When nature calls

January 2nd, 2008 · 128 comments

I thought it was pretty crazy when Jessie sent in this sign from a thrift store in Wilmington, North Carolina a few months years back…

PLEASE DO NOT USE DRESSING ROOMS AS A RESTROOM IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY ASK FOR MANAGER. No utilice por favor los cuartos de preparacion como banos. En caso de que una emergencia, pida encargado.

Then Ashley sent in this eerily similar note from a thrift store in Barnegat, New Jersey. “The first time I noticed it, there was only one note,” Ashley says. “Weeks later, when I came back to photograph it, they had added a second. Obviously, just the one note on the door wasn’t getting the point across. How do they know that the perp doesn’t only speaks French? That could be the reason for the recurring problem.”

This is NOT a restroom. If you have an urgent necessary JUST ASK. You can use our restroom.

And still, it continues!

Alice saw one at a thrift store in Tennessee…

When I catch the low life piece of trash (And I will) using my dressing room to urineate in, instead of the bathroom, I will have you arrested. You are a vile, disgusting person and if you don't like this message, Come See Me! Owner Mangr

Caity in New Orleans spotted another at Goodwill in Covington, Louisiana…

THIS IS NOT A RESTROOM.  Ask cashier for directions to restroom.  DO NOT use fitting room to use for restroom.  Management

And now this, from Stephanie in Wichita, Kansas. Says Stephanie: “For years at our neighborhood DAV thrift store there’s been a dressing room that has smelled like pee. Turns out we weren’t imagining it!”

Please Don't Use Our Dressing Rooms As A Bathroom....Thank You

Seriously, what is it about thrift store fitting rooms?

related: This is why your postal worker is disgruntled

FILED UNDER: Kansas · Louisiana · New Jersey · North Carolina · piss · retail hell · shit · Tennessee · that's disgusting · Wilmington · WTF?


128 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Writerrejected bang

    What could this possibly mean? You go into the fitting room to try on some G-Star Jeans and you take a little emergency dump in the corner under the lights that make you look beyond dead and next to the mirror that makes you look fatter than fat? Now I remember all over again why I hate shopping.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   durian

      I think you’ve got that one pinned, writerrejected. I wonder which is worse as a dieting choice in this situation. Laxatives or bulimia? The thrift store clientele obviously choose the first.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 12:06 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   GVI bang

    What if the person is blind and has a serious case of the runs.

    I feel for the person who had to clean up the mess though.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   anglophile bang

    I’ve heard of this. It seems to happen everywhere. *shudder*

    And I don’t think the problem will be solved by putting up a sign in French, Russian, or Croatian, either!

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Writerrejected bang

    But wouldn’t the missing toilet be a clue? Even a blind person would know a bathroom from a fitting room, no?

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   GVI bang

      My guess is that they come along a stall and automatically assume its a bathroom and just go about their business. But that’s just me.

      Jan 2, 2008 at 11:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   blaine

      people use fitting rooms for toilets all the time. i worked in retail for 2 years and i can’t tell you how many times people crap in there. thats not the bad part though. they do it on the clothes, clean themselves off with clothes. psychotic

      Jul 13, 2009 at 8:02 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   bethie

      *faints*

      Feb 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Team Cassandra bang

    Some people are so silly – it’s very easy to see that it’s not a bank! Silly people!

    Also, its all well and good that I can’t have an emergency nap in there but then, I don’t usually sleep where I pee…

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Staci

    I’ve seen similar signs at tanning salons in each room. What’s wrong with people?!

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Wade bang

    If you have ever been in thrift store fitting room, you would know why it is easy to mistake it for a restroom.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   WanderingPenguin bang

    So….is the first note saying that you can’t use the dressing room as a bathroom… but if it’s a real emergency… you can use a manager? Yikes. Perhaps this thread should be: “this is why your manager is cranky”.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Sloper

    Scheisse! Wo gibt’s denn ein Klo in diesem verdammt Saftladen?

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Ariadne bang

      LOL! – the Babelfish translation of the above comment came out as – “Shit! Where gibt’s does a Klo in this condemn juice shop?”

