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Sandwich in a Bathroom

DaisyM Mar 1, 2013 10:32 AM

I had lunch at a little suburban restaurant. You order at the counter and then carry your lunch to a table. There is one bathroom. When I tried the door it was locked. A moment later, the door opened and a man exited the bathroom holding and eating a sandwich. This was a well dressed man, in the kind of place where you could leave your sandwich and coat at a table and no one would have touched it.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought...EWWWWWWW!

  1. BlueMagic Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    That's gross.

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      Isolda Mar 12, 2013 12:57 PM

      Don't know why I thought of this, but years ago, my mother went to a ladies' luncheon at which she was served soup from an antique chamber pot. The hostess just assumed it was a soup tureen when she bought it (hey, it did have a lid, so perhaps that's why she was confused!)

      My mother is a very polite Southern lady, so she just pretended to eat the soup, then breathed a sigh of relief when the bowls were cleared and the next course was brought in.

      I suppose that eating a sandwich in a room containing a toilet is slightly better than eating soup out of an actual toilet, but I'd prefer to avoid both scenarios.

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        rockandroller1 Mar 12, 2013 01:42 PM

        THAT is a great story.

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          sunshine842 Mar 12, 2013 01:58 PM

          as much as the logical part of me says "well, it's been washed", the immature adolescent is rolling on the ground laughing.

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            Isolda Mar 13, 2013 03:00 PM

            Oh, I was an immature adolescent when she came home and reported that this had happened. But it still cracks me up to this day. And it still grosses me out, somewhat illogically. I just wouldn't want to eat from what was once a toilet, no matter how hygienic the vessel now is.

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          italianyc84 Mar 12, 2013 06:30 AM

          The other day at work I smelled popcorn. A little while later, I got up to use the bathroom, which is a handicap bathroom (no stalls, just the toilet and sink in a little room). There was an empty bag of popcorn in the trashcan and a few kernals on the ground. WTF.

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            sunshine842 Mar 12, 2013 06:56 AM

            all that means is that someone threw the bag away there. It doesn't mean they ate it there.

            I have enough to do to keep track of the health of my family and me. If somebody wants to eat a bag of popcorn or a sandwich in the toilet - it's not my money, it's not my food, it's not my toilet, and it's not my body....*shrug*

            1. re: sunshine842
              italianyc84 Mar 12, 2013 07:12 AM

              I didn't say I was calling the police about it, just noting that it was bizarre. (the kernals were right in front of the toilet, not near the garbage can, so it was pretty clear that someone was doing their business while snacking)

          2. PHREDDY Mar 9, 2013 09:15 AM

            Daisy....I am a licensed master plumber here in NYC since 1982....(but started in 1972) ....bathrooms are for personal hygene.......not eating
            They are not for a conversation, sex, artwork or the likes....they are for taking care of personal business!!!!

            As an expert ; I have been to many, perhaps 5000 bathrooms in my 42 year career, and found all kind of jerks doing everything else, but using the bathrooms to assist in a sanitary way of disposing their personal human waste...
            "The Plumber Protects The Health of The Nation"
            Phreddy the Plumber

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              DaisyM Mar 12, 2013 08:30 AM

              Phreddy, I had just started dating a really nice man, who was a gastroenterologist. He was visiting me at my house and was just about to leave and said, "I hear water running!". He opened up the door to my powder room, pulled out a pair of surgical gloves, and got down on the floor and started to fix my toilet.

              I stood there in shock and said, "You know how to fix toilets??" He said, "Sweetie, if I can fix people, I can fix a toilet." At that moment, I said to myself...I am going to marry that man. And I did. Through the years I've appreciated his plumbing skills as much as he medical skills!

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                rccola Mar 12, 2013 10:09 AM

                Does he have a brother? My husband makes comments like, "Yeah, that sink does not drain well."

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                  DaisyM Mar 12, 2013 11:59 AM

                  When we visit family he takes his medical bag and his tools. A recent trip included removal of ear wax, blood pressure check,a showerhead replacement, and a doll repair. And he's always happy to help.

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                    hill food Mar 12, 2013 05:38 PM

                    get that man to a sperm bank for replication. we could use more of that type (men and women) wandering this world.

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                  PHREDDY Mar 14, 2013 03:43 PM

                  Two things...I started out in medical school, but found out I could make more as a plumber because I don' t have to wait until the insurances companies to pay me....

                  I do have a PHD though!!!! (plumbing & heating doctor)....no ofense, I did got to 1 year of law school and could get past the financial needs....so cudos to your plumber/doctor!

                  Remember ...the plumber protects the health of the nation!

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                    hill food Mar 14, 2013 06:43 PM

                    and in a very immediate way.

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                Jerseygirl111 Mar 8, 2013 02:07 PM

                Maybe he had limited time for lunch and didn't know how long he'd be. Or maybe it was a hot sandwich, that would taste terrible cold.

                I have seen women breastfeed in the restroom. Poor babies are eating their meals in the restroom.

                Unsanitary? Yes. But is it any worse than eating street food in other countries? We have had threads lately on letting your dog lick clean your dinner dishes, servers standing on food service counters and supermarket vegs being returned to the pile after falling on the floor. If you really stop to think about it any of our food is not really sanitary.

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                  ttoommyy Mar 8, 2013 02:19 PM

                  "Unsanitary? Yes. But is it any worse than eating street food in other countries? We have had threads lately on letting your dog lick clean your dinner dishes, servers standing on food service counters and supermarket vegs being returned to the pile after falling on the floor. If you really stop to think about it any of our food is not really sanitary."

                  All true, but there is just something taboo (and I use the word in its true sense) about the sandwich in the bathroom thing.

                  1. re: Jerseygirl111
                    linguafood Mar 8, 2013 02:50 PM

                    There'd probably be fewer women breastfeeding in restrooms if they weren't accosted by misguided prudes who take issue with it in public.

