The definition of hygiene

October 3rd, 2012 · 34 comments

While traveling in India on business, Melissa spotted this sign in all of the women’s restrooms at one office.

Note: Based on my experience with this site, I have to conclude that the fairer sex most definitely does not “define hygiene.”

Ladies, Please throw Used Tissues, Sanitary Items, INSIDE the DustBin NOT ON the DUSTBIN. Please Flush Toilet After Each Use Please Wipe Toilet Seat if you have used the sprayer Do NOT Spray Water on the Floor We do not Need Notices for this. We are Women. We Define Hygiene. Why is it missing here????

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FILED UNDER: bathroom · confusion??? · hygiene · India · office · toilet


34 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Zichao

    “Used the sprayer”? Either indian toilets have attachments with which I’m unfamiliar, or this person just won the Most Revolting Euphemism for a Bodily Function Award.

    Oct 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   C

      I suspect “sprayer” means some sort of bidet-like thing.

      Oct 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Melissa

      The sprayer is literally like a garden hose sprayer. An no one follows the wipe down suggestion after they use it.

      Oct 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   The Elf

      ….. I forsee problems with that…..

      Oct 4, 2012 at 6:42 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Vulpis

      Not sure where you get that from–the line in the note is about not spraying water on the floor. I was assuming that this was in reference to the sinks.

      Oct 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   FeRD bang

      @Vulpis: It reads, “Please Wipe Toilet seat if you have used the sprayer.” …Wanna try that again?

      Oct 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   Tn

      Lol, my guess is that this is from an office in India. In the Indian culture it is not completely uncommon to still use water, and hand, to “wipe”, instead of toilet paper.

      The note is referring to the spray hose that is used in this process.

      So literally, the note is saying; if you use the spray hose to clean yourself off after —-ing, please wipe the water from your cleansing, off the seat of the toilet and don’t get your cleansing water all over the floor…

      That’s the sprinkle issue.

      Oct 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Andy

    Judging by the capitals used in “We Define Hygiene” it’s pretty clear she’s referring the readers of the note to a book she wrote.

    Also, why is INSIDE and DUSTBIN capitalized? Shouldn’t “NOT ON” be underlined? Ugh ugh, parallelism!

    Oct 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Clevegal42

    Ha! I worked in a building for about 6 months and there was an incredibly similar sign in our bathroom – we shared the floor with a lot of contractors who are visiting from India. I thought it was put up by some of my piggy colleagues, but I’m wondering if it is put up by one of our contractors because that is their cultural custom?

    Sadly, we didn’t have sprayers, so that stuff on the toilet seat wasn’t water. And no one ever paid attention to the signs.

    Oct 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Little Brother

    I need to begin by noting that I’m a male… a man… a guy.

    Many years ago, a female co-worker who was fed up with the sloppy toilet habits of the employee ladies’ room users asked me to print a sign with the classic message,

    “If you sprinkle / When you tinkle
    Please be neat / And wipe the seat”

    She asked me to do it because she thought I was a good printer. So I did. Apparently she made several photocopies and posted them in all the stalls.

    Weeks later, another co-worker made a beeline for me when I was sitting in the crowded lunchroom and asked loudly, “Hey, how come there are all these signs in the ladies’ room in YOUR handwriting?”

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Poltergeist

      Proper response:
      “Because I saw just how disgusting all you of ladies are from the tiny cameras I set up in each stall. You should be ashamed of yourselves!”

      Oct 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Roxy

      If someone decides to stalk me with hidden cameras when doing private (or some just plain embarrassing) deeds, I’m not responsible for his reactions to me. Don’t like my booty shaking when listening to my music player in my pj’s?Don’t watch. Or watch but don’t complain after.I do however accept compliments.

      Oct 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Derp

    I’ve worked in food service for years and whenever I clean the toilets the women’s is always the worst. I’m not sure what ladies do in there, but you gals manage to get poo and pee just everywhere.

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   berge bang

      But we DEFINE hygiene! We can tell you what it means AND use it in a sentence!

      Oct 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   FeRD bang

      Heh! Yeah, um, less talky more wipey. ;-)

      Oct 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Jami

    I spent a summer cleaning public beach restrooms. Except on holiday weekends when there was a lot of drunk men on the beach, the women’s was always far more disgusting.

    But on those holiday weekends, the men were extreme pigs. I don’t know what it is about booze and men, but the crap I had to deal with when it came to the urinals on those holiday weekends made the women’s room look like one of those computer chip clean rooms.