      Jan 3, 2008 at 10:19 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   WickedLady bang

      It’s actually “Shit! Where’s the toilet is this damned juice shop?”.
      I knew German classes would pay off eventually. :P

      Jan 3, 2008 at 10:42 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Wade bang

      Isn’t “juice shop” German slang for a crappy store?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Shane

      I like the “Where gibt’s does a Klo?” statement. I ask myself that all the time.

      Seriously though, haven’t you ever had the urgent need when you’re halfway done trying on someone else’s discarded rags? I know I have.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   yo

      Hahahahaha, I’m a first-year German student and I read that as “juice store,” too :)

      Jan 14, 2008 at 11:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   WanderingPenguin bang

    Maybe they should be building their fitting rooms out of the same material as this place. Then it wouldn’t be so easy for someone to “drop the kids off at the pool” without anyone hearing them.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   tragically mep bang

      But that euphemism doesn’t work in this case.

      Sorry kids, there’s no pool here! Oh well, go swim in some stinky unwashed clothes.

      :)

      Jan 3, 2008 at 8:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      Unless you think of a thrift store as a place where there is an endless pool of donated clothes to be perused.

      Ok, it’s a reach. Sue me. :D

      Jan 3, 2008 at 9:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   tragically mep bang

      Ok, I’ll accept that.

      Perhaps it is also a cesspool (of sewage).

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   WanderingPenguin bang

      Ooo. I like that a lot better. :D

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   morpho aurora bang

    unless you are under the age of 3, you should know you aren’t in a bathroom – i think people who do this are just so disgusting they don’t care.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Laurie

      It reminds me of a related phenomenon. A co-worker of a friend of mine stood in front of the bank of sinks in a public restroom, stark naked giving herself a sponge bath.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   mere bang

      a co-worker FRIEND of yours?! now THAT’S comedy!!

      Jan 3, 2008 at 9:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      I think that read, “a co-worker of a friend” of hers. Not quite as funny, perhaps. ;)

      Jan 3, 2008 at 9:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   mere bang

      well, crap.. you’re right wp. not as funny.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 11:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   WanderingPenguin bang

      And certainly not as funny as crazy italics day. Sorry about that.

      Oh, look! A preview button….

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   raiseyourglass

      Laurie , omg I had a coworker do that at my job! She always worked late and had “cleints” in the offfice when no one else was in the building. Rumor mill had been going on about her for months…anyway the office prude walked in on her, when she had one leg up on the sink washing herself and all her glory. I thought the prude was going to have a heart attack that day…LOL
      ahh memories…

      Jan 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Wade bang

    Perhaps the mad bomber, driven from public restrooms everywhere, has been reduced to visiting thrift store fitting rooms.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Sunshine

    I worked in a thrift store about ten years ago and it’s amazing just how many people will use the fitting room as a bathroom. Our dressing room “doors” were curtains and people would use those as toilet paper. I think my hatred for people developed at this job.

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:31 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   anglophile bang

      Yep. That would do it all right. :D

      Jan 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   GVI bang

      DAMN!!! So those bastards just go around shitting and pissing everywhere…I would hate to see their homes.

      Jan 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      Now, now… at least they aren’t washing their hair in the sink!

      Jan 2, 2008 at 11:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Laurie

      See comment 11.1 above.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Crash bang

    ehem…MANAGER…!?!
    I NEED MORE TOILET PAPER !!!!

    8)

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   pickle bang

    Actually, it happens a lot in department stores, too. My mother (who worked at Macy’s) said some people would take in heaps of expensive clothes, pile them up and pee all over them. Maybe it’s some kind of disgusting protest?

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Laurie

      Maybe it’s a fetish.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Writerrejected bang

      Or an illness?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Canthz_B bang

      Contrarestroomomania?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 7:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Ralphy

    Well, when I have that kind of an emergency, who has time to ask for a manager. Whats he going to do, cup his hands for me. Anyway, after a good dump, those hand-me-down jeans look sooooo much better.
    It seems, with the second sign, our manager has been demoted from toilet to God knows what. No thanks on that job offer!!!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Crash bang

      brown noser….maybe….?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 1:51 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      Ew. Nice. :D

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Note writer

    Hi,

    I don’t want to cause offence, but the language of the second notes were both Spanish. I’m sure we neither want to offend our French friends or are Spanish speaking cousins from down south, hmm?

