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Jan 28, 2014 09:11 AM

Would you be grossed out by this?

About a week ago, I dined at a fairly popular Midtown restaurant. The restrooms at this place consist of about 6 individual rooms, i.e., no communal door, you have your own toilet, sink, etc. Three are designated for women, three are designated for men. They were all in use when I went to use them, and about a minute later a male cook in chef's whites came flying out of one of the women's rooms and ran back into the kitchen. When I went into the bathroom, the seat was down, and there was urine all over the seat and on the floor. And I mean aaaaall over, like he was trying to put out a fire. The cook was in a real hurry from the way he ran back into the kitchen. Considering the seat was down and he hadn't bothered to even pretend to clean up after himself, I would say it's possible that he didn't wash his hands. Note: POSSIBLE. No way to know for sure, I know. Should I have said something to the manager? (this was at the end of my meal, luckily...)

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  1. You absolutely should have let the manager know that the women's rest room was filthy and had urine on the floor.
    Whether or not you wanted to discuss the male cook is up to you. For all you know he may have encountered a mess left from a previous occupant.........................

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    1. re: bagelman01

      That could be why he rushed out! Never assume.

      1. re: bagelman01

        'I don't know if your male employee told you, because he left the room right before I got there, but the washroom is filthy.' Then let the manager draw his/her own conclusions.

      2. I agree to say something to the manager, but think twice about singling someone out who may or may not have made the mess.
        Something to note to the manager is whether or not there is a sign reminding workers to wash their hands. It could be a way of bringing up the subject without point a ahem, finger.

        eta: yes, it does gross me out and ladies are just as bad as men, many times. Sit your princess ass on the toilet. You won't get pregnant, and you won't leave urine sprayed all over the seat for me to clean up or unwittingly sit upon.

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        1. re: monavano

          I've had to clean a lot of restaurant washrooms. The women's room has almost always been worse than the men's. By a lot.

          1. re: LexiFirefly

            I have to chime in and concur. Over my dozens of years in the business at the end of the night when it comes to turning off the lights or just inspecting the rest rooms, 9 out of 10 times the ladies room is a wreck.

            Not being a woman myself I'm not exactly sure how accurate the entire "hover" method is, however I imagine it being about as effective as those water gun games at the boardwalk, where the clown head moves side to side and the balloon over his head fills, the first to pop wins. Yes, that's how I imagine the hover method works in ladies rooms.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              Very funny, and accurate! Perhaps I should start a ladies lavatory PSA campaign; Cover, Don't Hover.

              The More You Know ;-)

              1. re: monavano

                Interesting, my ass has never rotted off from sitting on a foreign toilet seat , covered of course!

                1. re: cstr

                  I discovered this little beauty in the men's room of my office. I think there is a part Condor part Man somewhere in my building. Look at this nest, honestly look at it! Just how paranoid of a world does someone live in if they take this much time and effort to protect themselves while pooping? Seriously ask yourself that, how does this person cross a street, drive a car or survive a lightening/thunder storm?

                  Again, this was in a men's room, I was so impressed like discovery a Mayan ruin, I just left this untouched for future generations to discover in awe.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Where's the Purell bottle, they may need to rub down before sitting!

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      reminds me of that scene in american pie.

                2. re: jrvedivici

                  I have the hover method rather perfected for when it's necessary, but most of the time I just sit.

            2. I would have been completely grossed out by urine everywhere and would definitely have mentioned it to someone. But agree with others, don't indict someone when you don't know who made the mess.

              1. Always possible that the chef had discovered the state of the toilet and had rushed back to get it dealt with, rather than being the culprit. But, yes, I would have mentioned the state of the area to the manager.

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                1. re: Harters

                  What a nice conclusion to draw, rather than the negative ones to which we usually jump.

                2. Yuck. I would definitely have mentioned the state of the toilet to the manager, but probably not identified the chef as you didn't actually see him do it.