Web Watch was talking with a friend of ours the other day, and they had this to share about their home bathroom experience:
It’s my belief that while at home, the person who uses the toilet last is obligated to ensure that they leave the bowl clean for the next occupant. It should not be the obligation of the next in line to take care of business for the previous pooper.
They then went on a rant about how their partner doesn’t give the bowl a second look while on their way out the door, leaving any extraneous flushing and/or plunging to someone else.
This ended up turning into a huge argument between the two of them that night, which – while slightly uncomfortable to witness firsthand – will be an amusing discussion topic amongst the Web Watch circle for years to come. One side comment along the way was
I’d rather stick my own hand in the water than have someone else plunge my poo.
Which reminds us of another question regarding how much one should tip the hotel maintenance staff for having to make an after-hours plunger delivery to ones hotel room. We were told $10 was the going rate, but something tells me you could get by with just $5.
But we digress.
All this brings up whether there should be a need for written (or stated) bathroom etiquete rules for home (or the office)?
One would think that these things would be self-evident as a common courtesy for the next person. Even those who live alone, we’re sure, will take a moment to check before leaving – if only, for the very least, that they don’t have to be concerned about it the next time they have to use the toilet later that day.
Well, have you heard about the INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR BATHROOM ETIQUETTE? Yup, they’re the #1 source for #2 style, and all they want to do is improve the bathroom experience for everyone.
And they have their own list of AT HOME rules that you can take into consideration:
- If you live alone, do what you want
- Leave the seat down
- Learn to aim
- Close the door
- Don’t pee in the shower (not just a man thing – studies that show that women do, in fact, pee in the shower)
- Use the fan
- Replace the toilet paper
Some of the other topics that they’ve tackled include Urinal Etiquette, Women’s Bathroom Issues, Talking in the Bathroom, and what to do when you encounter a public bathroom that lacks stall doors and/or walls.
They do sum up that all of their etiquette tips and techniques can be thrown out the window if you run the risk of peeing in your pants instead. At that point, all etiquette can be safely ignored and you may pee freely.