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What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Posted on: June 23, 2008 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Yes, I am a Family Guy fan, hence the title "What Grinds My Gears".  Today I am focusing on Public Restrooms.  I just need to vent a bit here and I'm sure you guys will have something to add....

First of all, who the hell came up with the automatic flusher?  I can't believe some of my tax dollars pay for these things.  If you are a squatter because you don't like to sit on the germ-infested toilet, then sometime, in a public restroom somewhere, you have probably been mid-squat when the very sophisticated sensor detected movement and automatically flushed the toilet.  At this point, fear sets in and you either close your eyes and pray that the toilet water doesn't splash you, or you try to move away from the splash and end up peeing on yourself in the process.  Of course, when you have to pooh, the thing NEVER works even when you want it to - you have to practically run out of there with your head down because you don't want the next person to see the face of the person that left them a prize!  You can't win.  What was wrong with the old style flushers.  I guess if you can't balance on one foot and step on flusher, you might appreciate the automatic flusher, but certainly there are other options for one-step-flusher-challenged folks.

Second, if you are not a squatter, then you perhaps you put down half a roll of toilet paper on the seat before sitting and as soon as you turn around to pull your pants down, the toilet flushes and either pulls the paper down with it or splashes on the seat, gets the paper wet and you are forced to start all over.  This happened to me 3 times the other day.  You try to move away from the toilet and lay the paper down with outstretched arms so that you don't set off the sensor.  Of course, the other option is to use those sheets they have in the stalls now  to cover the toilet?  They are so thin I am not convinced that they really protect you from the germs....and they never seem to rip in the right place!  The way they are packaged, there is no reason to perforate them in the first place - you should just be able to pull out a sheet with the hole already cut out...wtf??

Third, if you sit on the seat without putting something between your bum and the seat, then I'm sorry but you deserved to get splashed!!

Speaking of germs....I am one of those people that will take a couple of paper towels before I wash my hands and use them to turn the faucet on and off and to open the door when I leave. What's the point of washing your hands if you are just going to press down on the dirty lever to get a paper towel afterwards?  Sure, you can try to push the lever down with your elbow but then you usually get water all down your arms and sleeves because they install them so damn high up on the wall.  I'm vertically challenged as it is!  Oh, and if they only have air dryers, I will just use toilet paper to dry my hands - what else are you going to open the door with in that case?  Most of the toilet paper in public restrooms is about as hard as a paper towel anyway.  Either that or it's so thin and flimsy you pull on it and get one square at a time.  (From the words of Elaine on Seinfeld, can't you just spare a square???)  How about those toilet paper holders that always get caught and you have to stick your hand up there to turn the roll manually.  OMG, my blood pressure is rising just thinking about it.

That said, I have a true appreciation for the restrooms that have a trash can (WITHOUT A LID) next to the door so you have somewhere to throw the paper towel (or toilet paper) after you open it.  Those responsible for public restrooms who don't think about those things, deserve to have paper towels strewn all over the place.  I bet all of you have tried to make a two-pointer from the door... if you miss, you are not going back for another try!  If the trash can has a lid, it's just a free-for-all. I have even left the paper towel in the door handle....what? I'm thinking of the next guy!!  My hands are clean at that point!!

Notice I didn't even get into the disgusting habits of the patrons of public restrooms, but you guys can go for it.....what grinds your gears?? 

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Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2008 11:14 pm
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Dirty public restroom door handles, a very common complaint.  Why not open the door with your foot instead of using your hand?  There is a new device out there that will allow just that.  It's called "StepNpull".   Check out the website  




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2008 5:49 am
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Ha! You reminded me of the Tom Green show....did you ever see it?  He used to hide in the bathroom at the airport and run down people that didn't wash their hands and embarrass them in public.  Hilarious!!


Hmm... never seen it.  But that's the least those bastards deserve!




Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2008 3:06 pm
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Retro-

Ha! You reminded me of the Tom Green show....did you ever see it?  He used to hide in the bathroom at the airport and run down people that didn't wash their hands and embarrass them in public.  Hilarious!!




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2008 6:03 am
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

I almost completely lose it when people don't wash their hands.  I really should say something, but I just hold it in and it just festers until I think of something else.  I hate public restrooms.  I will ONLY go number two in one if I absolutely can't hold it.  I will ALWAYS wipe down the seat with paper towels soaked in soap and hot water before I sit.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 4:49 pm
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Jelly-

I can't believe I forgot about the 3-5 second faucet!!  OMG that definitely grinds my gears too.  I always put a paper towel on it and hold it w/ one hand while I wash the other then switch.  You are right....who figured out the timer on that?  I think it might have been a child - have you ever seen a child wash their hands?  When they actually wash, they run their hands under the faucet for a couple of seconds and they are done. 

Anyway, thanks for the comments!  :)




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 4:23 pm
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

I just rememered one guy that had the courage, if you want to call it that, to go into the bathroom and stall in his bear feet.  Yes, I like to travel and even drive barefoot on a long trip, but umm, I do put on sandles or something before going into those disgusting bathroom.  Apparently, not everyone does. 



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 4:21 pm
 

What Grinds My Gears.....Public Restrooms

Same thing fly girl.  I can relate.

We just got back from vacation, and had plenty of the rest area bathrooms to deal with.  My suggestion, is just dry the seat with toilet paper and put more paper or towels on the ground around the toilet so your pants or whatever doesn't get urine on them.  I figure is you stay dry, a germ can't transmit anyway.

My peve are the sinks.  We are all taught to wash with soap and hot water thoroughly.  Most rest area sinks have a hot and cold, but you push down the hot or cold for maybe four or five seconds of water; barely enough time to run your hands together.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.....etc.  Even worse is when you must hold the handle down or to the side for the water to stay on so your other hand can try to wash itself. It is not possible to run your hands together over running water.  What's up with that?  Isn't that how you wash your hands.  What idiot came up with that idea?  I hope he didn't get a raise for conserving water!  That is the only benefit I can think of to this stupid design. 

I'm not a hand dryer fan either.  Give me a good paper towel anyday.  Although they are obnoxously loud, I do like the high powered hot air dryers that dry your hands in about 8 - 10 seconds.  They actually make the skin squirm on your hand.  Kind of cool, although not much good for the face.

These restrooms are our state governments in action.  You don' see these types of sinks and electric dryers only in most private restrooms, although the electronic flusher is here to stay public and private I'm afraid.

 



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