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I don't know about women's bathrooms, but it seems like a very large percent of men are incapable of lifting the toilet seat or flushing. I don't even bother checking gas station restrooms anymore. Since it probably only takes about 5 joules energy, there must be some sort of pyschological explanation. Why don't people just leave the toilets in useable condition?
 
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Thank you! It kills me everytime! And you know those same people who are pissing all over the place and making a mess (and making it stink) complain the next time they go in and the horrible reek of old urine hits their nostrils.
It's not just urine, though. Paper towels, toilet paper and other trash are frequently all over the floor. Half the stalls have feces in them, from some jerk who never flushed (why?). It drives me nuts!!
 
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We need a warning on this thread - don't read while eating your lunch.
I have a theory. The nonflushers could actually be suffering from excessive hygiene syndrome - imagine an extreme paranoidal Felix Unger.
These people are so finicky clean, they don't want to touch any of the equipment, except theirs So they don't touch the flush handle, they don't touch the washbasin tap, and they just walk out. And they put in a request to the building maintenance to install motion detector door openers on the washrooms, so they wouldn't need to touch the door handle either.
What a theory :roll:
 
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Why not flush with your foot?
 
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Originally posted by Nanhesru Ningyake:
So they don't touch the flush handle, they don't touch the washbasin tap, and they just walk out. And they put in a request to the building maintenance to install motion detector door openers on the washrooms, so they wouldn't need to touch the door handle either.


I have my method which solves all these problems. Flush with foot or elbow/arm (as appropriate), get paper towel and use for touching faucet and opening door. Garbage can is often near door anyway, so toss out after opening door. Probably about as germ free as you can get while still washing your hands and keeping things flushed.
Now what bothers me, is in a row of empty urinals, the guy who doesn't obey the "one empty urinal/stall between each person" law (when it's an option). Sheesh... some people. :roll:
 
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I recall reading somewhere that one of the most bacteria covered portions of a public bathroom was the outgoing doorknob! Wash your friggin' hands, you lowlife!!!
 
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This is turning into a Seinfeld episode! Besides all of the above comments, I hate it when you "sit down" to do some business and someone ignores the fact that your trying to relax and finish your business and before you know it, their sitting in the next stall beside you "racing" you to the finish. The next stall is so close that you occassionally touch feet under the partitions. Find your own bathroom buddy, this one's mine!
Don't even get me started on the bathroom etiquette of the person racing me, ever heard of a 'courtesy flush'???
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Just a little advice to peoples travelling accross Canada:
By far the worst set of rest rooms I've ever had to deal with is the set in Ontario, Canada along highway 11 between Nipigon ON, and Kapuskasing ON. Just go in the bush on the side of the road. It's worth the risk of being mauled by a bear.
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Then there's the guy who is in the stall holding a conversation with someone outside of it, or the guy outside the stall who instigates a conversation with someone while they're in the stall obviously pre-occupied. There's just something disturbing about that.
There was a guy in one of the stalls in work one time who was talking to himself (no, it wasn't a cell phone). Now that's just plain freaky.
 
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The worst ever in Canada? Oh, please! Trust me on this, there is no place on earth with worse bathrooms than China. They stink worse than ANYTHING I've ever been to in NYC, and frequently, it is just a long troth that you all squat over (everyone squats next to each other or stands and pees into the troth) with NO doors or walls for stalls.
The worst had to be when I was in the country side and asked to go to the bathroom, and this guy took me out back to a hole in the ground (only about 2 feet deep) and said there you go. My teacher stood nearby as I dumped. Great experience. Of course, that bathroom smelled better than most as it was outside.
Best bathroom? Hmmm, Japan's were probably the cleanest I've been into, although like China, they usually don't have a toilet, instead they squat. But Japan's are clean, in stalls, and the "hole" in the ground is actual a basin that flushes.
 