    Kthanxbai.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Crash bang

      I think they’re in Spanish because the second most common language in America ( I think ) is Spanish…I mean it’s in English too and I don’t take offence. In some states ( if not all ) most signs are posted in both Spanish and English, and in hospitals you’ll see them in a whole bunch of languages as well as tourist attractions, so I don’t think it was ment to offend but rather all inclusive….I could be wrong though.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   harleydoug bang

      Oh please, please, please can I offend the french? I promise I’ll be tasteful!

      Mar 8, 2010 at 11:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Laurie

    David Sedaris does a riff on people taking a crap in the middle of displays in the Gap.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   secondsout bang

    Is it just me, or is the tilda in the word “baño” backwards? What is the explanation behind this?

    Jan 3, 2008 at 4:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Laurie

      Illiteracy?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:02 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   amy d bang

    Tonight on Spike TV: When Bodily Functions Attack

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Rumblefish

    No speakee englash or enspanoli

    I geet clep-art virsion, pleaze!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:06 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   leegyrl

    Trust me – this really happens. My daughter and I have both worked in retail (she at a major department store and me at a specialty woman’s store) and we’ve both had to deal with this. It is not only a thrift store problem. FYI, the salespeople have to clean it up – not the maintenance staff. So, those of you with urinary problems, please use the toilet before trying on clothes.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Danielle

    Wow Ashley that is crazy! This does happen! Once I was in a fitting room in a Marshalls in Philly and I heard a lady run by moaning. Seconds later I hear what I think is water pouring onto the floor a few rooms over, not until i see a yellow stream heading my way do I realize its urine. I was in shock!
    What is wrong with ppl?

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:42 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Katzndogz bang

      From now on, I’ll be sure to choose a dressing room that is uphill from the others.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 11:19 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Katzndogz bang

    Another neurosis to add to the trauma of trying on clothes: Did someone once take a dump right where you’re standing?

    Jan 3, 2008 at 11:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Writerrejected bang

      Oh that is just a cold, cold addition to my retailphobia. I can barely leave the house as it is. Forget the mall.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   KamikazePixie

      That was my exact reaction as well!! >.<;;

      Feb 26, 2010 at 10:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Karen bang

    I’ve never heard of this. Now, however, I may never again try on anything to be worn from the waist down. I wouldn’t even be comfortable taking a little whiff before trying on. ewwww

    Team Buy It All Online

    Jan 3, 2008 at 11:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      But where do you think the stuff you buy online comes from? ;)

      Jan 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   Karen bang

      Yep, and after I said it I thought about the online returns that I may have purchased !

      ewwww again !

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   Writerrejected bang

      Yay! Team BIAOL!

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.4   Writerrejected bang

      Oh, damn, you guys are killing me.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Nicky

    It’s not just thrift stores. I used to work at Urban Outfitters and one night when we were closing, one of my co-workers retrieved a bottle from one of the men’s fitting rooms. The bottle was one that could be found in housewares, but we didn’t sell it full of urine – that was added by the phantom pisser. He was kind enough to put the top on the bottle, making for easier cleanup, but wtf???

    Jan 3, 2008 at 11:59 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   leegyrl

    If he went to the trouble of getting a bottle to pee in, why in the world didn’t he just use the bathroom???? Are people so lazy that we have to put bedpans in each dressing room?

    Jan 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Retail4Life

    I worked in a pretty pricey clothing store for 5 yrs and people would pee on the carpet AND leave USED tampons or dirty diapers in the fitting rooms. The best part was that we were maybe 50ft from very well-maintained public restrooms.

    The biggest lesson I learned from my time in retail was that no matter what your socio-economic background is you are still capable of being totally disgusting.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:01 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Canthz_B bang

    The things some women will do to get into a size 4!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Canthz_B bang

    Did the manager in sign one attend the company’s Golden Shower seminar? :-P

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   WanderingPenguin bang

    All right kiddos – it’s been too long by half.

