If at first you don’t succeed…

November 19th, 2012 · 21 comments

Imagine this: You’re about to pen a note to post in the office men’s room, but you’re torn — should you go for the patronizing approach, or opt for some sarcastic reverse psychology?

At Colin’s office in London, the note-writer apparently decided: ¿Por qué no los dos? 

Please do not leave waste paper on the floor. This is usually managed by manually picking up any paper you may accidentally drop, and then transferring it to a recognised place of refuse. Thank you for your cooperation.  Please leave as much paper as you wish on the floor, after all, who cares?

(As always, click the image above to enlarge.)

related: The never-ending (and completely unnecessary) battle between basic hygiene and basic courtesy

FILED UNDER: a little patronizing · bathroom · blitzkrieg approach · London · office · toilet paper

21 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jeanette

    Oh sure, use of the refuse container is free for now, but what about next week? Don’t want to get into the habit of using it only to find that, in a month- hell, even in a week- there will be a service charge.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Lauri

    Sounds like there are a whole lot of men who suck at successfully making a basket and also suck at getting the rebound. Is it the shame of their lack of basketball skills that makes them try to pretend their paper ball no longer exists?

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Poltergeist

      How much do you want to bet that 90% of the waste paper on the floor consists of basketballs made of these notes?

      Nov 20, 2012 at 12:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Nunavut Guy

      It’s GOTTA be the white guys.

      Nov 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   shwo! bang

    Imagine there’s no litter,
    It’s all put in the bin,
    No random bits of paper,
    A men’s room made of win.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Jermy

    This sounds like one of those restrooms where the door opens inward so people who don’t want to touch a dirty doorknob must use a towel, then toss it in the general direction of the refuse resource trashcan.
    Not that I want to start that argument again . . .

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Nope

      Hate inward bathroom doors. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m OCD about bathroom doors, toilets, and sink nozzles/handles/etc. I’ve seen far too many people not wash their hands after using the facilities.

      Nov 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   dizit

      Yeah, me too. I’ve asked managers at various locations, which I frequent, to please put the trash container near the door. In a couple of locations, when my plea fell on (apparently) willfully deaf ears, I have moved the can myself (first doning latex gloves).
      …and this is in women’s rooms!

      Nov 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   mf

    I think all those little pieces of paper should just build up, kinda like the sawdust they use on the floor of a backwoods roadhouse.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Jen

    If this tp is anything like the tp at my work, there are little bits all over the floor because the paper is so thin and flimsy yet the roll itself so heavy that often, when you grab onto it, all you get is a tiny useless shred that falls from your hand. A problem easily solved by buying toilet paper that isn’t 1-ply and doesn’t feel as though it’s made out of fibreglass and used Kleenex, but try telling that to the management.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   makfan bang

    I can think of worse things to find on the floor than paper.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   raichu

    Team note-writer…have a little bit of hygiene in the public restroom!

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Tesselara

    Some TP on the floor? Meh.
    We have men who use the ladies’ room and somehow get a drop on the edge of the toilet. Not once, not twice, but many, many times. Nothing makes your day like almost getting someone else’s urine on the back of your pants. I don’t care if they use the room, but not cleaning up? Ew. I think I know who the main culprit is, and he’s in for an awkward conversation next time I catch him coming out of the bathroom.

    Nov 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Poltergeist

      Unless the men’s bathroom is out of order, there’s no other option for that conversation other than to be shamefully awkward. I almost feel bad for the conversation.

      Nov 20, 2012 at 12:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   redheadwglasses

      I’ll have the conversation with him!

      Someone who enjoys a perfectly good confrontation sometimes ; )

      Nov 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Ajax

    Reverse psychology or direct appeal to guilt/shame: Doesn’t the author realize that neither of these approaches works with the men’s room audience?

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Poltergeist

    I don’t see the problem here. Considering peoples’ bathroom habits, this will act like a diaper for the floor.

    Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Dane Zeller

    “A few drops of glue or strips of tape make the difference between trash on the floor and trash on the wall.” – Henry David Throw, 1989

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   t-rex

    Get rid of the toilet paper and install bidet toilet seats.

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   redheadwglasses

    The people for whom the note was intended don’t care, won’t care, will never care. And a note won’t change that.

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Vulpis

    Men who can’t manage to hit a hole. This explains the number of dis-satisfied women in the vicinity.
    Granted, I’m betting the women’s bathroom is at least as bad..

    Nov 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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