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Nightmare of the Public Washroom in the 21st Century

Updated on December 22, 2012

Today's Washroom

The public washroom has changed and evolved over time. It is no longer a simple task of relieving oneself and a quick wash and dry of the hands.

It has become a puzzle; the challenge is "how on earth does everything work?"

It’s just a tap, but how does it work?

I don’t know about you, but I stand and look at the tap first for clues. Slowing turning my head to the left and right, just acting naturally and quietly observing how others are tackling it.

If they press the tap ‘down’ and nothing happens - it’s not a push down.

If they are trying to turn it without a result, avoid that option.

If they suddenly shriek and everyone’s soaked, it’s definitely the "hands under, sensor type".

Don't even get me started on hand driers..

We have all been complaining about the hand air dryers in public washrooms for a long time now, they make a lot of noise, but don’t seem to do any drying - in fact they are just a lot of hot air!

Well I don’t think that was justification for the revenge of the manufacturers with this "Monster".

The Monster

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Just one word sums it up: "Terrifying!"

I would rather leave the washroom with wet hands and do the usual drying on my scarf or jacket trick, than put my hands in this monster.

"They" are determined that we use this thing, look around the washroom, everything has been removed, there is absolutely nothing left that you could possibly use to dry yourself.


Ok so you’re going for it?

That’s good. Follow these easy instructions and you will be just fine….

Take a deep breath, fingers pointing downwards carefully lower into the jaws of the ‘Monster’

Recite the following:

"I am not putting my hands into a shredder

I am not putting my hands into a toaster

My hands will still have fingers attached

They will not be toast!"


Just a thought, if you needed a little freshening up and had splashed some nice cooling water on your face……

The mystery tap puzzle is a doddle and the "Monster" hand dryer a lamb compared to the new so called Super State of the Art Washrooms.

Instantly recognisable by being empty, they appear to be devoid of all the necessary items we associate with a bathroom......i.e. no sink and no taps!

Triple Trouble

You may find these instructions useful


Approach with caution

Give it a wide berth

This ‘Bad Boy’ demands respect.

Take your sheet of instructions and stick them above the buttons.

Don’t be afraid and confront it full on

Make yourself as big as possible

This ensures a 1 to 1 experience

People queuing behind tend to get impatient

And will try to get to your buttons

You need all of this Bad Boy’s attention

Use your elbows if necessary

You don’t need someone invading your space

For a smattering of soap

Or air

That’s your air

Mind where you stand

If you have boots with you

Now is the time to put them on

Check the floor

It will be slippy with soap

Or wet with puddles

Ignore the queue forming behind you

Press button ‘Soap’

Hands in and lather

Hands out

This is when the soap drips on the floor

Press button ‘Water’

Hands in

Wash off soap

Hands out

Dripping, puddles on floor

Press button ‘Air’

Hands in

Wait, wait, seconds ticking away……

Hands still wet?

Think dignity

Remove your instructions

Walk away holding your head high

But mind you don’t slip on the soapy wet floor

Finally

Dry hands on your scarf.



The whole ‘Nightmare’ experience of the modern public washroom is probably best avoided.

My best advice to avoid high stress levels, frustration and embarrasment, is to avoid all liquid consumption for 2 hours before leaving home!

Take care out there.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      hahaha Hello and good morning,

      Very good hub..yes it gets more confusing as the years go by with all the new gadgets..we go through all that just to touch a door knob as we go out or collect money in hand and contamiate our hands all over again..maybe we should just wear gloves..hahaha

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good Morning to you Sunnie, your comments are so funny!

      I always think that about the door knob, I hate touching it, you can almost see those germs crawling all over it...ugh!

      Gloves, yes I like that idea!

      Take care and hugs back.

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      There is nothing more scary than a public dunny as we Aussies say. At least you don't get attacked by millions of flies, or gigantic spiders. More frequent visits are the inevitabe consequences of aging too, so it's gonna get a whole lot worse. Progress! My left foot. Thanks for this chain reaction.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I am afraid of the Monster, too! Whenever I use it I wait for my flesh to go flying off in shreds. It is just so powerful. Yes, it dries my hands in seconds, but at the same time, I like not having nightmares about losing all of my skin in the process.

