Now wash your hands

We were all taught way back in primary school that after using the lavatory, we should wash our hands.

This is not a matter of personal hygiene, it’s a matter of the hygiene of everyone who has used that particular toilet and with whom you have shared germs.

Remember, a lot of nasty illnesses are accompanied by irregular bowel movements, so it stands to reason that shared toilets are going to be covered in nasties.

Now, with that in mind, why is it that whatever shared toilet facilities I find myself in, whether in a dingy bar, a posh restaurant or even an office building, it seems to be fewer than 50% of men that actually wash their hands before leaving the room and spreading whatever they’ve caught to everything and everyone they touch?

Is this a cultural thing? Is it the same in other countries? What about ladies?


Disgusted from Leeds.


  1. Alan Hayward
    Jun 28, 2011

    must I remind you of the "considerate" page on the old office wiki… 🙂

  2. Norman Baumann
    Jun 28, 2011

    This note makes me laugh 🙂 I've been complaining about this since I started at Transitive. It seems to be an "english thing", isn't it?

  3. Robert Clarke
    Jun 28, 2011

    Never mind washing your hands, what about the significant minority of men who just piss all over the floor of any public toilet?!

  4. Rich Daley
    Jun 28, 2011

    Robert Clarke: Oh don't get me started. These two will tell you what that was like in the last office. In ours it's because of the leaky urinal, though.

  5. Rich Daley
    Jun 28, 2011

    Norman Baumann: I'm glad to hear it doesn't exist in the same way in Germany & Spain.

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