When hand-washing gets a little out of hand

January 23rd, 2011 · 70 comments

When her company recently relocated, says Sara in St. Louis, her department and several others were thrown together in a new office where the marketing group had already staked its claim.

“Marketing had tagged the soap they supplied in the bathroom because it was getting thrown away,” says Sara, “but when the other groups moved in they started tagging their products too.”

At this point, she says, “It’s getting a little awkward. I’m not in any of these departments — I just want to wash my hands.”

The office sink pissing contest

related: Everything in this drawer belongs to Elaine.

FILED UNDER: bathroom · office · St. Louis · washing your hands


70 responses so far ↓

  • #1   nihao

    dawn dish detergent to wash your hands? and who’s spraying their hands with dr. scholl’s?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:09 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   nihao

      oh, nevermind–it’s “you know who”…

      Jan 23, 2011 at 11:10 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   much to my chagrin

      Voldemort?!

      Jan 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Pxmidnight

    Just like I used to tell my kids… if you have something too precious to share, don’t leave it in a public place. Why do you think it’s a good idea that I have to MOVE your stuff to get to the faucet (with my as yet unwashed hands)?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:12 am   rating: 49  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   lagne

      Agreed. Otherwise you run the risk of someone unscrewing the lid from your meticulously-labeled toiletry item and maybe pouring in a little bit of pee.

      What’s that smell?

      Jan 23, 2011 at 11:32 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   anglophile bang

    Marketing is seriously washing their hands with Dawn? :?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:25 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   shwo! bang

      Hey, it cuts grease. It’s perfect for Marketing.

      Jan 23, 2011 at 11:39 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   The Elf

      It’s to help clean up the big jobs the toilets can’t handle.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Mace Elaine

      You’re soaking in it.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Smiley4099

    I vote that anyone who washes their hands in that sink should use large amounts of all the soaps.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   WMDKitty

      Now THAT’S passive-aggressive! (I approve!)

      Jan 24, 2011 at 12:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   unsatisfied

      I’m not sure that it’s safe to mix and match…..

      Jan 26, 2011 at 11:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Flaboy2425

    Where is management? Install a larger lavatory to hold everyone’s special soap.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Bekki

    Anyone notice that the marketing one says “6th Flore” or “6th FloR”? What kind of marketing department is that?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   The Elf

      Teh DeptmenT of MarkeETinG.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:21 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Bromley Lippincott

    But um, what if my name is Dawn? Shouldn’t I be allowed to use the Dawn soap? Or what if I’m a dyslexic named Don? Should he be punished for using the Dawn soap? So confusing! Why must life have so many rules?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   TippingCows

      If you were dyslexic and your name was Don, you’d be using Nod or Dno soap, not a homophone of your name.
      That would make you a homo!

      Jan 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   anglophile

      In my dialect Dawn and Don are not homophones.

      Jan 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Canthz_B bang

      Now I’m confused. Can Todd use Tide to wash his clothes, or not?

      Jan 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   The Elf

      Visit Appalachia, Anglophile. I thought for years that my cousin-in-law Dawn was weirdly named after her father, Don.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:24 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Canthz_B bang

      That works in NJ too. The Dawn of a New Day means there’s a new Mafia Don in charge!

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Zsa

    I love the one that just says “mine”. Why can’t *I* use it? It says it’s mine…
    Hey, what’s that smell?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Julie

    Voldemort uses Dr. Scholl’s?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   shwo! bang

      Yup, him and his Death Odor Eaters

      Jan 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Zorin

    I can’t believe people would be this possessive over soap.

    My gods, it’s just soap. I’d understand if it were something expensive, but soap?

    Also, can’t they just get hand washing soap from the janitorial supply closet? Handwashing would occur in the restroom anyway, this just moves the usage to another location.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Dixie

    I would throw all hand-washing products in the trash can so I can reach the faucet handles, and tape a sign to the faucet that reads “MINE”.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   LainTexas

      For the win! That’s effing awesome! I would so love the opportunity to do that.

      Jan 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   The Elf

      As long as you tape a sign to the other faucet that says “Everybody Else”.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:25 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Limeliberator bang

      I’m the kind of jerkface that would just put everything in the sink and wash my hands on top of it.

      STOP THE INANITY!

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Nahhh bang

    I’ve had Dawn that says “Dishwashing detergent and hand-washing soap” on the label. I don’t recall whose it was, although it *was* the color of pee…

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Nunavut Guy

      You mean kind of an off red with little white globules in it?

      Jan 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   wright1

      Well yeah, isn’t everyone’s like that?

      Jan 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Nunavut Guy

      Dam I’m itchy.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Divvitar

    I must admit; when I saw the header, I was thinking of something quite a bit more disgusting. Alas, it was just a lot of hand-wringing over soap.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   shwo! bang

      I see what you did there.

      Jan 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   SP

    That’s ridiculous. It’s just soap. SHARE. Seriously?

    Jan 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Gina

    Seriously? If their “personal” soap means that much to them, they need to keep it in their desk and take it with when going to the darn bathroom! How petty!