      Great hub and voted up!

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      Terishere 5 years ago

      Haha I loved this hub! I have used many public restrooms and I know exactly what you are talking about!

      I voted up and funny!

      Terri

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi attemptedhumour, sounds like your dunny is even more scary than our washrooms!

      The thought of more frequent visits isn't a pretty one!

      If I happen to visit a washroom these days without my glasses, it's even more challenging trying to work out how everything works!

      Many thanks for your visit and great comments, take care!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeannie, aaah you have experienced the scary jaws of the monster!!

      I agree it feels as though you are putting your hands in a shredder!!

      Thank you so much for your visit, brilliant comments and the vote.

      Take care and have a great day!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Teri, the washrooms these days just have me baffled with all these new gadgets, I'm not the only one to find them intimidating then?!

      Many thanks for dropping by, your comments and the vote, I really appreciate it, take care.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have to be desperate to even enter a public restroom then rush like a madwoman to escape. Give me a good old paper towel to dry on and another to open the door with. Then I can escape to the dubious freedom of the store and bathe in Germ-X!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Movie Master. This should be turned into a short video. It describes the frustrations of our gadget filled lives so well. Great Hub, thanks for the smiles.

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Hi MM. Excellent article and observations. The problem here is: totally inadequate market research. I suspect the designers/manufacturers only considered who they are selling the product to: institutions and public facilities. The end user is not factored into the purchase. Big mistake.

      Although some products are good ideas, a manufacturer introducing a product that is conceptually different than what is traditionally expected, has the extra problem of changing the mindset of the user. This takes some time. These products would be much more acceptable, if a lot more ergonomic thought were put into them, and more market research with various focus groups, with real people and their expectations in mind.

      Hey..I like the short video idea, mckbirdbks.

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      FreelanceFever 5 years ago from London, England, UK

      :) really funny & definitely agree - its quite an experience now stepping foot into the loo.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi moviemaster - another awesome hub and hilarious but factual.LMAO!! I hate modern washrooms with all the steel gadgets and no instructions. I'm like you I much prefer the older style with soap, taps that turn and hand towels to dry your hands on. If I need to go to the loo I always take pocket tissues with me, because, you are right, the hand dryers doing everything but dry your hands!

      I also hate those mobile loos that you get - have you seen them in city centres? They look like Dr. Who's tardis and have sliding or revolving doors. I have never seen inside one and I have no intentions of either. I've seen the look on some folk's faces when they finally escape from these metal Pee Pods and I don't want to suffer the same fate!

      I loved this hub - in short hilarious and brilliant!!

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      writer20 5 years ago

      Everyone whats the panic about with hand dryers, just put your hands together with your elbows sticking out and rub them together to get them dry.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, You have so made me laugh!!!

      You got me thinking - it could be a nice little 'earner' standing outside a washroom selling paper towells and Germ-X!

      Take care and many thanks for visiting.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, Maybe I could make some money from HubPages after all!

      Hyphenbird has inspired me to sell paper towells and Germ-X and now you have got me thinking about producing a washroom movie!!!

      Glad you enjoyed it and many thanks for visiting.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi MM,

      I'm always waving in the washrooms these days - waving at the toilet, waving at the soap, waving at the tap, and waving at the hand towel dispenser...

      What really bugs me is when the toilet flushes while I'm still sitting down!!! And they call this "modern technology"???

      Loved the hub

      Cloverleaf.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Timorous, how many times do we hear 'due to customer feedback' we are going to make these improvements...

      Customer feedback - I don't think so! 'they' aren't listening, well they certainly aren't listening to me!

      But I'm glad you are timorous, thank you for visiting and your great comments, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Freelance Fever, it's nice to meet you, I just checked out your profile as I see you mentioned 'loo' I guessed you were from the UK!

      Yep, the loo experience is one I try and avoid if at all possible!!

      Thank you for your comments, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi seeker7, Oh those tardis mobile loos are just the most claustrophobic things ever!

