Now I can only confirm this has become an issue in men’s rooms, but may also be a problem in ladies rooms too. There is a growing trend of people not flushing the toilets and urinals in men’s bathrooms after they have used them. More often than not when I walk into a bathroom there is waste waiting there to greet me. Kind of a “Hello, you need to flush me before you use me” situation. No I am not talking about someone blew their nose and threw the small wad in there and it is just floating around in the bowl.
No, I am talking about someone used, or overused the toilet, finished their business, got up and left it for the world to see. Or they have walked up to a urinal, relieved themselves and went “Look at the pretty yellow color; I am going to leave that for the next guy to enjoy as much as I did.”
At first I thought it was because there has been an increase in automatic systems in many public restrooms and people are just assuming that it will flush on its own when they step away; and even with those you do have to occasionally press the little black button to manually flush. But it really does seem there is a conscious effort to just leave the toilet in a foul state.
The other day I mentioned this to one of my coworkers and he said. “Yeah I am guilty of that. I don’t want to touch the handle because it’s dirty.” Then I asked him if he washed his hands after he went and he said “Yes, every time.” I reminded him the same “dirt” that is on the handle of the toilet is also on the sink and the door to the bathroom too, and he protested that it was not the same.
Actually he is right, those knobs and handles usually have even more things on them than the toilet flipper, but I digress.
People… flush the damn toilet! Just because you are afraid to add a little dirt to the hands that you plan to wash in a few seconds anyway, does not give you the right to let your filth sit and fester in the toilet for the next person to have to deal with.
And if you really think it is so great to see it and you just want to share it with someone, take out your camera phone and snap a picture of it before you flush it. You can then e-mail it to everyone that you know. At least a picture does not smell like crap, or fermenting urine.