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The stall-sanitizing shimmy

September 29th, 2013 · 51 comments

Leah spotted this note in the changing area at Colman Pool in Seattle, a city she describes as “the epicenter of passive-aggressive communication.” Adds Leah: “I like the image of the kid’s shimmying out under the stall door as being a nifty method of floor cleaning. It’s both disgusting and passive-aggressive in the extreme!”

To the kid who locks the stall door and crawls out under the door: Thank you for using your swimsuit to mop dirt, germs, and wet toilet paper off of our restroom floor. We appreciate the extra help keeping the facility clean. If you would like to volunteer for more dirty jobs, please come visit us at the office. We have plenty of other tasks, like cleaning hair balls from the drains and scraping gum off the deck, which we would be happy to train you to do. Thanks! Colman Pool Staff

related: A few reasons not to feel sad that the public pool is closed for the season

FILED UNDER: bathroom · kids · Seattle · swimming pool · thanks (but not really) · that's disgusting

51 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Herne Hill Dave

    They expect the ‘kid’ to get the message and improve their behaviour? I doubt they’ll even read it. Clearly they don’t have any ‘little darlings’ of their own. Definitely a nominee for the Passive-Aggressive Hall Of Fame.

    Sep 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   kelly

      The kid might not, but a few moms might – and start keeping a closer eye on their kid.

      But probably not.

      Sep 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Jami

      Most of the kids I’ve known who thought this was funny weren’t old enough to know how to read.

      Sep 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Kathlynn

      I was totally old enough to know how to read when I found this fun to do (then again, I had older siblings egging me on)… might not have been able to read all of it, but some of it (and only ’cause I had trouble reading for many years)

      Sep 30, 2013 at 2:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #2   FeRD bang

    Am I the only one who sees this working exactly the oppposite of the way it’s (optimistically) intended, and inspiring a rash of copycat stall-lockings from budding young miscreants who see the sign? :-?

    Sep 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   NoAdditives

      Definitely what kids would do.

      Sep 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   redheadwglasses

      Yup. Next up: A note reminding kids that getting wads of toilet paper wet and throwing them to stick to the ceiling is NOT acceptable behavior.

      Sep 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   H for Toy

      Even better, leave a preemptive note, instruction them not to throw wet toilet paper at the ceiling, clog the toilet with anything, or scratch words into the stall doors. In case they hadn’t already thought of that.

      Sep 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   KT

      I already forgot what you said except for the awesome word ‘miscreant.’ Thank you for reminding me of that priceless nugget of English vocabulary! Will use with impunity from now on!

      Sep 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #3   Joe

    Many stall doors can be locked with a coin. Just sayin’…

    Sep 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #4   Belle

    If the kid is small enough to squirm under the stall door chances are he’s not old enough to get the sign’s message.

    And as Joe pointed out, some stall doors can be locked from the outside with a coin.

    Sep 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Tesselara

      And unlocked with the same item!

      Eesh, molehills, I’m telling ya.

      (The kids shouldn’t be doing it, but still- n.b.d.)

      Sep 30, 2013 at 9:34 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Lythande

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stall that was so close to the ground an adult wouldn’t be able to go under the door, unless they were obese or arthritic.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   JoDa

      I once got stuck in a bathroom stall with a sticky lock. Yes, it took a little force to lock it, but nothing that made me believe it would be impossible to unlock. As an adult, I was capable of crawling out under the door. Also as an adult, I alerted a janitor that the lock was stuck and that they needed to either place it out of service or fix the lock so no one else was trapped…

      Oct 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #5   Pit Pat

    I feel like I need a shower after reading this. With bleach. Public locker rooms make my skin crawl.

    Sep 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Elf

      Public locker rooms don’t bother me at all and I feel like I need a bleach scrub after that! Ewwwwwwww!

      Sep 30, 2013 at 8:16 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Pit Pat

      This is the stuff of nightmares for me. Add in some bats and I will never sleep again.