      Just between you and me, I don't like locking the door, I have only used these once, now not locking the door when the loo is in a busy street wasn't a good idea and not one I would recommend!!!

      Thanks for bringing back that memory....

      And many thanks for your comments, I really appreciate your visit, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi writer20, you make it sound so easy!

      I like paper towells, you know where you are with paper towells!!!

      Many thanks for dropping by, it's always good to see you and take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf, I am laughing so much!

      Is all this waving after you have been drinking or what??

      Aaah, I understand now, waving to make all the sensor gadgets to work!

      Now I agree the flushing loo while you are still sitting there, is not a pleasant experience!

      Your are so funny, now just you take care out there x

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      Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

      Movie Master, Great hub! It was interesting seeing the Super contraption, I have not met one of these bad boys in the states yet. I've gotten used to the sensor ones though - its actually kind of funny - we have them at work - I've caught myself in other public restrooms going up to the sink holding out my hand for soap and one for water and wondering why it wasn't working. Only to look down and realize, it was a "do it yourself" sink. Then I would glance to see if anyone had seen me...you know there always was!

      Voted your hub up, funny, awesome, useful and interesting - i think that's the most clicks I've ever given (and on a bathroom article, go figure)

      Have a great day!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember my first encounter with IR sensing fixtures. I finally watched someone and the light came on.

      I actually like them because there's nothing filthier than public facilities, and with sensors, you don't have to touch flush handles, faucet handles, or even push the dryer button. Most also use baffle walls so there no longer a door and filthy door handles from those who don't bother to wash their hands after using the toilet.

      Funny and interesting Hub.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      yes don't you feel an idiot when you're stood there trying to figure out what to do and there is ALWAYS someone watching.

      I once spent 5 minutes looking for a button to flush only to find it on the floor to press with your foot.

      What worries me most are those with the automatic doors, enter at your own risk and be prepared to be entombed forever. And pray they don't open while you're sat there.

      Voted up all the way, I even through in beautiful for the images.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Movie Master, I thought I was the only one...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa I can relate. The first time i used a sensing faucet, i had no clue, the same for the dryer. I'm thrilled when i see some still have the good ole ones, and paper towels. Really cute story. Thank's....

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      mondkill 5 years ago

      Hi and good morning Movie Master...

      This is really funny, I like your hub and I know what exactly you mean...

      I remember when I first saw the hand drier, I don't know how to use it and when I put my hands under the hand drier, it’s scared me and I laugh hysterically. hahaha... That's when I was 14 years old.

      Vote up! Vote up!

      Vote up! Vote up!

      Vote up! Vote up!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I had to Laugh at the Faucet...I could never figure it out...and I detest those LOUD dryers.This is really a very Funny, Hub, Movie Master and I Loved the Poem of Instructions...Very Clever indeed girlfriend, Voted up!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I've used that super hand dryer before. They feel kind of weird but they are strange.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Movie Master

      I remember the first time I used the monster hand dryer.

      I was with my mom at the time. I asked her where the dryer was and she pointed to the Dyson Airblade. Even the name is scary.

      Too make a long story short, she showed me how to use it. I have no problem with using it anymore.

      There are turbo dryers that are so strong that the skin on your hands moves.

      Voted up awesome and funny.

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      seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

      I'm a bit scared of that hand-drying monster too. It felt like I was placing my hands inside a shredder. It gave me the creeps! I tried my best to use that monster as fast as I could. Haha. Nice hub!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for such a funny hub! Your experiences are similar to mine in public washrooms - puzzling taps, hand driers that don't dry, and the frightening "monster". The only device that I haven't encountered yet is the "Bad Boy". I hope I never meet this strange object!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Erin, I know just what you mean, these sensor gadgets are a big improvement in the washroom, but there are still some 'do it yourself' dispensers and taps, It all takes some working out!

      If I happen to go to the washroom without my glasses, I can be standing there for ages completely confused!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, have a great day!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Will, the sensor gadgets are a great improvement in the washroom, now if they could make getting out of the washroom a little more hygenic - that would be progress!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your great comments, take care out there!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, the modern washroom is certainly a place of mystery!

