Last weekend my husband and I went to dinner and a movie. After he selected our perfectly centered seats, I proceeded to the ladies room. After playing Goldilocks until I found a proper stall with a working lock, and flowing toilet paper, I couldn't believe what lay ahead.
Though there were four sinks, there were only two soap dispensers lined up on each end. The soap dispenser on the left was empty, so I waited until the other one was free. While I was putting on my lipstick, I couldn't help but notice that women were continuing to use the empty dispenser on the left.
I couldn't believe my eyes as several different women of all ages were pretending to wash their hands with soap. During this time, I was rummaging through my purse looking for my makeup mirror, so as not to attract attention. I had to bite my tongue not to scream out, "There's soap in the other dispenser just a few steps away you idiots!" Finally, one woman actually walked over to the other end and soaped up like a surgeon.
I wanted to hug her and tell her about all of the other lazy unhygienic women. Though she was probably in her seventies, we were kindred spirits in cleanliness. I had so much I wanted to ask her, and I thought we could talk for hours about our cleaning rituals. Sadly, she left and I don't know if I will ever see those sparkling clean hands again.
This made me think of a conversation I had a few weeks earlier with my childhood friend. We both had coughs and colds around the same time. I don't know where I caught mine, but her husband coughed on her and she was sick for a month; while he recovered the next day. My cough lasted about a few weeks, and I was worried that my husband would get sick. Fortunately, he was fine.
Thereafter, I surmised that our husbands' immune systems were stronger, because they grew up in normal households that had healthy amounts of dirt in them. Whereas, my friend and I both grew up in homes where you could eat off of the floors.
We both strived to make our homes as clean as the environments we were raised in, and coincidentally we each have children that either have horrible allergies or asthma. Maybe the women who didn't wash their hands with soap will live to be one hundred. I'm just glad that I didn't have to share my popcorn with them.
That is disgusting! You don't want to know how many men don't even bother.ReplyDelete
I grew up in a clean household and am a compulsive hand washer - but I beat the odds, because I'm almost never sick.
That's great Alex, because you don't have time to be sick! We need you too much! Thanks for giving us a man's perspective. I'll have to show this to my boys!Delete
All I can say is ick!!! Not even any hand sanitizer?????ReplyDelete
Just a quick rinse after a pretend swipe and out the door! Thanks Delores!Delete
Think of the disgusting muck the people in medieval times lived in. So gross.ReplyDelete
They do suspect that too much of an antibacterial effort on our part is weakening our bodies natural defenses to fight off the germs. Don't think I want to go back to medieval conditions, though, to toughen it back up. :P
I have to admit to washing my hands a few too many times and I hate using public toilets. If only there was another way!ReplyDelete
I have a horse in both races. My house is uncluttered, but far from clean. My dogs are in and out many times every day dragging in who knows what in their paws and fur. Ten minutes after I vacuum, the floor looks like it hasn't been touched in a month.ReplyDelete
I am, however, almost a compulsive handwasher. I go through soap like I owned stock in the company.
All I can say is that most public toilets, including those in theatres, aren't a place for the faint hearted. How I wish they'd pay the cleaners a bit more to keep them well stocked and clean!ReplyDelete
I hate the public restroom, using it while trying not to touch anything other than the necessary and getting out the door after washing without touching it, yeah, an exercise in the futile.ReplyDelete
Today on one of the stations they did a piece about how most germs are actually good because they help to build the immune system. Thank god, I have two boys, well three with hubby.
I have a Boston terrier, and, well, after she comes in from using the outside, I wipe her butt. Have since she was a puppy and when she walks in the door she goes straight to the bathroom. Now if I could just get her to wear sneakers and take them off on the rug inside the door. :)
L.G. - I probably wouldn't have survived long in medieval times. You're right too much antibacterial soap is supposed to do more harm than good. Regular soap is still supposed to be the best, but that could all change tomorrow. Thanks L.G.!ReplyDelete
Rosalind - I avoided them for so long, but now I have no choice. I knew a woman who traveled with a porta- potty in her car, so her kids wouldn't be late for all of their activities. You may want to make sure you have tinted windows should you decide to try it! Thanks Rosalind!
Carol - There isn't much you can do for shedding. I'm sure your house is still very clean. I was just trying to show some extreme examples, and how it's probably better to be somewhere in the middle. Keep on washing those hands with soap, and be sure to apply hand cream afterward! Thanks Carol!
Sue - I couldn't agree more! Thanks Sue!
That is funny. We have one person in our office who never washes her hands. Kind of grosses me out. I keep hand sanitizer in my purse just in case there is no soap in the dispensers!ReplyDelete
Yolanda - I love that your dog is smart enough to go right into the bathroom to freshen up when she comes home! Sounds like you really have your hands full with her and the boys. Maybe you could design your own doggie sneakers. They have horse shoes don't they?! Thanks Yolanda!ReplyDelete
Judy - Sorry about your inconsiderate co-worker. Too bad you can't include that rule in the office handbook! It's good that you always have sanitizer as a back -up, but try not to use it too often. Thanks Judy!
Wow. I can't believe people aren't soaping up their hands. It makes me wonder about the food I eat in restaurants. How many are prepared by those who aren't washing their hands. You've given me nightmares now.ReplyDelete
I hope you brought your rubber gloves to open up the door out of the ladies room. Have you ever thought of those seats you sit on and put your hands down on in the theater? The thought is icky, isn't it.ReplyDelete
I had 4 kids and worked in a nursery school for 9 years. There isn't a germ out there that I haven' t met.