    With the usual apologies…this time to Petula Clark (sorry, it was the best vid I could find…)

    You wander around in that thrift store downtown
    But you don’t see the men’s or the women’s
    You sure have to pee, only all you can see
    Are those changerooms tucked back by the linens

    You’ve felt this way a million times before
    Load up on clothes, march in and close the door

    Don’t poop in the changeroom, darlin’
    Don’t pee ’cause there ain’t no drain
    Don’t poop in the changeroom, darlin’
    The manager
    Will show you where to “drop
    Trou” – don’t make
    Us have to mop up again!

    You try to be smart, but you can’t even fart
    ‘Cause it hurts when your colon’s inflated
    Your friends recognize that glazed look in your eyes
    And you wish that you were constipated

    Your bowels direct you to the store’s last row
    Good sense means nothing when you’ve got to go

    Don’t poop in the changeroom, darlin’
    Don’t pee ’cause there ain’t no drain
    Don’t poop in the changeroom, darlin’
    The manager
    Will show you where to “drop
    Trou” – don’t make
    Us have to mop up again!

    (Repeat and fade…)

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Shane

    Here’s a riddle for you:

    What’s the difference between defecating in a thrift store dressing room and a bathroom temper tantrum?

    One is a fit in a shitting room and the other is a shit in a fitting room.

    *runs cackling back under the troll bridge.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      *Huzzah*! And such. Very nice!

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   Shane

      Thank you, I bow to the master of lyrical parody.

      BTW thx for getting “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” song stuck in my head. Now I have to go find my greatest hits from Petula CD.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      Hey, if it’s stuck in my head then I thought I might as well share. :D

      *humming* “I know a place….”

      Good luck with that CD. :D

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.4   Shane

      Found it. *sings It’s a sign of the times…

      Have you heard her French version of Hello, Dolly? c’est très je ne se quoi.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.5   WanderingPenguin bang

      Wow. Don’t know if I’ve heard it but I can sure hear it now. *shudder*

      Jan 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Canthz_B bang

    They could put a beautiful brass cuspidor in each fitting room. “In case of emergency, break sanitary seal!”
    That would make clean-up a breeze!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   mamason bang

      How about putting a sign up letting these freaks know that their every “move” is being recorded with the help of the two way mirror?

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   GhostWriter bang

    “I’ll take, ‘Things that some women will do to get into a size 4′ for $200, Alex.”

    “OK, and here’s the clue- “You may find this “period piece” on the floor of a vintage clothing store changing room…”

    PS: Petula was Priceless, WP!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:19 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      Ew! And thanks! But still….ew!!

      Jan 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Laura

    From what I have heard this happens all the time – not just in thrift stores! I friend of mine worked in Old Navy (one within a large shopping mall) and about one a week someone would leave droppings in a the fitting rooms.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Dawn

    Ew! And there I was blissfully trying on skirts at my favorite local thrift store the other day (can you say, orange pleather?) and was completely unaware of the perils I was facing!

    Ew!

    Dawn

    Jan 3, 2008 at 5:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   rrpa

    I love that they included sign in Spanish.

    Durn those dirty furriners!

    Jan 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   GVI bang

    They should treat people like dogs and leave little plastic bags in the fitting rooms, so you can pee and do whatever else in them.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 5:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   mamason bang

      Yes, they should treat these people like dogs and euthanaise(sp) the dirty bastards!

      Jan 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.2   park rose bang

      So this is what that perplexing sign (the second one) was talking about way back in December.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   mamason bang

    This shit just pisses me off.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 6:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   etherealangel

    Sadly I can see the reasoning for this sign. I worked in a department store with bathrooms. Yet we found everything from urine, to feces, to used tampons in fitting rooms. People are disgusting pigs.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   raiseyourglass

    Hey maybe europeean, not spanish…
    Hidy ho! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXSuAy5cwKo

    I am noting that no one has said “fucking delicious!”