      Those locks on the doors are probably the biggest worry, I am always so relieved to be able to get out, I'm a nervous wreck, but free!

      Thank you so much for your great comments and the vote.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello molly, it seems we are not alone in our terror!!!

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting, best wishes and take care out there.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, it sounds as though the good old paper towells are a thing of the past now...

      I think these sensor gadgets are a lot more hygenic, scary but hygenic!!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good Morning Mondkill, it's good to see you and your comments made me laugh!!

      Thank you for visiting and voting up, it's much appreciated!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, the 'triple trouble' is just the craziest thing I have ever come across, when I first saw it I looked around for something else to use and there was nothing!!! I just didn't want to press those 'buttons'

      In fact when I got out, I just wanted to go and have a 'proper' wash somewhere!!

      Many thanks for your great comments, I always enjoy your company!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Danette, it took me a while to pluck up the courage to use the 'monster' I kept coming out of the washroom with wet hands!

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, take care.

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      ;-)) I have to admit that I love the nuclear-powered hand dryer and all the other touch-free gadgets. The fewer things I need to touch in a public restroom, the better.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, I agree the name 'blade' is scary for the 'monster' dryer, it definitely does the job, but it just reminds me of a 'shredder'!!

      Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi seriousnuts, it's good to see you, aaah I am not the only one that is thinking 'shredder' it's like something out of a horror story!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your great comment, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, The 'Bad Boy' is strange indeed, I hope you don't ever come across him, but keep your instructions about your person, just in case you do!

      Thank you for visiting and your brilliant comments, they are very much appreciated.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi iZeko, yes these sensor gadgets are a big improvement to the washroom, as you say the less you have to touch in there the better!

      Now if they can just do something about the door handle for getting out, that will be good!

      Thank you for your visit and comments, take care and have a great day!

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      "Quill Again" 5 years ago

      Love this... smiles... a reminder to take care of things before you leave home... Very well done.

      Hugs

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Quill Again, sound advice - public washrooms are best avoided!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care out there!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Very funny hub and it also feels familiar to stand there and wonder how it all works:)) I wouldn't want to try the "monster" and luckily I haven't seen one either! That must feel so weird:)) Better let the hands slowly dry naturally....

      I really enjoyed this hub!

      Tina

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tina, it's nice to know I am not the only person to stand in the washroom completely bewildered:-)

      The 'monster' is scary and it took me quite a long time to pluck up the courage to put my hands in it!

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, many thanks for visiting and your comments, it's much appreciated, enjoy your day.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I love this article- Wonderful entry in your 21st century series. I hate public bathrooms.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Flora, I agree public bathrooms are best avoided!

      Thank you for visiting and I'm delighted you are enjoying my light hearted look at the 21st Century!

      Take care.

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Hahaha, this was so awesome and completely true. Sometimes it is embarrassing when you go into a public loo and have no idea how to operate the taps.

      I remember when I went to the Emirates, each public loo was different from the other. So some would flush when you stand up, with hand sensor, a push up, a push down, a side touch.

      Then I came across the ultimate one! Now after doing my business, I frantically searched the entire cubicle for any sign of a flush, now I am a hygiene freak, when I leave the washroom, it is possibly cleaner than when I enter, so you can imagine the nervous breakdown I had in the toilet when even after 15 minutes I did NOT even KNOW where the hell the flush was.

      Finally, I told myself that I could not miss my flight, in an attempt to avoid the embarrassment of not flushing so I opened the door to the loo and heard the magical sound of a flush.

      Apparently the flush was attached to the opening of the door, it would activate automatically when any one would leave the loo.

      Those were 15 minutes of my life down the drain LITERALLY! :P

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Qudsia, your comments had me in fits of laughter, I could relate to all you said!

      The whole experience can be very embarrasing and stressful.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your nerve racking experiences:-) Take care.