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I really didn't want to get into this post, but I have to agree on China. I'm thinking that the McDonald's in Hong Kong has to be kinda like in the West, but no - just a hole in the floor you either aim at, or squat over. If you dare look into the void, you find it staring back at you. Literally.
 
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Hmm. Joe, I see you're another one of those bartenders that hides all day in obscure forums. This must be a passionate issue for you .
 
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Better to lurk in forums, than to lurk in public rest rooms!
 
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Gentlemen - I always knew that (some) men could be piggy in the bathroom, but nothing tops this story.
When I was vacationing in Yosemite (very, very overpopulated by tourists - worse than Disneyland), I used a public restroom. As I was "doing my business", I noticed water being splashed on my left foot. I assumed someone was splashing from the sink, while washing their hands. After a moment, I realized that I was in the MIDDLE STALL! The B@#$% in the stall next to me was standing up like a man, and in the process, spraying all over the place.
We left Yosemite that day.
 
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What on earth is a courtesy flush???
 
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Originally posted by <Curious Guest>:
What on earth is a courtesy flush???


Hmmm... how to put this.... It is the act of flushing as soon as you "drop the kids off at the pool", in order to cause the least offense to anybody else who may be in the vicinity.
 
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:

"drop the kids off at the pool"


Or "drop the poo off at the kitsch", if you're in China
Btw, I notice that this thread has only men writing to it. Are the ranch lasses too genteel to join the conversation?
[ August 23, 2002: Message edited by: Nanhesru Ningyake ]
 
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Well, I was vacationing with three fellow coworkers in San Juan(ah, the single life was fun). There was a water shortage so all water was cut off throughout the city. It turns out that all four of us ate something that we shouldn't have, so the search for a clean bathroom was on.
We covered most of the city and found that every public toilet was overflowing with kaka, and oh my God, the smell!
Our stomachs were burning and time was running short!!
With only precious minutes to spare, we finally found a one-seater in a hotel that had not been filled to the rim.
The four of us had to decide the batting order, and believe me this little exercise brought us together more than any teambuilding exercise Corporate America could offer.
I still have the utmost admiration for the guy who went last. Talk about taking one for the team!!
 
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Btw, I notice that this thread has only men writing to it. Are the ranch lasses too genteel to join the conversation?
Well, lasses tend to avoid using men's restrooms. And now I have better understanding of origins of this rule
However, I personally knew a female who had never flushed the toilet. She was a part of my family, and we had to perform flushing every time she did her business -- we had to walk into bathroom and push damn knob. This was especially irritating because otherwise she was an extremely intelligent creature, normally her types do not use toilet at all. She learned how to use it quickly, just flushing.... Our cat.
 
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Well Map, we were discussing public toilets, and not just men's I was hoping for a shocking expos´┐Ż of what goes on inside women's washrooms
Btw, when your cat learns to flush, record it and enter the World's Most Amazing Animal Videos contest
Public toilets in many places in rural India, is, well, usually out in the public - like by the lake, or in the woods. In fact, in my village, "am going to the lake" is an euphemism for you know what
In my recent vacation in India, we were at a remote place where the rather dense woods were our only option... and I bravely ventured in there. Unfortunately, the place I chose was the local hangout for mosquitoes... I realized that a little too late. My cheeks had turned red after I emerged from the ordeal (I'm not talking about my face here )
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Lots of talking goes on in Womens restrooms .
Along with lots of make-up applying and strap straightening .
 
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Btw, I notice that this thread has only men writing to it. Are the ranch lasses too genteel to join the conversation?
re-read my post above - apparently I didn't make it clear - I am female - this occurred in a women's bathroom.
Yucky.
-g.e.m.
 
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>re-read my post above
Ah, now I see it. I didn't realize what "B@#$%" was. Damn, she must have really pissed you off. I think it's penis-envy, this tendency of women wanting to "stand". Atleast they should use that funnel-like device that was in the news some time back. What was it called? (Here are my suggested names for it: Peepal, Peedom, Peetopia ).
 
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