    Jan 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      *sigh* So much for the New Year’s resolution.

      Jan 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   park rose bang

      What? That you won’t react to somebody who says this?? :D :D

      just joking…

      Jan 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.3   raiseyourglass

      ;)

      Jan 3, 2008 at 11:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   Carmen

    I worked at a Goodwill in high school, and I cannot even tell you how many times people shit in the dressing rooms. It’s as if they assume that because it’s a thrift store, they can do whatever they want. People depress me.

    Jan 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   resonanteye

      I worked at a thrift store for almost two years. I had to clean up feces from the dressing rooms at least a dozen times.

      We had one or two regulars who we caught in the act, too! ne was an elderly woman who was perfectly lucid, it was bizarre, she seemed totally normal!

      the other was a younger hispanic man. It was disgusting what people would leave in the dressing rooms.

      Tampons, feces, urine everywhere, used diapers (babay AND adult)…ugh

      so glad I don’t work in retail anymore, never again

      Jan 15, 2008 at 7:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #43   sharon j bang

    I’ve actually been to a dressing room where someone has down this, eck. It was a department store.

    I think there’s just really weird people out there. At my old apartment, I was on the balcony and this I saw this other guy on his balcony. I watched this guy go downstairs piss in the bushes then go back upstairs to his apartment. Weird.

    Jan 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   PEACHTREE

    I used to work at a department store in Wilmington and heard stories of sales people in the Juniors Dept having to RTV white pants (on more than one occasion) that had um… lady stains… on them.

    Jan 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Lesley

    i’ve been in a dressing room when i heard a woman peeing on the carpet a few doors down from me. strangely enough, it was not in wilmington, nc even though i currently live there.

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   wickedopinion bang

    I know I know I’m late but I am in shock….Has it not dawned on ANYONE else that many times places in the world are frequented by CRAZY PEOPLE??? Crazy people piss and shit in dressing rooms and other inappropriate places. Because they are CRAZY. Unfortunately, there are not enough college students looking for extra beer money to follow all the crazies around for the day and then things like this happen. Also, having worked in a thrift store back in the day, those places are absolute magnets for the crazy. Seriously, even the people who work in them are….wait, I worked in one. Dammit.

    Jan 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   Holy Cats!

    I work in a thrift store…next to a bus station. It is a buzzing hive of insanity. We have found shit in the drawer of a dresser, piss in a vase and someone keeps dropping their panty liners (in the shoe section) I think some of it is revenge because we don’t let those dirty fuckers use our bathroom.

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   Rick

    Hey there is no toilet paper in here !!!

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   more like hardly working

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  • #50   mmm

    I know I’m in the minority here but I’ve been so angry lately that you can’t find a damn bathroom in Chicago. And I think it’s 1/2 (not total) discrimination to women. Men can discretely piss outside but women are screwed. And who wants to “ask for manager” of a place that claims “NO PUBLIC RESTROOM-no exceptions” Sure I wouldn’t take a dump, but I’m thinking more and more about the Urban Outfitters bottle idea!!!

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #50.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      Hang on – men are allowed to piss wherever they want to in Chicago??! Damn, I have lived all my life in the wrong town. :|

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  • #51   WanderingPenguin bang

    Sorry – once again I had premature postaculation anxiety and put my comment in the wrong place. :|

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   freckleface

    I’ve heard of this. Speficially I’ve heard of this here:

    http://thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1158

    listen to “Act 3–Adventures at Poo Corner”, it’s funny, gross and may actually lend some insight into this phenomenon.

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Chantelle

    Awwwww, that is disgusting. I thought it was bad when my mum worked in retail, in the women’s section, she went to clean up some of the bras that had been chucked everywhere and someone had taken off their old, manky, dirty, stained bra, swapped it for another and left it on the clothes hanger. Gahhhhhh.

    I have seen one guy in the grocery store piss and shit himself, but hey, luckily he was in the aisle that had all the cleaning products!