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                      foodieX2 Mar 8, 2013 03:04 PM

                      hear hear! I refused to feed my child in a bathroom.

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                        sunshine842 Mar 8, 2013 03:11 PM

                        the "ladies' lounges" at big department stores, however, were a godsend. They were connected to the restrooms, but they had nice chairs and carpet, and were quiet -- important once your little one starts looking around to gawk at the rest of the world.

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                          hill food Mar 8, 2013 07:14 PM

                          and to add, while I wish to never change a diaper again or witness the event, a fold-down changing counter in the Men's room is only just and right.

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                            James Cristinian Mar 8, 2013 07:24 PM

                            We have one where I work called a sturdy station and some genius covered up the s and y.

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                              hill food Mar 8, 2013 07:58 PM

                              could have left the 'y'. some people just like to make things difficult.

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                                rockandroller1 Mar 12, 2013 01:40 PM


                              2. re: hill food
                                sunshine842 Mar 9, 2013 12:43 AM

                                yes. This is a huge point with my husband and a lot of other guys -- why does no one ever think that men do sometimes go places in public with their children with "the little woman" (sarcasm) around to change diapers?

                                Hugely frustrating at the very minimum, bordering on antiquated sexism at worst.

                                1. re: sunshine842
                                  hill food Mar 9, 2013 01:25 AM

                                  well yeah, I'm not gonna splay out the kid on the floor, or over the sink. it's a task that's nasty enough as it is. "yeah, ha! sorry, just step over us!" or worse.

                                  1. re: hill food
                                    sunshine842 Mar 9, 2013 01:41 AM

                                    I've had a couple of occasions where, on request, I made sure there were no women in the women's room, then stood guard at the door while a dad on his own changed a diaper in the ladies' room. Bonus points for the dads who try to find a decently clean place to change a diaper; boo-hiss for the companies that haven't figured this out yet. (and I'm pretty sure most women, especially moms, would do the same)

                                  2. re: sunshine842
                                    James Cristinian Mar 9, 2013 07:58 AM

                                    "The little woman", she's 4 foot 9, and I were in Galveston dining indoors. We watched in horror as a family changed a baby on one of the outdoor tables, We don't eat outdoors there for fear of seagull poop, and now baby poop.

                          2. re: Jerseygirl111
                            latindancer Mar 9, 2013 08:56 AM

                            <Poor babies are eating their meals in the restroom>

                            That scene is so appalling to me. I chose to do it out in the open, discreetly, and yet I still got glaring stares because people *knew* what I was doing.

                          3. Antilope Mar 8, 2013 12:40 PM

                            One time, years ago, when my wife and I took our young daughters out to a nice restaurant they stopped by the ladies room on the way out.

                            When we all got back in the car, my wife mentioned that there was "salt or sugar" all over the ladies room floor, it needed a cleaning. From the back-seat our 4-year old said, "It was sugar." Of course we were horrified and told her don't ever do anything like that again. Kids. ;-)

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                              hyacinthgirl Mar 8, 2013 02:05 PM

                              ha! Lucky it wasn't, uh, "snow."

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                                James Cristinian Mar 8, 2013 05:36 PM

                                Way back we would make it snow on the top of the water tank lid during Oiler football games. We also dined on herb brownies and the smoked version. We usually saved the brownies for Monday Night Football games when we pulled out all the stops.

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                                  hotoynoodle Jul 11, 2013 12:29 PM

                                  that would be on top of the tp dispenser.

                              2. Veggo Mar 5, 2013 06:42 PM

                                Haven't a lot of us dined at the Steakback Outhouse?

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                                  DaisyM Mar 6, 2013 03:25 AM

                                  I think men deserve a lot of points for having to deal with urinals. It just sounds so awful for so many reasons.

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                                    ttoommyy Mar 6, 2013 03:39 AM

                                    Thanks for the empathy, but it's really not that bad. And we do have a choice to use the stalls. Urinals are very convenient and worth the small inconvenience.

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                                      scubadoo97 Mar 6, 2013 04:47 AM

                                      Rare to see a line at the Men's room at an event.

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                                        rockandroller1 Mar 12, 2013 01:39 PM

                                        I was at a concert last week and came out of the ladies' room and there was a HUGE long line for the men's, and NO line for the women's. I've never seen anything like it. I actually stopped in my tracks with surprise, and another woman who had just come out behind me did the same thing. We said to each other, "wow, what the heck?" and carried on, but it was a rare sight, indeed.

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                                          rccola Mar 12, 2013 08:30 PM

                                          Probably a banquet going on.

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                                            James Cristinian Mar 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                                            The now dormant Astrodome had minimal ladies facilities before a re-model. The ladies always had a long line. One time I saw my then wife coming out of the men's room, and I congratulated her for not missing much of the football game. The following is disgusting and the squeamish should not read: The Summit/Compaq Center, home of the basketball team, had two very small bathrooms for 18,000 mostly guys. There was always a big line, and the fellas routinely peed in the sinks to the point of overflowing. If you read this, I warned you.

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                                              bulavinaka Mar 13, 2013 12:26 PM

                                              I used to frequently attend concerts back in the 70s-90s (miss those days). I recall quite a few times where women used the men's room stalls as well as the sinks a couple of times. Of course they were drunk, buzzed and desperate so what the heck.

                                              1. re: James Cristinian
                                                hill food Mar 13, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                again, I thank the heavens I was not there during Katrina. (oh wait, that was the Superdome - ehh same issue). probably wasn't any more appealing for those evacuated to Houston, except for the power/water issue.

                                                who designs these places? (oh right I've worked for a few, ample toilet facilities get "value-engineered" out, in favor of retail food/bev/ROI space).

                                        2. re: DaisyM
                                          sunshine842 Mar 6, 2013 05:45 AM

                                          you've never seen a dirty public toilet or been on a hike where you thought that *not* having to disrobe and/or hover your bare hiney over a seat that has cooties that can JUMP sounded like a really, really good idea?

