. Can’t argue with science.”

Boyfriend Oliver said: “It’s pretty normal to want to territorially tag your significant other. I took an outrageous dump at her place. That’ll warn suitors away from 60 feet.”

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