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Toilet etiquette

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dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 16:32:08

I was going to name change for this but didn't want anyone thinking I was the poo troll.

The women's loos at work has seven cubicles. I needed a poo and hate going at work. So I got to the loos and it was empty, result. I chose the end cubicle and sat down. I heard the main door open and someone came in. Out of the six remaining loos whoever it was chose the only one next to mine and started straining loudly.

Am I being unreasonable to think that it is only good manners to choose one of the five cubicles that don't adjoin the only other occupied loo?

NashvilleQueen Sat 28-May-16 16:33:43

YANBU. It's like in an empty cinema when people come and sit in the seat next to you. No need.

Oysterbabe Sat 28-May-16 16:36:28

Who does this?! Some people are just fucking weird.

dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 16:36:33

It's bizarre, even when I am just having a wee there, nine times out of ten someone does the same thing. I just don't get it.

LupoLoopy Sat 28-May-16 16:38:29

Asked the wife to confirm, just to make sure I wasn't offering a mansplaination.

Always go to the furthest cubical/urinal away, unless it is mechanically failing.

Some people are W E I R D.

dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 16:41:13

I'm glad it's not just me then!

NorbertDentressangle Sat 28-May-16 16:47:36

YANBU people should never use the one immediately next to the occupied one.

It's the same with treadmills at the gym - I always leave at least one empty machine between me and the nearest occupied one.

Ditto car parks (although I can guarantee that even if I park in an almost empty car park someone will always park right next to me....why??)

Roobix04 Sat 28-May-16 16:49:10

Same with bus seats and at the cinema. Keep a polite space.

ilovesooty Sat 28-May-16 16:50:01

Perhaps I'm strange. I never even notice whether people use the next cubicle to me and if I do I never think about it.

dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 16:52:42

The beach is another one. There is a beautiful sandy beach nearby. It's a bugger to get to but is usually empty. Last year we had it all to ourselves one morning until a family came along and sathe 10ft away. Why would you do that?

DuckAndPancakes Sat 28-May-16 16:54:28

This massively bothers me. I have public toilet anxiety, if that's even a thing, so it freaks me out having someone so close when going and I'm only thinking of a wee. Don't enter the next cubicle unless absolutely necessary.

emmalimesmom Sat 28-May-16 16:54:40

maybe the other toilets were filthy ive gone into a toilet only to find some one hasnt flushed or dirty toilet roll on the floor and walked straight back out

on a lighter note maybe she was hoping that she would finish before you and and if anyone came in the waft was coming from your direction grin

MeadowHay Sat 28-May-16 16:57:10

YANBU, that is weird and I wouldn't be able to do my shit afterwards probably as I get awful shit shyness.

dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 16:59:17

No manky other toilets. I have only ever found one unpleasant toilet since I have worked there.

Olddear Sat 28-May-16 17:01:31

Oh, I hate that too!!

WeirdAndPissedOff Sat 28-May-16 17:02:35

I can never understand when people do this! Though I'm especially fussy at work in that I won't do a poo in a bathroom if there's already someone in there. blush

Only thing I can think of is that maybe the one next to you is nicer? We have 2 cubicles per toilet, and since one has a window and a sanitary disposal bin everyone uses that one. Or perhaps the others were not as clean as a pp suggested.
I think some people just don't think anything of it, though.

Jasonandyawegunorts Sat 28-May-16 17:03:40

Maybe it's a neatness thing.... using them in order....

I'll give myself a biscuit and leave the thread.

honkinghaddock Sat 28-May-16 17:07:13

Perhaps she likes to use the end one so since you were in it, the one next to it is the next best thing.

IfTheCapFitsWearIt Sat 28-May-16 17:12:32

Same with camping/caravaning, if it's just a plain farmers field.

Go into a completely empty field, set up start spreading out. Then inevitable along comes someone else, and pitches up right next to youconfused

dillydotty Sat 28-May-16 17:14:21

The cubicles are all identical and perfectly clean (which I am eternally grateful for after working with a load of dirty bastards in my last job).

RubbishMantra Sat 28-May-16 17:17:11

Perhaps they were just being friendly? grin

Albadross Sat 28-May-16 17:29:28

Norbert my DH is always moaning because I park next to a car in an empty car park... I think it's like when you go to a spin class and nobody will sit right in front of the instructor - you're just meant to fill up from one place, no?

As we're talking poo, how do you address the 'you've just heard my poo hitting the water and now I have to come out of the cubicle and hope nobody else heard' awkwardness?

littleshirleybeans Sat 28-May-16 17:34:16


You put loo roll down the loo first to minimise the sound! grin

ScreenshottingIsNotJournalism Sat 28-May-16 17:36:20

I read somewhere that statistically people are most likely to go to the last few cubicles. The first cubicles are rarely used. So if you want extra clean cublicles with more personal space, go to door no1!

if you go to the last cubicle you'll most likely get next door company, there's something about shitting away from the door that make people like the far corner.. I dunno..

PirateJones Sat 28-May-16 17:43:27

There's something about shitting away from the door that make people like the far corner.. I dunno..

Animal instincts i suppose, animals also like the far corner of the room.

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