Ewwwww!!!! And I'm reading Michael's comment above me and am even more disturbed...ReplyDelete
I do think that families who are overly clean are sick more often but I still would have sought out the soap.ReplyDelete
Michael - I worry more about what will happen if I send my food back instead! Try not to worry and sleep well. Thanks Michael!ReplyDelete
Arleen - I wear mittens all year long just in case. I also carry a plastic slipcover that fits perfectly over the stadium theater loveseats . Doesn't everyone do these things? Glad you are fearless when it comes to germs! Thanks Arleen!
Morgan - We all just have to do the best we can, and try not to worry too much. Remember some germs are good for building up our resistance. Thanks Morgan!
Heather - I agree that you can't go wrong with good old fashioned soap! Thanks Heather!
Hi, Julie. I hate having to use public toilets, but at times it can't be avoided. I hate going into a bathroom in the grocery store and see someone walk out without washing their hands. Makes me cringe. All I can think of is that that person will have probably touched something I want to buy.ReplyDelete
Julie: Public bathrooms are not fun for me. They are usually too small and there is almost always a line. I am not a neat or cleanliness freak, but washing hands does matter to me. I do it for myself.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the disturbing read: Yvonne
Susanne - It doesn't make sense why many people won't take the time to properly wash their hands. Employees in restaurants and grocery stores should be reported. As for the customers, we just have to try to stay away from them, and wash our fruits and vegetables really well. Thanks Susanne!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - Sorry for disturbing you, but I was just surprised to see several women being so careless especially during flu season. Thanks Yvonne!
Somehow I don't feel so bad anymore about pretending to pee at the urinal after my bladder clams up whenever there's a crowd.ReplyDelete
I even shake.
Before I wash my hands.
As long as you shake your own, it's okay! Thanks Al!Delete
I meant with the guy next to me.Delete
I think exchanging high fives would be too intimate.
Did you mean my...oh my gosh. You did!
Sorry I didn't see this sooner! Great comeback Al!Delete
I am constantly disgusted by the number of woman who blatantly don't wash their hands after the loo! Major yuck.ReplyDelete
Oops - women!ReplyDelete
haha great piece---i am always surprised to see who doesn't wash their hands too----and although you may have a point about them living longer---i too would be very careful who i share my pop-corn with :)ReplyDelete
The worst, I mean the very worst, experience I can remember having with a public restroom happened at a restaurant in Maryland. We'd been fishing all day, so our hands were pretty gross and disgusting. Naturally, before we even placed our order, we went to the restrooms to wash up. Huh! There wasn't a speck of soap to be found in either one. Sp my father spoke to the owner. Would you believe, there wasn't even a lousy bar of soap in the kitchen?! I mean, YUK! Needless to say, we left and never went back there again.ReplyDelete
Talli - Wait until after your baby is born. You will be even more conscientious about everyone who comes into contact with Little TR! Thanks Talli!ReplyDelete
Lynn - If you're as addicted to popcorn as I am, you might consider getting your own bag! Thanks Lynn!
Susan - That is gross and pretty frightening too! Glad your dad dragged you out of there! This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry sees the chef walk out of the bathroom without washing his hands! Thanks Susan! Julie
Hi Julie .. yup people's habits are not very nice! I try not to think about them/it ...ReplyDelete
I certainly am healthy from having an outdoors life as a kid - being as clean as sensible, but not worrying too much - my mother too ...
I do think now-a-days ... as people are not nearly as considerate as they used to be - cheers Hilary
I read somewhere that one of the places where most germs can be found, is the flushing mechanism in a public loo... eeeew...ReplyDelete
I avoid holding on to the rail on the escalator in malls... imagine what unmentionables are lurking there?? *double eeeeew*
Hilary - You definitely have the right attitude! It sounds like you were raised right! Thanks Hilary!ReplyDelete
Michelle - We just have to hope for the best, and try not to worry too much! Thanks Michelle!
ugh. hate when that happens. and yes, I'm glad you didn't share popcorn with them either. :DReplyDelete
I wasn't even raised right. Still, I wash with soap and use hand sanitizer.ReplyDelete
Public bathrooms gross me out. I can't even touch the door handle without paper towels. And I want to vomit when I see people leave without washing up. But, having said that, I believe germs are good. They make us stronger and more resilient to those bugs all too willing to kill us.ReplyDelete
Robyn - Your parents must've done something right to have such a wonderful daughter. I knew you wouldn't let me down! Thanks Robyn!
Nancy - Now that your son is away at school he will be even more exposed to all kinds of germs, and he'll survive like we did. Thanks Nancy!
I know it's good to be more exposed to germs.... but in a public restroom? I don't think so! Those other ladies are the reason I don't dare touch that handle to open the bathroom door when I leave.ReplyDelete
It's always a problem when they don't have paper towels. Sometimes I just open the door with my pinky and hope for the best! Thanks for following me Peggy! JulieDelete
That is so disgusting, yet so many people do it! I can't stand to see someone just turn on the water and run their hands under it for about 10 seconds, without even trying the soap! Ugh!ReplyDelete
Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)ReplyDelete
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