      Sep 30, 2013 at 9:32 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #6   Tonestaple

    So completely right about Seattle.

    Sep 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ethel

    Gosh, my sister and I were doing that 30 years plus ago – usually at interstate rest-stops (you are welcome). Kids do stupid stuff just because they can and consequences be damned, they haven’t been around long enough to do the clean up.

    Now I want to go to there and do that at the pool for them as well. There are ways of opening the door from the outside and if there are not then the adults are really quite simple.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 8:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   luna

    Lol we used to this all the time as kids, we even nearly got kicked out of a caravan park because of it. We used to climb over the top into the next stall though we never went under the door.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 9:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   kacie

      I climbed over the top of the stall, too. For whatever reason, I thought this was the funniest thing to do as a small kid. I would have been old enough to read the sign, but not old enough to realize they meant don’t leave the stall with the door locked, and would have probably been proud of myself for figuring out a way to do it that was apparently allowed.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #9   My name is Princess!

    Probably the same deviant kids who unscrew the lid on the salt shaker at restaurants just enough for it to fall off when the next person uses it.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 9:36 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #10   KittenPlaysTheViolin

    Oh, the humanity! Serenity now.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #11   Poltergeist

    In order to force somebody else to crawl on the dirty floor to get into the stall, you yourself have to crawl on the dirty floor to get out of the stall. How is this a good prank if you have to subject your self to the prank first? It’s the equivalent of purposely dropping a water ballon on yourself before dropping one on your sister.

    God, kids are so dumb.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #12   HumorParasite bang

    Yo Note-Leaver,

    “Volunteer?” Who’s volunteering? A nice gentleman in a beard and white suit pays me $5 a time to shimmy the bathroom floor with my Speedo-clad ass.

    Don’t get alarmed. He never touches me, he just stands there and looks. Looks pretty hard though.

    Anyway, $5 is the going rate. You can match the offer or get lost.

    The Shimmy Kid

    Sep 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #13   looopy

    Maybe they’re NOT crawling under the door, but climbing over the wall into the next stall, using the toilet paper as footholds. That’s the way it was done when I was a kid.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #14   sunshynegrll

    This is a toilet leading to the Ministry of Magic, OBVIOUSLY.

    God, muggles are so dumb.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Snicklefritz

      Is it stall 5 and 3/4?

      Sep 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   justme

      In our defense, we Muggles aren’t supposed to know about the magic world at all. Even for those of us who do, it seems unreasonable to expect us to know there is an entry to Britain’s Ministry of Magic in Seattle, Washington, USA. Are there quite a few British wizards in Washington State?

      Sep 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   The Elf

      It’s not unreasonable, Justme! It’s maaaaaagic!

      Oct 2, 2013 at 7:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   RCat

    Ugh, I managed to completely miss the bold part of the note and got the mental image of a naked child scrubbing down a toilet stall with his wet swimming trunks.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   H for Toy

    This has nothing to do with the note, but my Facebook friends are mostly sahm’s and useless for this kind of thing, so… Any recommendations for scary movie night? Not slasher with no real plot, like Friday the 13th, or sickening like Rob Zombie’s stuff, but we would like to be scared shitless :) something psychological would be right up our alley.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Snicklefritz

      I recommend Constantine or the Devil’s Own

      Sep 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Belle

      The Haunting (1963)
      The Changeling (1980)

      Both are good scary movies, with zero blood & gore.

      Sep 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   Pit Pat

      Blair Witch Project? I still shudder when I see children’s handprints on a wall. (more nightmare fodder)

      Oct 1, 2013 at 8:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.4   Lil'

      Mariah Carey’s Glitter (2001).

      Oct 1, 2013 at 8:58 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #16.5   jazzgirl205

      My recomendations: Cheesy Vincent Price movies (love ‘em) or Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” with Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 9:22 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.6   The Gecko Hunter

      I second “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. It’s well acted, well written, and mostly kid-friendly. “Ghost Story”(1981) is pretty good, and features the final performances of Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and Melvyn Douglas. A good film for old movie buffs.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.7   H for Toy

      Lil, that is an awesome recommendation!
      Thanks everyone! It’s good to have some ideas to work with!