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                                        judybird Mar 5, 2013 05:44 PM

                                        When my brother and I were young (about 10 and 8, he being the 8-year-old) my parents took us out for ice cream one warm summer night. We ordered ice cream cones, and as my dad was paying, my brother disappeared into the rest room, then returned still carrying his cone. My mother told him he shouldn't have carried his ice cream into the rest room. His reply: "But I only used one hand."

                                        1. JerryMe Mar 4, 2013 03:26 PM


                                          Too funny - I just saw this article!

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                                            harryharry Mar 4, 2013 05:10 PM

                                            You beat me.... was just on my way to post the same link!

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                                              sunshine842 Mar 5, 2013 12:21 AM

                                              why not? At that point it just happens to *formerly* be a toilet - -not currently so -- and the urinal bar actually works pretty darned well as a lunch counter!

                                              No different than hotels that were formerly schools or hospitals or asylums or restaurants in former churches....and the fixtures are kinda cool from a decorative standpoint.

                                              There's a public toilet in Paris (by Le Madeleine) that has beautiful carved wood and stained glass -- it's currently disused and full of garbage -- this would be a stellar repurposing of what is actually a gorgeous space.

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                                              foodieX2 Mar 4, 2013 02:16 PM

                                              I am suddenly feeling guilty for drinking my coffee in my bathroom every morning. My husband brings me a cup so that I can have it while dry my hair/put on my makeup. I always thought it was sweet and never thoguht of it as gross.

                                              now having a coffee maker/ making it in the bathroom would…

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                                                sunshine842 Mar 4, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                I can't imagine what's gross about having a cup of coffee while you dry your hair or put on your makeup. It's not like you've made coffee with water dipped out of the bowl (it's not, right?) or like you're repeatedly flushing while you stand there. And yeah - there's a reason why there's a lid.

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                                                  cayjohan Mar 4, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                  I'll share your guilt and absolve us both. Being a household with one bathroom and a schedule that required getting everyone out of the house at 6:30 for years meant on any given morning someone (everyone?) was slurping down coffee at some point during their morning ablution time. Never gave it a second thought until now, and probably won't change.

                                                  I'll also continue enjoying a glass of wine when in my bubble bath too.

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                                                    foodieX2 Mar 4, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                    Gah, I'll never give up the wine!!! :)

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                                                    ttoommyy Mar 4, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                    I always bring a cup of coffee in the bathroom after i've showered and am getting ready.

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                                                      Justpaula Mar 12, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                      That is not too bad - while you are doing hair and make-up. In my younger days, I would drink my wine or whatever in the bathroom while I was primping to go out for the night. Now, my husband actually drinks his coffee every morning in the bathroom as part of his morning routine - he shaves in the shower and does his hair in the bedroom, so that only leaves one other thing for him to be doing in there with his coffee in hand. It grosses me out, but what I am gonna do? He's a decent man...I think I will let this thing of his slide. I think it bothers me more that most days, I wake up to find an empty, used coffee mug on my bathroom sink (along with his last night's sleepwear) for me to put in its proper place to be cleaned - at this point I let that slide too, eh. If I am tasting something I am cooking or just slipped a cracker into my mouth and then realize I have to "go", I will stand outside the bathroom door and finish chewing before I even go in. To each his own, I guess. Even if I were a bathroom eater, I would probably refrain from doing it in public though.

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                                                        tcamp Mar 15, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                        I drink coffee while getting ready for work too. To me, this is quite different from eating a sandwich in a public restroom.

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                                                        HillsofBeverly Mar 4, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                        Ha. My dad still tells a 30-40 year old story about going to the bathroom in corporate HQ, only to see on the floor of a stall, between the stall-user's wingtips, a cup of coffee with a donut balanced on its lid. BLEAGH.

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                                                          tcamp Mar 15, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                          Gross. I am hardly a germ-o-phobe but of all the stories in this thread, for some reason this one grosses me out the most.

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                                                          pollymerase Mar 4, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                          This morning I saw a woman eating a donut while applying her makeup in the bathroom at work. I did a double take and instantly thought of this thread.

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                                                            DaisyM Mar 4, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                            i think just eating a donut while applying make up is news worthy. Doing it in the work bathroom shows this gal is a true multi tasker.

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                                                              sunshine842 Mar 4, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                              where does that put the guy I saw brushing his teeth while he was driving? Toothpaste foamed around his mouth and everything.

                                                          2. lafouchow Mar 4, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                            Eat 'N Leak

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                                                              James Cristinian Mar 3, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                              I keep having this dream that I'm in a public restroom barefooted, and it's never pleasant, Now, if I have this dream while eating a sandwich, I'm coming after some of you good people.

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                                                                roux42 Mar 3, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                I have seen people eating in the gym locker room, not just energy bars and smoothies, but sandwiches, salads and soup etc... Not only is it icky, but they take up bench space that is needed to change your clothes.

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                                                                  demitasse04 Mar 8, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                  I'm probably not the only one to have seen guys sitting buck naked on those benches

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                                                                  mexivilla Mar 3, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                  In a Canadian hospital last week was surprised to see a microwave oven in a washroom. Nurse said they didn't have any place else to put it.

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                                                                    roundfigure Mar 2, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                    "Bathroom Sandwich," new band name, I call it!

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                                                                      Tripeler Mar 3, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                      Hey, Bathroom Sandwich is old news. I have all their CDs, and have been into them for ages. ;)

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                                                                        ttoommyy Mar 3, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                        I keep singing "sandwich in the bathroom" to to tune of The English Beat's "Mirror in the Bathroom."

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                                                                          monfrancisco Mar 3, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                          As performed by Stankin' Roger!

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                                                                            ttoommyy Mar 3, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                            Good one! lol

                                                                      2. grampart Mar 2, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                        I vividly remember the day I came out of our bathroom with a candy bar in my mouth and ran into my clean-freak father. I was about 6 or 7. I never did that again!

