Jan 282011

Admittedly, I drink a lot of water at work and, of course, this makes me need to pee a lot. My co-workers all joke as they need to cover for me while I escape to relieve myself and I am sure they are not signing off for a few minutes to make sure our clients are well taken care of.

What my co-worker’s don’t realize is that every time I enter the three stall washroom I ponder a very important aspect of life – which stall should I use and what does it say about me?

Often times I use the far one as I don’t want the center one in case someone else comes in. I figure we can give each other a little bit of privacy while we “tinkle”, urinate, “drain”, pee, etc. and appreciate the person who comes in next to take the third stall instead of the one right beside me. I think the guys at the urinals would agree to this form of respect.

And when I follow someone in and all the stalls are empty I am curious to discover which one the person ahead of me will choose. When they take the center one, leaving me no choice but to “tinkle” beside them, I wonder if they like to be the center of attention. Maybe their choice is completely random, maybe they’ve had cleaner luck with the center one, maybe it says a lot about them – who knows, I’m certainly not a psychologist.

That’s another thing. When you enter a stall that’s not flushed or has residue on the seat, do you flush, clean off the seat and continue the process of visiting the washroom or do you choose another stall? Does this method change if others are in the washroom?

I’m always more relieved when I enter and the seats up – indicating I’m the first one using it after it’s been cleaned. Maybe this is a practical joke by the last person who used the toilet, instilling a confidence in the next person that it’s especially clean, but I hope not.

Now that I’ve given you some things to think about, the next time you go to relieve yourself in a public washroom hopefully you’ll be relieved to know that you’re not the only one who thinks like this.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

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