    Jan 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Rachel

      I work here and am the one who wrote “Mine” on the lotion — it says “Yours” on the back in case people didn’t realize it was a joke.

      The Marketing dish soap is actually for washing dishes; our new office doesn’t have a sink, believe it or not. And when everyone else moved to our floor, I tried (and obviously failed) to explain why we had labeled the soap to begin with.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 11:40 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   The Elf

      The “Yours” is awesome. Win!

      Jan 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   AuntyBron

      But then i’d have to go filch it out of your drawer to wash my hands. Very inconvenient

      Jan 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   lagne

      Haha. I wish the picture showed the “yours” side. That’s awesome.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Twez

    I would be so tempted to put soap in there labeled “Your Mom”.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   lagne

      To which I would affix a note that reads, “… MINE.”

      Jan 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   bowloftoast bang

    I won an office sink pissing contest one time – hit it from all the way out in the hall.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Nunavut Guy

      If you’re a girl I am very impressed.

      Jan 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   daytime drama

    Clearly, this company has some long-standing employees. This started because someone in marketing believes you should buy another bottle when there’s still around thirty percent left, because you might run out otherwise. The people in all the other departments never bought any because they never saw the bottle get close to empty. The aggrieved marketer finally claimed the bottle for the department so as to stop all the freeloaders who were all assuming they could get away with never paying their share. That led someone in another department to think each department should have its own, so bottle number two appeared. It escalated from there into the bottle forest we see before us.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   red velvet

    None of these items, save for the dish detergent, could even pass as something that could get your hands clean. Adding scent is not cleansing, people.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   The Elf

      Yeah, I need some brillo pads in there and some good old fashioned Comet to scour my hands after using the bathroom. It’s the only way to keep the fecal mist off my hands.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 6:29 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Zsa

      Lava soap. Altho it doesn’t CLEAN or suds up really, instead it takes off the first 3 layers of dermis with little bits of pumice. I am amazed it is still around.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 11:34 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   daytime drama

      but you just explained why it is still around‽

      Jan 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Wonkette

    Is Marketing washing their dishes in the bathroom sink? Ewwwwwww.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    I’m going to rub “development” soft soap all over myself and never have to go to the gym again!

    Jan 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Walker, "Tex" (a stranger) bang

    My sarcastic streak would want me to break into the paper towel dispenser, write my name on each of the paper towels and neatly load them back in.

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   WMDKitty

    Seriously?

    SERIOUSLY?

    Ffffuuuu– it’s JUST SOAP!

    Jan 24, 2011 at 12:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   unsatisfied

      SERIOUSLY!

      REALLY!

      Jan 26, 2011 at 11:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Kathy

    Good grief. Who needs that much stuff? We have a single pump soap bottle at our sink. And why can’t they ask for a wall-mounted pump? Then they might have room to actually turn on the water. Silly people.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 4:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Savannah

    I would like to point out to these people that you actually want people to wash their hands at work, especially after using the restroom. Buy a $2 bottle of Dial and beg people to use it. You’ll save yourself money by not getting sick and missing work all the time.

    Seriously. Idiots.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:22 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   GhostWriter bang

    That bar of African black soap labeled, “For Coloreds Only!” is just sad…

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   looking

      where is that in the picture?

      Jan 24, 2011 at 11:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   The Elf

      And the Ivory? It’s 99% pure!

      Jan 24, 2011 at 11:08 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.3   Nunavut Guy

      It’s implied.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Chesire cat

    Seriously, just install a wall mounted soap dispenser and pay for it out of general funds and keep it stocked. Then if someone still wants to use their own special soap require that they bring it with them to the potty and take it with them when they leave to keep at their desk. Easy peasy. God, this is why I am so glad I don’t have to work at a job. This kind of stuff kills my soul.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 11:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Russian

    I think I understand, god help me. The office should provide soap. It doesn’t. You want to wash your hands. You buy your own soap. Everyone else uses it. It’s gone in 48 hours. Of course you label your soap.

    Of course, you could just keep it with you, in your pocket, at all times. The evil pet, only in a bottle.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   BG

      I carry soap in my purse at all times. My workplace provides soap, but public bathrooms rarely do.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   The Elf

      Sadly, I have my own stash too. I have a sensitivity to dyes and perfumes and most soaps have one or both. But I don’t leave it there!

      Jan 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.3   anglophile bang

      Where do you live that public bathrooms don’t have soap, BG? I don’t know the last time I was in one that didn’t supply it. I’m pretty sure it’s a state law in Wisconsin.

      Jan 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.4   Russian

      My guess is BG lives in rural Ireland. I’m convinced Irish kids are taught that water alone makes their hands clean, otherwise they wouldn’t stand for it.

      Jan 25, 2011 at 5:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Miss Ash

    This reminds me of when I was younger and had bad roommates. I don’t miss those days.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   bored@work

    Just be glad everybody uses soap. I work with lots of foreigners. Sadly, with many groups, neither soap nor deodorant make the priority list.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   EmailsThatSuck

    They’ve all been one-upped. Clearly the red H on the faucet stands for HR, and the blue C stands for the C-level executives.

    The submitter better write her department’s name on a toilet stall just to be safe.

    Jan 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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