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                                                                          RedTop Mar 2, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                          It's an American thing.

                                                                          I retired from a large multi-national corporation. In all of their facilities in the US, they posted dos-and-donts for mens room conduct. First on those lists was : No food or drink allowed.

                                                                          Never found a prescribed conduct list on any mens room anywhere else in the world I traveled for them.

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                                                                            DaisyM Mar 2, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                            Does anyone remember the Seinfeld episode when Kramer was showering and washing vegetables at the same time?

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                                                                              HillJ Mar 2, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                              Sure! Or when George took food to bed? Lots of food references in wacky places on Seinfeld.

                                                                          2. HillJ Mar 2, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                            This is right out our early Monty Python. While I wouldn't want to be crossing paths with the person leaving the restroom while I'm approaching the door...this does smack of comedy...a tad.


                                                                            Come now, fess up..anyone out there read in the bathroom?

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                                                                              hill food Mar 4, 2013 01:30 AM

                                                                              oh I read in the john, and I even have noticed guys usually have material in theirs and not women. I've picked out books based entirely on whether they were 'toilet friendly' (poetry by Charles Bukowski, B.E. Ellis' "Less Than Zero" - as it doesn't matter where you start or stop in either) I used to drink coffee in there and once, I learned the difficult, scorched way of disposing a burning cigarette as a male in the #2 position (y'know possessing external parts and all) I knocked that off.

                                                                              but food? no, OK once at work on a REALLY hectic day and it was my only chance for a moment's peace.

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                                                                              Jeri L Mar 2, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                              Maybe he ordered it "to go"?

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                                                                                MGZ Mar 2, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                "Or to help go"?

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                                                                                lsmutko Mar 2, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                It is pretty gross. But I also love the thread title, it's like the title of very bad play. It also reminded me of this, which reads like some interesting Chowhound thread titles.


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                                                                                  foodieX2 Mar 2, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                  A certain "celeb" type car dealer around these parts opened his house for a charity tour. His bed room was on the top floor with a very impressive view of the water. Upon entering the HUGE master bath I caught something out the corner of my eye-a gorgeous copper espresso machine. It was then I realized what I had walked into was a mini kitchen, built right in the middle of the bathroom, almost like an island. The kind you might see in one of those smaller studio apartments or business class hotels except everything was top of line.

                                                                                  "His" bathroom was on one side of the kitchen and "hers" was on the other. He told everyone he had it put in when he realized he often didn't want to bother going "all the way" downstairs when he was hungry and the bathroom seemed like a "natural place to put it".

                                                                                  We all stood there shaking our heads…

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                                                                                    danna Mar 4, 2013 09:23 AM


                                                                                    This scary article references several "high-end" closets that include breakfast bars, coffee machines, wet bars, etc. WTF? My closet smells worse than my bathroom, I can't really imagine needing to eat/drink in either place.

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                                                                                      ttoommyy Mar 4, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                      "My closet smells worse than my bathroom"


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                                                                                        danna Mar 4, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                        yes, that gave me pause after I wrote it. You know how they say some really strong cheese smells like feet? I think they're referencing my feet. shoes, you know....

                                                                                        sorry, that was tmi, but in all seriousness, i think a bathroom , with it's hard, smooth surfaces, constant use of hot water and soap, and (hopefully) consistent cleaning is likely to be cleaner than a closet full of shoes ...even for people with flowery-smelling feet.

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                                                                                          ttoommyy Mar 4, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                          Yes, TMI!!!


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                                                                                            bulavinaka Mar 4, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                            We love you just the way you are....

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                                                                                          sunshine842 Mar 4, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                          sorry, I really can't take seriously an article that talks about a closet that's bigger than many first-world homes.

                                                                                          It's their money, they can piss it away however they want, but let's not present that as normal or ordinary.

                                                                                        3. re: foodieX2
                                                                                          Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                          While I like the idea of a "mini-kitchen," the bathroom is not what I would choose. TV's in the bath area - OK. Mini-bar in the master bedroom - my kind of thing. Other than a magazine rack, the toilet is immune from those features - at least in my book.


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                                                                                          lafemmetamera Mar 1, 2013 10:12 PM

                                                                                          That is disgusting! I won't even take my cell into a bathroom even @ home!

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                                                                                            JerryMe Mar 4, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                            At work one day, I came out of the Lady's Restroom and my boss came out of the Men's Restroom ON HIS CELL PHONE! I told him later, in very certain terms, that it is absolutely unacceptable to answer your cell phone in the restroom. This was a suit and tie, Fortune 500 company.

                                                                                            Now I can use the excuse, whenever he calls and I miss it "I won't answer the phone when I'm in the bathroom".

                                                                                            Yuck, Yuck, Yuck to the OP - it would've freaked me out as well.

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                                                                                              grampart Mar 4, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                              Since I've never worked for a suit and tie Fortune 500 company, I don't have any idea of what goes on there, but could you explain to this blue collar guy what exactly is so unacceptable about using your cell phone in the restroom.

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                                                                                                rccola Mar 4, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                Yes. How did she know he didn't answer or call right after washing? Does she have the men's room bugged? Did she expect him to empty his pockets and leave his cell phone at his desk.

                                                                                                On the other hand, I WOULD expect the diner to leave his sandwich on the table OR finish eating and then go (barring emergency eliminations!)

                                                                                                Germs in restrooms especially at restaurants, which, in my area anyway, tend to employ immigrant and low-skill workers, could be a whole other kind of colony than your home bathroom.

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                                                                                                  hill food Mar 4, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                  grampart - because bathrooms echo and sounds come through quite clearly on the other end. plus if it's a sensitive topic, you never really know whose feet those are in the next stall.

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                                                                                                    sunshine842 Mar 5, 2013 12:15 AM

                                                                                                    I was at a local mall doing some Christmas shopping (read: the mall was packed).

