‘Rest’ room

Having spent as much time in various facilities as I have lately, several questions have come to mind. I’d like to get some input.

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Why would you install polished faux-marble tiles on a bathroom floor? Large ones – maybe 12″x12″ – with a reflective surface? And overhead lighting? Do you see where I’m going here? God only knows what else you can see…

Clarification: The bathroom at my office has shiny tiles. Stacey, so does the public restroom in the food court at Park Meadows. You can see the person in the stall next to you reflected in the tiles (and they can ostensibly see you too). I don’t look on purpose, but much activity conducted in a bathroom stall involves looking down, and I can’t help but notice my neighbor’s ass poised on the bowl. LOOK AWAY!

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If someone is already occupying the first stall, do you enter the stall that is immediately adjacent, or do you give them a little breathing room and take the third stall – or maybe even the fourth?

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5-15-04 Istanbul – Sultanahmet – Squatter at Internet CafeIf you enter the facility and spy someone else’s feet in the far stall but hear no activity, do you assume that they might be in some sort of gastrointestinal distress and would greatly appreciate having the facility to themselves, and so you take care of your own non-distressing business as quickly as possible? Or do you take your time…read the comics…fluff and smooth your hair…reapply your lipstick…wash your hands twice to be extra-sanitary…and finish just in time to start a fifteen-minute conversation with the next person who enters the facility?

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Finally, do you talk on your cell phone in the bathroom? ANY bathroom. Where the person on the other end of the line is forced to hear all sounds emanating from that bathroom.

For the love of god – someone PLEASE explain to me why people talk on their cell phones in the bathroom.

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Any and all input is welcomed, as well as your own seemingly unanswerable restroom questions.

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