    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:10 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   shell

      It’s usually like that: the ladies toilets are way dirtier, and the mens sre cleaner, but have a stronger smell of pee…

      Oct 4, 2012 at 1:23 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   deprogrammed

      Mens room only looked cleaner, as your nose indicated.

      I must admit however, there are sooooo many disgusting women in the world. They know who they are. They revel in the notion that soon, very soon, someone will encounter their bodily fluids. And will know revulsion. Look for some skank smiling for no apparent reason. You know she just washed the toilet seat with saline and didn’t wash her hands. (This is only mildly exaggerated.)

      Oct 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   The Elf

      Truth, Deprogrammed. So true.

      I’d add a little twist. I think these women are convinced that every other woman is just as disgusting, and they are germaphobic enough that this really sets them off, and this is exactly why they wash the seat with saline, so to speak. That’s how poo and pee get everywhere. They never seem to realize that they are the cause of the problem.

      Oct 5, 2012 at 8:28 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Vulpis

      Worse–want to bet that they *don’t* do this sort of thing with their own toilet at home? Not only is it a case of being disgusting, it’s a case of not having respect for others and other people’s property.

      Oct 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Nocturnesthesia

      In my janitorial experience, the men’s are consistently worse but not by much. While menstrual issues are obviously female-exclusive, I’ve only ever seen shit in odd places (urinal, wall, floor, sink, etc) in the men’s. Clogged toilets and diarrhea-spray are about equal.

      Oct 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   The Elf

    I think we might be looking at a dialect difference, but “dustbin”? Where I live, a dustbin is what you use to collect dust and other sweepings. It isn’t what you’d put a feminine hygiene product in!

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Jami

      Dustbin = trashcan.

      Oct 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Beatus Mongous

      A dustbin is where you empty your dustpan, which you use to collect dust and other sweepings.

      Oct 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Beatus Mongous

    Why is it missing here?

    Because women need a moment to unwind after being so tidy and neat for the majority of the day.

    Oct 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Nope

    A few things annoy me about this. First off, you don’t need commas for a list of 2 items. It should be replaced by and. Secondly, the seemingly random capitalization of words that don’t require capitalization is also odd. Why are there periods for some sentences but not for others? What is the point of the last part and why is it crossed out?

    Oct 5, 2012 at 8:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Print_Specialist

      I think the lines are there because it appears to be copied many times. You can see when it went through the machine it wasn’t square or “flush” to the glass edges. [pun intended] When you copy a copy very small things like lines get magnified and added. Note– the vertical line running at the end of the paper, not quite parallel to the edge of the paper, but almost perpendicular to the lines.

      Oct 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Scarab

    Someone has a high opinion of their own sex. You define hygiene? Really? Women are just as prone to being disgusting as men.

    Oct 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Jennifer

    I do enjoy it when I’ve caught someone in the act of External-Toilet Urination. If I go in the stall and see that the “gal” who just exited the stall dirtied it, I bring out my best passive-aggressive show. I’ll do a barely audible “ugh” –but enough that she hears it, make a disgusted face, and then proceed to wait for the next empty stall. Actually, that would probably happen even if no one is around, but I don’t hide my disgust out of consideration for her. I tend to think it teaches a nice lesson, especially if there are others in line. Then everybody knows she’s a seat pisser. It’s mean, I know, but if you don’t want to clean up your urine, imagine how the rest of us feel! So, I revel in the show I put on.

    Oct 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Novemberlights

    How do you know the lady who left the stall is the one who made the mess?

    Oct 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Jennifer

      Because wouldn’t she cleaned it up before she used the toilet? If I had no other choice but to use a toilet with a wet seat, I’d clean it up first.

      Oct 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Novemberlights

    Some women may be using the old hovering technique when finding a dirty toilet.

    Oct 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Mia

    Women are the definition of hygiene, for sure. Even though the all-girl floor of the dorms I’m living in is the most disgusting one, far more than the boys’ floor or even the co-ed floor. We currently have a moldy melon in our “slop sink” (for washing paintbrushes, since it’s an art school), blood smeared on the wall in one stall, and the biggest dump of the century in another stall. Oh, and animal-sized clumps of hair in the showers. I just go down to the coed floor to use the bathroom.

    Oct 16, 2012 at 10:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Tn

    In the Indian culture it is not completely uncommon to still use water and hand to “wipe”, instead of toilet paper.

    The note is referring to the spray hose that is used in this process.

    So literally, the nite is saying; if you use the spray hose to clean yourself off after —-ing, please wipe the water from your cleansing off the seat of the toilet and don’t get your cleansing water all over the floor…

    That’s the sprinkle issue.

    Oct 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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