                                                                                                    Stopped into the very large restrooms, and as I was waiting with a dozen others, heard someone yakking away on her cell phone in the stall. Way, way TMI for a public conversation.

                                                                                                    She stopped to take a breath (finally) and a woman in the queue shouted "DO YOU KNOW SHE'S PEEING?!"

                                                                                                    Dead silence...."I'll call you back"....then the whole huge ladies' room erupted in howls of laughter. Through graceful timing, the shouter ended up in a stall before the yakker emerged from hers, so there was no confrontation, but her face was absolutely scarlet.

                                                                                                    THAT is why you don't talk on your cellphone while doing your business.

                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                      hill food Mar 5, 2013 12:41 AM

                                                                                                      peeing and slowing the line, yakking on the phone.

                                                                                                      classic. just classic.

                                                                                                      1. re: hill food
                                                                                                        sunshine842 Mar 5, 2013 01:14 AM

                                                                                                        AND airing all her dirty laundry - in excruciatingly lurid detail (medical exams, last week's date -- like I said, it was crowded and the line was long, so we were all standing there listening to it for quite a while).

                                                                                                        Stuff I wouldn't tell my best friend over coffee in my own house, let alone in a crowded public loo.

                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                          hill food Mar 5, 2013 02:17 AM

                                                                                                          and you didn't tape it? every phone with a video function picks up audio too. this could have gone viral!

                                                                                                          1. re: hill food
                                                                                                            sunshine842 Mar 5, 2013 02:19 AM

                                                                                                            this was before I owned a phone with video capability -- a few years ago, and I'm a Luddite when it comes to phones.

                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                              hill food Mar 5, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                              s842 - yeah I am too.

                                                                                                      2. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                        bobbert Mar 5, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                        OK, I'll top that. Last summer I went to the mensroom at Home Depot. A young man was at one urinal and I went to the other one. The urinals are separated by a 3/4 partition for a semi-private experience. While looking down I notice a stream of liquid literally pouring down the wall on my neighbor’s side of the partition and quickly following the tile grout lines towards my open toed sandals. Initially, I honestly thought a pipe had burst because of the torrent heading for my uncovered toes. I turn to the young man and notice that he is texting away on his cell phone with two hands, totally oblivious to what is happening just a few feet down from his all important message so... I kinda freak out just a bit and bail (figuratively) from the mens room. I never understood how someone could miss a urinal until that day. Thankfully my feet stayed dry.

                                                                                                        1. re: bobbert
                                                                                                          ttoommyy Mar 5, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                          That's what you get for wearing sandals!


                                                                                                          1. re: bobbert
                                                                                                            hill food Mar 5, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                            it's funny, I never paid much attention to the habits/techniques of others, until I broke my collarbone and really had to sit for #1. as I'd walk past the line of standers at work, I noticed one guy always propped his elbows on both of the modesty partitions and went hands free. was always curious how that was managed (he wasn't texting BTW).

                                                                                                            but it was a great bathroom, everything was on photo-electric light/motion type detectors, so no fixtures had to be touched. I had a sweater that was SO black, they all read my presence as an absence and as I walked through all the sinks and urinals would activate!

                                                                                                    2. re: JerryMe
                                                                                                      Antilope Mar 6, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                      Years ago I worked from an office at home for a very large Tech company. I was on a conference call with about 10 people from our department. Most worked from home. During the call was a very loud toilet flush. Some people laughed, most were disgusted and no one admitted to being the source of the sound.

                                                                                                      1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                        Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                        Having done tele-conferencing (seldom video) for decades, I will make note to "flush," but only AFTER the conference call.


                                                                                                        1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                          tcamp Mar 15, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                          The mute feature seems to mystify a high percentage of con call participants, IME.

                                                                                                      2. re: lafemmetamera
                                                                                                        Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:55 PM

                                                                                                        And we ALL know that cell phones, even "SmartPhones," will seek out the toilet, to fall into. I have heard of them jumping out of an inside sports coat's pocket, or a woman's purse, just to take the plunge into a toilet. Danged telephones!


                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                                                          boyzoma Mar 9, 2013 03:10 AM

                                                                                                          We used to have a guy at work we nicknamed "flush". He lost several (in those days) pagers down the toilet!

                                                                                                          1. re: boyzoma
                                                                                                            Bill Hunt Jul 6, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                            That is very sad.

                                                                                                            I do not envy "Flush."

                                                                                                            "Can you hear me now?"


                                                                                                      3. Bill Hunt Mar 1, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                        Not what I would have wanted to see.

                                                                                                        Now, I do read in the bathroom, but have NEVER eaten in a bathroom.

                                                                                                        I agree with you - not something that I would even want to consider. Sorry that I opened this thread.


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                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                                                          PHREDDY Mar 9, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                          Hunt...do you think the sandwhich was.....SOS????

                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY
                                                                                                            Bill Hunt Jul 6, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                            Well, based on my time in the US Army, I just hope not!


                                                                                                        2. g
                                                                                                          givemecarbs Mar 1, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                                                                          My first thought was that he added some sort of condiment to the sandwich that the restaurant didn't provide like hot sauce or something and was trying to be discreet. But probably he was just in a hurry and trying to save time.

                                                                                                          1. ipsedixit Mar 1, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                                                            I had a friend once who always drank a cup of coffee while, ahem, sitting on his throne.

                                                                                                            I always thought that was odd, but it worked for him.

                                                                                                            Live, and let (ahem) live.

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                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                              bulavinaka Mar 3, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                              I think that's one of the most common ones that few are willing to admit to. Hell, someone in our household brings his/her whole life into the head and gone for what seems like days at a time. Crosswords, sudoku, coffee, ipad, work stuff... should I go on? It's not me and I'm not going to reveal who it is for fear of divorce... oops! No food though - thank goodness for that. But the ipad has been flagged in my mind as untouchable.

