Whether public or private, every bathroom you walk into has some sort of handwashing facility. Sometimes they are dirty, sometimes they are clean. Once in a while there is no soap and other times there is no hot water. However there is always a sink. Even portapotties have hand sanitizer or little pump sink stations outside. So please explain to me, why people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom?
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a very public area where there are no homes and only businesses and public restrooms (I will not specifically name this place to protect the owners and not deter others from visiting. It was well worth the trip, even with all the gross non-handwashers.) This place, like many others, had beautiful restrooms which were nicely decorated, incredibly clean and lacked nothing that any great public restroom needs to have, i.e. toilet paper, soap and hot water, I don’t need a towel man and perfume. 🙂
Anyway, here I am using the restrooms at these great places and I begin to notice a theme amongst the people around me (for those of you who are my friends and reading this, I am not referring to any of you), no one was washing their hands. Maybe for the sake of an argument I will say one person out of six actually washed, but overall I really did not see anyone cleaning their hands.
In the restrooms where there were multiple stalls, I would stand at the sink washing my hands and watch people come out of the toilet stalls and head straight for the door. Or if the bathroom happened to be a one-person restroom, I would notice things like the garbage was empty–not a single paper towel–and the sink was dry. Do all of these people carry around hand sanitizer and put it on before they leave the restroom? I doubt it.
All of this was seriously grossing me out and I thought I was going to go crazy. I felt like I had cleaned my hands and I still had to suffer because all of these people lacked proper hygiene and cleanliness.
Look at it this way. I may not get anything on me, I definitely don’t pee on my hands, but do you want me to go to the bathroom, wipe, place my hands on a toilet handle touched by a countless amount of people, not wash my hands and then go, oh I don’t know, sample food with the rest of you? Maybe cook something for you? This one is my favorite–shake your hand and introduce myself to you with my filthy, germy, hand?
Is it just me or do the rest of you find this disgusting? I know I am a little extreme to the point that I have a hard time when a restroom does not have paper towels and instead has a hand dryer. You see I want to grab an extra paper towel to open the door with and then I hold the door with my foot while I toss the paper towel in the trash. I like to protect myself from the germs others leave on the door by not washing their hands. I also carry around hand sanitizer everywhere I go. Always. For me, for my kids, for anyone, really. Even our four children have hand sanitizer that we send with them to school and on all of their adventures. So don’t get me wrong, I know I am on the OCD end of this spectrum, but I really don’t understand why other people think it is acceptable to not wash their hands after using the restroom.
So what do I do when I get home, I of course start looking up all the reasons why people do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
Laziness, it the biggest reason and by far my favorite. They simply do not want to take their precious time to wash their filthy hands. Because we all know it takes such a very long time to wash your hands. For these people, it is apparently completely acceptable to them to leave the restroom unwashed, unsanitized and head on back out to mingle with people and touch food and other shared objects. PEOPLE LAZINESS IS NOT AN EXCUSE!!!! If you fall into this category, please, PLEASE, invest in a bottle of hand sanitizer–seriously, they’re less than a dollar and almost always in stock at virtually any store–and let people see you with it in your hand as you are exiting the restroom. You may not think it matters but it does. There were a few of you that I kept my eye on over the weekend and when I saw the lack of sanitation, the snottiness in me came out and I avoided you like you had the plague.
“The Necessity Factor.” What is that, you say? Well this is where people determine whether it is necessary or not. For example, “I just went pee and I did not pee on myself.” Ladies, my question for you, “did you wipe and/or touch the handle on the door, and/or flush?” Come on now, do we really justify things like this? I am sorry but male or female I don’t care. Men, you are not excused either, I don’t want to touch your hand that was just on your penis even if you did not pee on yourself. You can come up with every excuse in the book and I will still think you are wrong. At some point during your visit to the bathroom you touched something that was not clean and even if you don’t think it is a necessity, out of respect for others it should be a necessity for them.
Hypochondria, is another leading cause for people to not wash their hands. I understand that there are people out there who have extreme fears of contracting diseases and I am not belittling them in the slightest. I am convinced that there are many sinks out there that are dirtier than the toilet they are next to, and with that said, I can clearly see why you would not want to touch that. However, if this is really the reason they are not washing their hands and they truly have a great concern for contracting something in the restroom, why do we not see them with their bottles of sanitizer out?
These excuses are ridiculous. I have to admit, after seeking an answer to my question I have yet to find one that is a good excuse. To be honest, I do not think there is any excuse for not washing your hands.
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