Women's Public Restroom Etiquette 101
It's Potty Time!
Oh dear. I seriously cannot believe this is where my writing has taken me. But yet, here I am. I am writing a restroom etiquette hub. I have seen so much disgusting behavior in women's restrooms, I have been forced to write this hub. I am not just ashamed in general; I am ashamed for society as a whole.
So, here we go. Let's go on this potty journey together, shall we? Men reading this hub, sorry you are not included. I tend to not visit the men's room so much, so you guys are on your own there. I am sure you would benefit from a Men's Restroom Etiquette hub, but I am not the person to do it.
A Little Space, Please
If you go into a public restroom and there are a number of stalls, please do not get in the stall beside me. If there are two stalls and I am occupying one, by all means, use the stall beside me. If there are ten stalls, why oh why, do you get in the stall beside me? I would love to have a little privacy. I understand if all the stalls look disgusting except the stall you just picked, but otherwise, put a space between us.
Also, do not look under the stall. That is creepy. I have had random women compliment my shoes while I am in the stall! Lady, you are looking a little too much into my stall. You need to step back and not say a word.
You Can Spare a Square with the Toilet Paper
If I am out of toilet paper in my stall, I am obviously not in a good situation. Typically, I always check before going in, but sometimes, I just forget. Please help me out. If you are in the next stall, please hand some toilet paper under the wall if I ask. If you are in a stall further away from me (thanks, by the way) please hand me some toilet paper under my door as you leave. It is the nice thing to do. I know the situation is awkward, but it is not a fun time for me either.
Thanks But No Thanks for the Artwork
I guess some people enjoy spending time in the public restroom, so maybe that is why I always find artwork in the stalls. Gee, thanks for the graffiti, but it was totally unnecessary. No, I don't want your ex-boyfriend's phone number. No, I don't care that you are in love with your current boyfriend. Little hearts drawn on the bathroom stall door is not that exciting.
As for a more, umm... delicate subject... please please please please do not rub poo on the walls. You heard me. And you know who you are. What on earth is going on in your head? What would ever inspire you to do something like that? Please seek therapy right now. I am dead serious. Is this a fetish? Are you unstable? What is wrong with you?
While we are on this subject, my friend also suggests you do not stick your feminine napkins to the wall. Yes, this rule applies no matter whether it is used or new. We don't need to see that. Thanks, but no thanks.
Wipe the Seat Off
I am sure some women have made an Olympic sport out of hovering over the seat and never exactly sitting down on a public restroom toilet. I applaud your efforts. There are some of you out there that have mastered this practice to such an impressive degree that you should teach others.
However, there are those of you that have not mastered the technique. That is OK. Now that you have managed to tinkle on the seat, please wipe it off before leaving the stall. It is totally gross when you leave it that way. Also, if you are so offended by public restrooms that you can't even sit on the toilet seat, you should do your part to keep them clean.
If you create a "nest" with the toilet paper or use a flushable seat cover, please remember to clean that off the toilet, as well. No one wants to deal with your used toilet paper on the seat. You can either flush it down the toilet if it isn't much or use the feminine napkin disposal unit on the side of the stall if you've created a giant toilet paper nest.
This is a totally simple concept. If you use the bathroom, flush the toilet. If the toilet does not work properly and the first flush doesn't work, do it again. If you are reading this hub, you are smart enough to work a toilet properly. It is as simple as that.
Also, do not clog the toilet with random items. The toilet can handle toilet paper. It can't always handle feminine products and it certainly can't handle paper towels, receipts, and other items. Be nice to the public restroom toilet. We all need to use it.
Conserve the Water
Now that our journey is almost through (thank goodness!), it is time to talk about the final step. You need to wash your hands. Please tell me you are washing your hands, right? At any rate, don't leave the water running. It wastes water and that is not good for anyone. It helps prevent a water shortage when making sure the water is always turned off wherever you go.
I hope this hub has been helpful for you. Please remember to keep public restrooms as clean as possible. No one likes to use them, but we are all forced to do so when we are not at home for a long time. For now, I am through writing this Women's Restroom Etiquette hub. Sometimes writing a hub is dirty work, but somebody has to do it.
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