                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                                                                Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                A Kindle, a book, a magazine - I see that. A sandwich, is just beyond MY comprehension.



                                                                                                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                Miss Needle Mar 4, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                Coffee and cigarettes on the throne are a perfect combination.

                                                                                                              3. b
                                                                                                                bobbert Mar 1, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                I made the mistake of using the mens room in Grand Central Station in 1979. What I saw haunts me to this day and there was no food involved (technically). But to answer the op's question, yes it's gross.

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                                                                                                                1. re: bobbert
                                                                                                                  RedTop Mar 12, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                  That's probably a tale worth re-telling. lol.

                                                                                                                  1. re: RedTop
                                                                                                                    rccola Mar 12, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                    A tale worth regurgitating...

                                                                                                                2. q
                                                                                                                  Querencia Mar 1, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                  Nearly sixty years ago my husband and I stayed overnight (while traveling) with friends of the family, an elderly minister and his wife. They were a very sober couple---nothing far-out about them. At breakfast time the Reverend did not appear at the table and his wife explained that he always ate his breakfast from a tray while sitting on the toilet. I refrain here from further comment.

                                                                                                                  1. HillJ Mar 1, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                    The ultimate multi-tasker! Since it wasn't my sandwich OR my dining companion I'm not going to be bothered...who knows why folks do what they do....but if he had a companion at the table waiting for him....well, then I'm just going to write that off as oddball.

                                                                                                                    In bizarro world (comic book reference), a man orders a takeout sandwich, needs to hit the restroom, office calls while he's otherwise engaged, realizes it's back to the grind, and proceeds to eat lunch on the way. Think of the # of movies scenarios of this nature happen on screen.

                                                                                                                    1. linguafood Mar 1, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                      There's a bar in Berlin where, at the beginning of the night, the (fairly large, single) ladies' room will have a glass of red wine and a plate with a sandwich on the vanity.

                                                                                                                      By the end of the night, the glass is empty and the sandwich gone.

                                                                                                                      I always thought that was a neat idea, but never brought myself to take a bite. Not enough drinks, perhaps :-D

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                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                        James Cristinian Mar 3, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                        Way back the Houston Astrodome had trough type urinals, and there was a dollar bill in one. Several beers later I came back and it was gone.

                                                                                                                        1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                          linguafood Mar 3, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                          That's about as far from the example I gave I could possibly think of. But .... thanks for the image?

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                            James Cristinian Mar 3, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                            No problema. I had to attach this to something, and your post was closest, nothing personal.

                                                                                                                          2. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                            MGZ Mar 5, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                            I had a friend in college, who although kind of a di*ck, was always good for plenty of gas money and emergency plastic, when we would head out on tour. Anytime he would get a certain degree of drunk in a public place - arena, stadium, bar, what have you - he would throw a dollar in a urinal. They always disappeared.

                                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                              Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                              Now, had it been a US $100, I could believe it. I mean that Texans, in general, would not stoop to pick up a US $1.00, on a clean street.


                                                                                                                            2. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                              HillsofBeverly Mar 4, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm intrigued and concerned - collective sandwich? Or just a "if you are really drinking too much and not eating enough, you need this" sandwich.

                                                                                                                              1. re: HillsofBeverly
                                                                                                                                linguafood Mar 4, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                I think it's meant to be collective, as it seems to disappear slowly over the course of an evening....

                                                                                                                            3. ChefJune Mar 1, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                              Maybe he was in a hurry????????? (EEEEEEEEEEEEuw!)

                                                                                                                              1. MGZ Mar 1, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                Wouldn't phase me - it's not like he took my sandwich in there with 'im. I'm sure I do sh*t that would gross a lot of you folks out. What difference does it make what another does?

                                                                                                                                I have a friend who routinely takes his laptop into the bathroom when he goes in for a sit. All good, but, needless to say, I don't check my e-mail from his machine very often.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jul 7, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  And how many times do you hear someone texting or taking a phone call while in a stall in the bathroom? Then going back out into the restaurant to eat....

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                                    Bill Hunt Jul 7, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                    I have not, BUT I do not spend THAT much time in stalls, my hearing is poor, and I do not pay attention to others, in such situations. What they do, behind closed doors, does not bother me, so long as they stay on THEIR side of things.


                                                                                                                                2. p
                                                                                                                                  pine time Mar 1, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                  Devil's advocate: we routinely brush our teeth with a brush that's kept in the bathroom. (Yes, a private bath, but nonetheless...)

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                    ttoommyy Mar 1, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                    "Devil's advocate: we routinely brush our teeth with a brush that's kept in the bathroom. (Yes, a private bath, but nonetheless...)"

                                                                                                                                    Many of my coworkers brush their teeth in the restrooms here at work. I could never do this.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 Mar 1, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                      better than in the sink in the breakroom.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                        DuchessNukem Mar 1, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                        Where else should I brush my teeth after lunch lol? Brush and spit in public fountains? Breakroom sink as sunshine asks? I work 12-hr shifts and I'm up-close with people, I think they'd appreciate some oral hygiene on my part.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: DuchessNukem
                                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Mar 1, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                          and let's face it - sometimes that garlic marinara really doesn't need to make its presence known at the afternoon staff meeting.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                            kpaxonite Jul 9, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                            hence lysterine.. for more hygienic for work! Plus, it doesn't make everyone grossed out... unless you gargle it I suppose haha

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpaxonite
                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Jul 9, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                              how many is "everyone"?

                                                                                                                                              Why is teethbrushing gross? Better than the sewer breath.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                Sooeygun Jul 10, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                I also don't understand why it's gross. Several people in my office brush their teeth after lunch. Why would anyone think good dental hygiene is gross?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sooeygun
                                                                                                                                                  Bill Hunt Jul 10, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I travel with a toothbrush, and use it, after every meal/snack, and properly clean the basin, in the RCC, or on the plane.

