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Public Toilet Etiquette

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Ok, so I’ve been thinking a bit about people’s actions in public toilets recently. This was partially spurred on by a post on the Dilbert Blog (Hi Jean). Over the last couple of months I have seen a number of public toilet actions that I found to be unacceptable.

  • I have overheard two mobile telephone conversations (neither was in english, but both were quite loud and from inside the cubicle. I would hate to be the person on the other end of that phone call.
  • I have seen countless people use a cubicle without closing the door. (Number 1, not Number 2). Now whilst I’m all fine with the notion of urinals, I believe that an open cubicle door screams out vacant. Before you know it you are about to walk into a small confined space with a man holding his penis. Now, that is a situation you don’t want to be in.

Fortunately only one person has broken the “don’t speak to anyone when they are in the bathroom” rule (perhaps this should be made a commandment). This rule is important because typically one would rather feel invisible in a bathroom.

In this light, I am going to finally change the poll (since it is clear that Will will wed Michael D. Cameron (or Alison if MDC turns him down)) to discuss first whether you would be inclined to leave the cubicle door open or closed and later to see how far you would go with your mobile phone.