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Funny! On a recent roadtrip through Kansas I noticed several disturbing pieces of equipment in the restrooms. One "hand dryer" felt like it was going to blow the skin off my hands. Terrifying! ;) Great hub! Voted up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello LABrashear, I think I have experienced this hand dryer, quite terrifying and you still end up with wet hands!

      Many thanks for dropping by, your great comments and vote take care and enjoy your day:-)

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I know just what you are talking about. It seems that they are always putting in new contraptions. The only thing is - they forget to include the instructions. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, it's a mystery to me how all this new stuff works and if I haven't got my glasses with me, I don't stand a chance:-)

      Many thanks for reading and your comments, best wishes and have a great day!

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      I had to laugh at the dryer that looked like a monster - I have yet to see one of those and yikes - I wouldn't want to put my hands in there either. Some restrooms are an adventure in technology and not necessarily more efficient or less germy :) thanks for the great hub :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Christin, it took me a while to pluck up the courage to use the monster dryer, it just looks too much like a shredder!!

      You have described the restrooms perfectly:-)

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care and enjoy your day.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, lol! yes my hands have been shredded! mind you, it fasinates me the way the skin sort of flaps about while its being dried, a bit like flying at light speed! ha ha I have a funny story about those silly taps, my friend, male, went into the loos to wash his hands, he was ages, eventually we knocked on the door, it was in a pub, and he came out really laughing his head off! when we asked what? he said, everytime I put my hands under the tap, the one to the right of me keeps going on, so I go to that one, and yep it did it again! in other words, it was like a comedy! ha ha great hub! and yes I hate those mechanical dryer washer thingys too! forgot to say, I always do a 'ballet' when in public loos, especially the ones with the had wash right next to the loo in a private cubicle. I pee, then stand and wash, what ever you do never flush while standing next to it, did you know that the sprinkles go up to six foot in the air? yep, you will get smothered! anyway, wash hands get toilet paper, start to open door with paper, not touching anything especially door knobs, kick foot in the air and aim for the flush button! karate kid would be so proud! ha ha

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, thank you for sharing your experiences in the public washroom, so funny - six foot in the air, amazing!!

      Thanks for visiting and your great comment, really made me laugh, take care and enjoy your weekend!

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      Jen 5 years ago from Couch

      This is hilarious!! I loved this entire hub. I'm so glad you posted this it just made my entire day. Voted up useful/awesome/interesting/funny!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jenifer, I'm glad you enjoyed this, it was a fun one to write!!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, it's much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      Abby Lysach 5 years ago from Singapore

      hahaha... what a perfect ending --> "Dry hands on your scarf."... LOL

      I really enjoyed this hub!

      Thanks MM, for sharing this hub... :-)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Abby, no matter how long I spend at the drier, my hands are always still wet!

      Glad you enjoyed readng, many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      MovieMaster: Your courage in tackling this convoluted and sometimes crowded and malodorous contraption is commendable. Your observations are hilarious, as are the illustrations.

      Thank you for sharing your inimitable wit and words, voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Derdriu, well I have to say it does take a lot of courage and it's taken a while....

      Thank you for plucking up the courage to visit the nightmare washroom, it's always good to see you!

      Take care, best wishes MM

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This one was fascinating with all the new gadgets. I've never seen one like that sandwich press one. We've come a long way since revolving cotton towel hand dryers that used to be everywhere. You had to use both hands to pull down to feed more clean towel and then the used part would retract up into the back. Also the liquid pink soap was in a globe shaped dispenser with a plug on the bottom where you pushed. Oh, boy. That is really telling my age. Voted up all the way!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, with all this new technology the public washroom has become a confusing and scary place!

      Give me those paper towels anyday in preference to the hand drier!!

      Many thanks for your great comments and votes, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Rich Sale 5 years ago from Sandy

      HaHa

      Great hub. I will pass this onto the team.

      We are washroom designers and installers :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi surveyequipment, thank you for stopping by and your comments, glad you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Keen observation Lesley! I have been surprised by some public toilets at malls and other public places myself

      Interesting and funny

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rahul, washrooms are scary places these days and probably best avoided - where at all possible!!

      Glad you enjoyed the fun, many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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