                                                                                                                                                  Once, in a universe far away, there was a little sign in the FC toilets, that asked one to clean up, and dry the sink, for the next passenger. Well, that is now long gone, and one normally encounters a sink with all sort of "stuff" in the sink.

                                                                                                                                                  Of course, that was back, before men flew intercontinental, in something better than sweaty gym shorts.

                                                                                                                                                  That was THEN, but this is now. Same for dining in restaurants - tank tops, wet bathing suites and flip-flops should be adequate.


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jul 11, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                    How interesting. I generally fly in cattle class like the other 99% tend to do, and in *every* bathroom I've encountered, those signs are still very much there.

                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps expectations for "FC" folks are lower.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                                      Bill Hunt Jul 12, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Once, it was not so. Today, I really do not know.

                                                                                                                                                      Still, regardless of the class cabin I am in, or even in bathrooms elsewhere, I clean the sink with a paper towel. Just the way that I am.

                                                                                                                                                      However, unless I know that there is no TP in the bathroom, and the sandwich is made with white bread, then I do NOT take a sandwich into the bathroom.


                                                                                                                                              2. re: kpaxonite
                                                                                                                                                kpaxonite Jul 10, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                I was specifically referring to the lunchroom sink... but yes the bathroom too, just as it is not appropriate for men to shave their beard at work. Toothpaste often goes all over... at lunch lysterine should be sufficient. Would you brush your teeth in a restaurant washroom? Didn't think so. Why not? It is off-putting- respect your coworkers.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kpaxonite
                                                                                                                                                  DuchessNukem Jul 10, 2013 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm actually able to brush without Jackson-Pollocking the entire bathroom, and I rinse the sink well after and wipe out any errant toothpaste that fell into the basin. And yes, I do brush in restaurant washrooms at times also. (But never in a breakroom sink.)

                                                                                                                                                  Spitting listerine into a sink basin could be just as messy as brushing. I don't think either is disrespectful to coworkers as long as one is neat and straightens up after.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DuchessNukem
                                                                                                                                                    sunshine842 Jul 11, 2013 04:04 AM


                                                                                                                                                    It would be bizarre indeed to brush one's teeth in the breakroom sink, but I've yet to see anyone over the age of about 6 who isn't capable of brushing their teeth without having toothpaste going all over (who in the world do you work with?).

                                                                                                                                                    And yes - if I had a meeting after lunch, you bet your sweet bippy I'll be brushing my teeth in the restaurant bathroom. I just haven't gotten around to having a sink installed in the front seat of my car.

                                                                                                                                                    Adults are expected to clean up after themselves-- whether it's an errant blob of toothpaste or they've peed on the seat.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                      bobbert Jul 11, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                      "Adults are expected to clean up after themselves-"

                                                                                                                                                      True, but my experience with the typical breakroom is that one or two individuals end up cleaning up after many slobs. Then there's the breakroom refrigerator. There's often many science experiments taking place behind that particular door.
                                                                                                                                                      I was recently in a not-so-cheap cafe toilet where, when going to wash my hands, found myself waiting for a guy to finish washing his FEET in the sink. I rarely leave a toilet without at least rinsing my hands. This was one of those times.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                        Veggo Jul 11, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                        The errant blob of toothpaste on the seat is creepy.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo
                                                                                                                                                          Bill Hunt Jul 12, 2013 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                          That is why I clean the surrounding area - no toothpaste, and nothing else for fellow passengers, or the next user of the facility.

                                                                                                                                                          Just be neat!


                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                          DuchessNukem Jul 11, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                          All the cool peeps are getting this, sunshine:

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DuchessNukem
                                                                                                                                                            ricepad Jul 11, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                            What, you didn't spring for the optional bidet at the same time??

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ricepad
                                                                                                                                                              DuchessNukem Jul 11, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                              It's a small duchy that we oversee, and our main export is tumbleweeds. The car-sink quite depleted our coffers. Frankly, it looks like another season of turnip wine for our formal dinners.

                                                                                                                                                              But each diner will have a toothbrush and a mini-tube of toothpaste in their place-setting.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: DuchessNukem
                                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Jul 11, 2013 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                              good Lord. What the...wait, what?!

                                                                                                                                                              I never cease to be amazed by the other inhabitants of this planet. (even if I question their sanity....)

                                                                                                                                                        3. re: kpaxonite
                                                                                                                                                          Bill Hunt Jul 12, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Plenty of reasons to clean up, after one's self.


                                                                                                                                                2. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                  ttoommyy Mar 1, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                  It takes all kinds.

                                                                                                                                                  I knew 1 or 2 kids who ate their lunches in bathroom stalls in high school because they were bullied so much.

                                                                                                                                                  Maybe this guy was one of those kids and it's a hard habit to break? I doubt it though.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                    scubadoo97 Mar 1, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Cultures taken from toothbrush bristles in the bathroom have turned up some pretty nasty organisms.

                                                                                                                                                    Remember that the things you are trying to avoid are atomized into the air when you flush.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: scubadoo97
                                                                                                                                                      ttoommyy Mar 2, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Put the lid down. That's what it's for.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                                        taos Mar 2, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        And also keep your toothbrush in a closed medicine cabinet or drawer when not in use, not out out the counter.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: taos
                                                                                                                                                          ttoommyy Mar 3, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Correct. Common sense. No?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                                            sunshine842 Mar 3, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I agree with you, but given the rest of the thread, perhaps not.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: taos
                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Mar 3, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Wow. Looks like we're gonna die at casa lingua. We have free-range toothbrushes.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                                              bulavinaka Mar 3, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                              And what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: scubadoo97
                                                                                                                                                          Midknight Mar 4, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                          No, they're not.
                                                                                                                                                          Those cultures that are found on tested toothbrushes? Those nasty organisms would be getting come from your mouth, not from the vapour in the air. It's your, and everyone else's, mouth that are filthy. A warm, moist space open to the outside. I shudder to find the bacteria's found in this thing. :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Midknight
                                                                                                                                                            sunshine842 Mar 4, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                            It's pretty famous by now, but a few years ago a middle-schooler did a science-fair project on bacteria counts in human mouths versus dog mouths.