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   wednesday181

    Apparently it happens quite often. I heard something about it on a recent “This American Life” episode. Needless to say, I really try and keep off the changing room floors now. Ew.

    http://www.retailhellunderground.com/my_weblog/2008/03/everybody-poops.html

    Mar 27, 2008 at 11:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   fuhuck

    Fucking pigs. Surveillance cameras everywhere say I, and ID chip implants.

    Sep 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Ali

    Even though this is a very old post, I just wanted to comment on how disgusting this is. My mom works at a thrift store.. and she’s had to deal with these disgusting bastards on more than one occasion. I hope their asses fall off.

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   Z Coop

    I’ll have to add pissing in a fitting room to my “Things To Do Before I Die” list… and what the $!#% happens to a person’s mind when you step into a dressing/fitting room?!?!?

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
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  • #59   Courtney

    That is completely vile. The tragedy of it is that it doesn’t stop at thrift and second-hand stores. Ooohh, no. My friend used to work for Macy’s not too long ago. One day, someone had taken a crap in the dressing room and covered it up with a heap of clothes!! She had to clean it up, the poor thing. She still shakes with rage to this day when she speaks of it. :X

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  • #60   Melodie

    I used to work at a large toy store where it was not at all uncommon for parents to drop their kids off and then go shop elsewhere, as if we were a daycare.

    One time, one of those kids crapped in a plastic igloo, and the guy who was assigned to clean it up quit on the spot.

    I tell you, you never forget the first time you saw someone quit on the spot. Especially if it involves a plastic igloo full of shit.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   Petra

    Having worked in a thrift store for a few years, none of these signs surprise me at all.

    What does surprise me is that there aren’t signs saying “No, you can’t barter the jeans you want for the dirty, stinky, unwashed pants you came in with!”

    Feb 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   renee

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the result of a large majority of mentally ill people as well as homeless people.

    Not that this excuses anything.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   April

    Maybe they are trying to get skinnier…on the fly.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Sharon

    Yet another reason NOT to go to Thriftstores!

    Feb 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   Nick

    I see this as a US English problem. Even after the notes, people are reading and thinking ” I don’t want a bath or a rest, I want a piss!” The word ‘toilet’ would clarify a great deal.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   stephanie

    Normally I would laugh at this, but I worked in a Fashion Bug where on at least 3 separate occasions, women urinated right on the floor in the dressing rooms. WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE! And what is wrong with the managers at FB because they never had the carpets cleaned

    Feb 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   snatchbeast

    Team Spelling/Grammar.

    whatthefuck.

    Feb 26, 2010 at 2:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   sloppyjo2916

    I used to work as an asst. mgr for a women’s clothing store chain & you would be surprised how many people DON’T ask if there is a public restroom, and take it upon themselves to pee on the dressing room floor. In the 3 years I worked there, I had to clean up urine 4 times!!! And if you think it was ladies letting their children relieve themselves in time of emergency, think again.

    Feb 26, 2010 at 8:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   Micah Sewell

    wow! frickin wow! I can hardly believe that there was more than one. That means there are at least four idiots who used a dressing room as a bathroom. :o)

    Feb 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   R.A.

    Not just thrift store dressing rooms, but pool locker rooms, too, apparently. The pool where I am a member hosts a youth swim team/club and uses some of the lanes during adult lap swim. Although I try to avoid those times because of the crowding and the noise, sometimes I don’t have a lot of choice. And it’s not really a big deal, but one evening I was getting ready to leave after I got dressed only to walk back through the locker area to find a kid (10 years old as I later learned) pissing in the middle of the locker room floor. This isn’t actually a situation I was prepared for. I told him “that’s disgusting” and told him he needed to clean it up (at least to pour some water over it in the general direction of the floor drain). He was obviously embarrassed by having been caught doing something he knew he shouldn’t have been doing. He insisted he couldn’t do anything about it, and didn’t go for my suggestion that he find a bucket or something to fill with water. At that point I offered him the choice of either taking care of it himself or we could talk to his coach about it. THAT really freaked him out, because then the coach, and ultimately his parents, would find out about it (and, in hindsight, I suppose going back out to the pool to ask for a bucket would tip someone off anyway). He then relented and said he’d go get his water bottle. Well, okay, not the most effective (or it would take a lot of fills to do it), but a way for the kid potentially to do something about it without further embarrassment. I paused at the pool entrance before leaving to see if he really would get his bottle and go back, but he didn’t. I was ready to just forget about it and started back to my car when I thought about putting myself in the shoes (or more to the point, in the bare feet) of another swimmer using the locker room, and went back in to let the coach know. Instead of thanking me for bringing it to her attention, she started up on me for yelling at the kid. I readily admitted having raised my voice at one point, but pointed out to her that it was only when I suggested that I would talk to his coach–AFTER having raised my voice in exclaiming that it was disgusting–that the kid really freaked out. She agreed that what the kid did was “inappropriate” (I would say unacceptable, not merely inappropriate), but in the end, to my knowledge, never sent the kid back to clean up after himself and never apologised to me in any subsequent visits to the pool for having blown up at me.

