I touched on the topic of work toilets in my last blog. Well this blog is devoted to the subject! DO NOT READ WHILE EATING.
I’m sure everyone knows of people who go the toilet and don’t bother washing their hands. There’s also those who can’t be bothered to flush the toilet or put paper towels in the bin. I work with a few of them.
It’s normal routine to go to the toilets and enter several cubicles before finding a clean one. Usually it’s because some lazy person can’t be bothered to flush the loo. On the rare occasion it’s because the flush mechanism is not working properly. I say rare because we have many plumbers working for our firm – we sell plumbing insurance. Any problem with the loos and they’re fixed pretty quickly. Problems with certain staff members aren’t that easy to fix.
Some people are not just lazy – they are dirty scrubbers. Not flushing the chain could be classed as lazy. Missing the bin with the paper towel and not picking it up is lazy. But dropping dirty toilet paper on the floor instead of in the toilet pan is dirty. DIRTY! Covering the toilet seat with loo paper and then not cleaning it off is dirty. DIRTY! Leaving urine or blood on the seat is dirty. DIRTY! And leaving shit on the toilet seat is being a F*CKING DIRTY SCRUBBER.
I walked into the toilets the one day to see someone cleaning her feet so she could go and pray. Around her feet lay about 8 or 9 paper towels. You wouldn’t stand in someone else’s rubbish to wash your feet or any other part of the body I’m thinking. In which case it had to be her rubbish. There are two bins in the toilets, and each cubicle has it’s own bin. The one bin was well within easy reach of her. She may need clean feet to go and pray but she was putting the same shoes on – dirty shoes – and dropping the paper towels on the floor. In my humble opinion this certainly makes her a dirty person. Or am I missing something?
There’s been a sign up in the toilets, actually above the sinks, warning people not to sit on the sink. I wonder why people would need to sit on the sink? What exactly are they washing? It doesn’t bear thinking about. Especially when intimate wipes are commonly available, and each toilet is equipped with loo paper.
Talking to the cleaners is real eye opener. They’ve obviously seen things that we really don’t want to think about. As well as the dirty toilets, unflushed toilets, and loo paper or paper towels strewn everywhere the cleaners have also seen snot being wiped on the doors, shit being wiped on the doors, blood wiped on the doors, plastic cups being shoved down the toilet, sanitary towels dropped on the floor or blocking the toilet. They have a really nasty experience cleaning the loos every day.
However, my favourite two stories from the cleaners are: the carrier bag full of shit in the bin, and the bags full of curry attached to each cubicle door in the other building. Yes you read it correctly. Someone had shit in a carrier bag and put it in the bin in the toilets. Why not sit on the toilet? Why would you shit in a carrier bag? Your guess is as good as mine.
One of the cleaners found that someone had attached a bag of curry to each cubicle door in the toilets in the other building. Maybe the person who did this thought the people in that building were constipated. Whatever the reason they were obviously off their rocker.
If you’ve read this I bet you’ll never think of work or public toilets in the same way again. I certainly don’t. I carry a pack of wipes in the bag at all times. I’ve mentioned this in previous blogs. They come in very useful.