                                                                                                                                                            The dog mouths were cleaner.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                              Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I would agree with that, if one were to culture one of my Bulldogs, that is.


                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Midknight
                                                                                                                                                              scubadoo97 Mar 4, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                              <Those nasty organisms would be getting come from your mouth>

                                                                                                                                                              Yeah those too

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Midknight
                                                                                                                                                                Sooeygun Mar 4, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I recall a Mythbusters where they tested this. All toothbrushes, including the controls were 'toothpasted' and rinsed each day. Even the controls that were stored in a cupboard in the office had fecal coliform on them. But none at levels for concern.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sooeygun
                                                                                                                                                                  Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Just WHAT are some people doing with their toothbrushes!?!?!


                                                                                                                                                              2. re: scubadoo97
                                                                                                                                                                ttoommyy Mar 4, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                "Remember that the things you are trying to avoid are atomized into the air when you flush."

                                                                                                                                                                And with every breath we take inhaled as we are standing there as the toilet is flushing. Some things you cannot escape and still, the human race carries on....

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                                                  scubadoo97 Mar 4, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  You are correct. I'm no germaphobe.

                                                                                                                                                                  you body will take care of the most of it.

                                                                                                                                                                  The problem with surfaces and objects is that unlike our body there is no immune system to counter the organisms and they do multiply to levels that the body may not be able to handle once exposed. Rare but possible

                                                                                                                                                                  The human race carries on but some are left by the wayside. But not by eating a sandwich in the bathroom

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: scubadoo97
                                                                                                                                                                    Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Unless the sandwich was wrapped in a newspaper, that I had not read, I cannot think of even one reason to do that.


                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ttoommyy
                                                                                                                                                                    Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe that is why I seldom do a "deep inhale," when in the potty.


                                                                                                                                                                2. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                  mojoeater Mar 1, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  We haven't kept our tooth brushes in the bathroom for years - ever since a particularly disturbing science program regarding 'fecal fume.'

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mojoeater
                                                                                                                                                                    pine time Mar 2, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    This is also why a washer and dryer in the kitchen is an ick to me. Read some scientific article about the ... um, "stuff" on dirty sheets and towels.

                                                                                                                                                                    I know some apartment setups don't allow for placement of the w&d elsewhere, but can't imagine choosing to design a home with that setup.

                                                                                                                                                                    Just my 2 cents.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 Mar 2, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      an enormous percentage of Europe doesn't seem to mind. It's normal to have the washing machine in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                                        pine time Mar 2, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I've seen that on House Hunters International--it was the first time I had seen it. Still is an ick for me, however, and I'm usually not that squeamish.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                        Hobbert Mar 2, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        The washer/dryer in my house is in a little closet off the kitchen. Literally, a tiny closet- the door has to stay open to open the washer or dryer. I just carry my clothes down and chuck them straight in from the laundry basket. Never occurred to me to think it was unsanitary.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                          taos Mar 2, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          My washer and dryer are in my kitchen. That's where the hookups were when I moved in.

                                                                                                                                                                          Dirty (or clean, for that matter) laundry does not get near the food or food preparation area. Laundry goes direclty from the hamper in the bedroom to the washer and then is brought back to the bedroom right from the dryer and folded there.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                            alwayshungrygal Jul 6, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            My mother's washing machine is in the kitchen, right next to the sink (and it's a tiny kitchen to begin with, no counterspace at all). In her apartment, there was literally no other place for it. If she didn't have her own washing machine, she would have had to schlep all the laundry down to the basement of the building. With 4 kids, the washing machine was a lifesaver.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mojoeater
                                                                                                                                                                            Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Luckily, our WC is separate, and detached from the Master Bath, where the toothbrushes are stored. It would take about 20', for the "germs" to travel to them. Still, if one of us has a cold, we throw away the older toothbrushes, and replace them.


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                                                                                                                                                                              rccola Mar 7, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Uh, flush with lid down or while still sitting as protection?

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                                                                                                                                                                                ttoommyy Mar 8, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Exactly. That is what the lid is for. Isn't this just common sense?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Mar 8, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Depends - considering the nature of this thread, another use might be a place to put one's coffee and sandwich while pulling up one's pants or skirt. :O

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sunshine842 Mar 8, 2013 01:52 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                    If you have to pull up your skirt after you're done, you're doin' it wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rccola Mar 8, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Shhhh--don't embarrass the beginners! =)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        bulavinaka Mar 8, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bowing my head in shame. Is that the figurative same as closing the lid?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        bulavinaka Mar 8, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's what I get for attempting politcal correctness and not thinking it through! Well, I'm wondering that bringing one's lunch into the john is doing it all wrong, so a skirted individual doing so might be doing that wrong as well, no? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          rccola Mar 9, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          On SO many levels!

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                                                                                                                                                                              jlhinwa Mar 1, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Nasty. Just nasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                wasny Mar 1, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Don't shit where you eat, literally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Mar 3, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I guess the reverse isn't true though, at least for that guy...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    INDIANRIVERFL Jul 6, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Cattle have no problem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rccola Jul 7, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ah, but cattle NEED to fertilize as they go. We do not.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Davwud Mar 1, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    A Costanza moment if there ever was one.


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                                                                                                                                                                                      cleobeach Mar 1, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Blah! Too funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have never been moved to eat in my own bathroom, I can't imagine needing to eat in a public restroom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        PotatoHouse Mar 2, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        "I have never been MOVED to eat in my own bathroom, I can't imagine needing to eat in a public restroom."

                                                                                                                                                                                        How Freudian of you. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 1, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      You can put a mule in a tuxedo, he's still a mule.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Baskerville Mar 1, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        All part of the great Circle of Life.

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