    Geeez, if the kid was 10 years old, he should know better. I coach youth hockey and have coached kids at various times ranging in age from 4 to 13 and even the four year olds know that you don’t use the dressing room floor as a toilet.

    Mar 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   R.A.

    Not just in thrift store dressing rooms, but pool locker rooms, too.

    The pool where I am a member hosts a youth swim team/club and uses some of the lanes during adult lap swim. Although I try to avoid those times because of the crowding and the noise, sometimes I don’t have a lot of choice. And I really don’t object to multiple user groups sharing the pool at the same time; exclusive use would just reduce availability, and the majority of the time, shared usage is not really a big deal.

    But one evening I was getting ready to leave after I was done getting dressed, and walked back through the locker area to find a kid (10 years old as I later learned) pissing in the middle of the locker room floor. This isn’t actually a situation I was prepared for. I told him “that’s disgusting” and told him he needed to clean it up (at least to pour some water over it in the general direction of the floor drain). He was obviously embarrassed by having been caught doing something he knew he shouldn’t have been doing. He insisted he couldn’t do anything about it, and didn’t go for my suggestion that he find a bucket or something to fill with water. At that point I offered him the choice of either taking responsibility for it himself or we could talk to his coach about it. THAT really freaked him out, because then the coach, and ultimately his parents, would find out. (In hindsight, I figured that he didn’t find the suggestion about asking for a bucket to be much of a way to avoid further embarrassment because it would tip someone off anyway.) He then relented and said he’d go get his water bottle. Well, okay, not the most effective method (or at least it would take a lot of fills to do it), but a way for the kid potentially to do something about it without further embarrassment. I paused briefly at the pool exit before leaving to see if he really would get his bottle and go back, but he didn’t. I was ready to just forget about it and started back to my car when I thought about putting myself in the shoes (or more to the point, in the bare feet) of another swimmer using the locker room, and went back in to let the coach know. Instead of thanking me for bringing it to her attention, she started up on me for yelling at the kid. I readily admitted having raised my voice at one point, but pointed out to her that it was only when I suggested that I would talk to his coach–which was AFTER having raised my voice in exclaiming that it was disgusting–that the kid really freaked out. She agreed that what the kid did was “inappropriate” (I would say unacceptable, not merely inappropriate), but in the end, to my knowledge, she never sent the kid back to clean up after himself and to date has still not during any subsequent visits to the pool apologised for having blown up at me. I give her credit for all the time she spends teaching these kids, but she certainly seems to lack civility or good judgment. I’d even be willing to give her the benefit of the doubt for blowing up at me in the heat of the moment until she got a better understanding of what happened, but failing to make a gesture of reconciliation after calming down does not reflect well on her at all.

    As for the kid, geeez, if he’s 10 years old, he should known better. Anyone should know better. I coach youth hockey and have coached kids at various times ranging in age from 4 to 13 and even the four year olds know that you don’t use the dressing room floor as a toilet. Sigh….

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  • #73   Rachael

    I work in a thrift store and have yet to encounter this. However, from the amount of stupid, reckless, and batshit crazy behavior I have seen, I would be less than surprised. My most notable experiences so far are the crazy stalker that followed me for an hour, and the used condom sitting in the shoe aisle.

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