      Oct 2, 2013 at 6:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.8   Lil'

      H, sorry – I couldn’t resist. On a serious note, I haven’t seen it personally, but Jacob’s Ladder (1990) is supposed to be a great psychological horror movie. After hearing about it, I think I’m gonna try to watch it myself this weekend. And by the way, two boys! And my sister just found out that she’s over 6 months pregnant with a boy – she had no clue. We are due just a few weeks apart.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 8:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.9   H for Toy

      There’s a good possibility. I feel like we discussed getting that last year, but ended up getting the original “Wicker Man” which I swear, only got good reviews because boobs. Our after-horror-funny-movie was scarier! Congrats on the boys! You’ll have lots of fun when you get over the sleeplessness ;) congrats to your sister, too! Have you thought of any names yet? Maybe Ferd and Beatus? Those would be awesome names for twin boys.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 8:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.10   Lil'

      Oh boy, “Wicker Man” – there’s an hour and a half of my life I’ll never get back. My husband isn’t very agreeable on names, so it’s still up in the air. My son started kindergarten this year and his picks are Hayden and Roysten after his new best buddies. That may sound bad, but it’s a step up from Daniel and Lucy, which he has been stuck on for months now…even after we found out they were both boys. (Daniel after his preschool buddy and Lucy after the class turtle.) In his defense, he had no frame of reference to know Lucy is a girl’s name. He isn’t old enough to appreciate Lucille Ball, and there are next to no kids named Lucy these days. Crossing my fingers for a compromise we can all agree on.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 8:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.11   H for Toy

      I think Lucy is a cute name. Maybe not so much for a boy, though. My parents almost let my sister and I name our youngest sister, until they realized we had inadvertently made the initials ASS. sometimes kid picks are great, other times you have to smile and mentally discard the name. :)

      Oct 2, 2013 at 9:42 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.12   H for Toy

      Also, my husband and I had a hard time agreeing on our first-born as well (with our second, he called me one day and said “this is going to be her name” and wouldn’t budge, like he was John the Baptist’s father, or something, so that ended up being her name), so we each made a list of names we liked, then exchanged, giving each other 5 absolute vetoes, and came up with a list of 10 names we each could live with. We picked our daughter’s first name from the girls’ side, and ended up with a gender-neutral name from the boys’ side for her middle name.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 9:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #16.13   FeRD bang

      @Lil: If you (wisely) choose to shatter my dreams by not taking H’s suggestion that you name one of the boys after me, and your husband remains stuck on Lucy, just go with “Roosey”. It’s unique, the kid will never be confused with anyone else… only down side is he’ll have a lotta ‘splaining to do!

      Oct 10, 2013 at 6:38 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.14   Lil'

      FeRD, I love your name! I just got my husband to commit to use it as a middle name. So our front runners now are Roysten FeRD and Hayden Lucy. I think it’s a compromise we can all live with.

      Oct 10, 2013 at 7:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   H for Toy

    I slept through The Devils Own, once, after fighting with my friend about it.
    We got The Devil’s Own
    The devil’s own what?
    Just the devil’s own.
    The devil’s own WHAT?!
    ad nauseum
    Then I fell asleep. I’d like to actually watch it one day :)

    Sep 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

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      Demon based?
      The Exorcist
      The Possession
      The Rite
      Paranormal Activity 2 or 4
      Exorcism of Emily Rose

      The Awakening
      The Devil’s backbone (Spanish language)
      The Grudge
      The Ring
      A Tale of Two Sisters (Korean language)
      The Others

      Sep 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   KT

    That’s what you get for going to a public pool. Ick.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   Paula K

    I think Lucy is a cute name. My fuzzy gray & white cat is named Lucy. Had it been a boy, she would have been Linus, because when we first found her, she was tucked away in some pumpkin vines. :)

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

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