But…you said not to flush anything down the toilet?

December 3rd, 2013 · 73 comments

Writes Sarah: “I am deeply sorry, long-suffering San Diego Public Library, for whatever past incident(s) made this sign necessary…though I do appreciate the superfun font!”

ATTENTION: Please do not discard plastic bags with urine in this receptacle

related: Colostomy bags!

FILED UNDER: library · piss · San Diego · so this is a thing?


73 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Snicklefritz

    I hope this doesn’t escalate to leaving glass bottles of urine in the receptacle.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Beatus Mongous

      Man, this kind of thing just pisses me off!

      But I guess it’s better than being pissed on!

      Dec 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
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      Dec 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   JT

    Oh great. And next I suppose they won’t let me dispose of my box of feces there either!

    Dec 3, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   shwo! bang

    Duh, plastic bags go in the recycling bin.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:01 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   The Elf

    That this was in the ladies’ room (I assume), it really makes you wonder about the acrobatics some anonymous woman did to get the urine in the bag and not all over her, and she didn’t consider the toilet to be the easier solution. It just would make more sense that this occured in the men’s room, since it’s easier to make a good seal on a hose instead of a recessed spray nozzle.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:04 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Tesselara

      I think, based on some of the posts we’ve seen in the past, the hose is also a spray nozzle.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 10:21 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   JT

      May have been a colostomy bag.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 10:36 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   L

      Not all women have vaginas.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   The Elf

      And no one pees from a vagina…..

      Dec 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Tesselara

      Win, Elf!

      Dec 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Agg-reeable

      Public libraries are havens for the homeless; more than likely the plastic bag was filled elsewhere and brought in to one of the few remaining public toilets left for homeless people.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   L

      Okay, fine. Some women have a penis. Happy?

      Dec 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   The Elf

      Yeah, I knew what you meant. And you are right. However, odds are that the woman who deposited that bag was likely a woman with the more typical configuration of genitals. If you’re going to make an assumption, that’s the one to make.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   it's naptime

    You know this note will just lead to bags of piss stuffed behind the books. At least before it was in the right room if not the right receptacle.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:16 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Varanus bang

    I really have to wonder what the hell is wrong with people. I honestly can’t comprehend why someone would pee in the trashcan.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Spina Bifida Mom

      The sign doesn’t imply that anyone peed in the trash can, it implies that someone put a plastic bag with pee in it in the trash. Many people have medical conditions that lead to bladder control problems. My daughter needs a catheter every three hours. Once the catheter is inserted the pee drains into a plastic bag. She is not old enough to balance on the potty while we insert the catheter so the pee can drain directly into the potty. Which is what she will do as she gets older. If the bag gets very full, we always empty it into the potty and then throw the bag away. If the bag isn’t very full I will either put the cap directly on the bag or put the bag into another Ziploc style bag and throw it away. It’s not very different than having used diapers in the trash, and just part of daily life for us, and many other people. All that being said, for the most part, I can’t imagine anyone emptying the garbage in any of the public restrooms we’ve used has ever been affected in any way. So either someone tossed a very full bag without securing it in any way OR someone was digging through the trash and was grossed out by what they found. If it was the first, “Gross, have some consideration!” If it was the second, “Yeah, garbage is gross.” I don’t mean to rain on the snark, and don’t feel obligated to stop on my account. Just pointing out that there are people with medical issues that make their daily lives a little more challenging than “normal.”

      Dec 3, 2013 at 10:42 am   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   The Elf

      I understand the necessity, but wouldn’t it be better to put it in the “feminine hygiene” bin rather than the paper towel bin?

      Dec 3, 2013 at 11:05 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Varanus bang

      Fortunately I’ve never had anyone in my family that required catheters, so I wasn’t aware that was an issue. Although The Elf has a point. Wouldn’t it be easier to throw it in the individual bin rather than the other?

      Dec 3, 2013 at 11:15 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Serenity

      While I do sympathize with your situation, I guess I’m wondering why you couldn’t empty the bag into the toilet, and then dispose of the used bag in the sanitary container? I’m thinking that urine is a biohazard, ( yes, it is sterile when it leaves your body, but becomes a biohazard if left to sit for a period of time), and also, that the bags may break if someone is “squashing” the trash down in preparation to take the trash out, causing some unsuspecting janitor to get a urine bath :(

      Dec 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Jeanette

      If you’ve ever had a job cleaning out any kind of bathroom, you’d be amazed at the stuff people leave behind. You know the difference between a person with a medical condition who is doing their best to be conscientious and a drunk asshat who pissed in a nearby jar.

      When I was in college, I worked at a park and had to clean the out houses. Without fail, after big picnics I’d find some sort of bodily fluid in a jar left behind in the picnic pavilions. Now and again, a pile of poo on the floor. I also regularly found porn stashed in the outhouses. Ew.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   sparkle.burnout

    Effin hilarious, even though I’m imagining a forgetful caregiver may have neglected to properly dispose of a urinary catheter receptacle. Which for some reason makes it seem grosser.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:38 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Perhaps

    Maybe they were using their stream of urine to blast the bags into the trash. I always dispose of plastic bags with my hands.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:52 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      That would be an exciting new set of acrobatics in the women’s room! If I ever caught a woman doing that, my first thought would be “Gross”. My second thought would be “Teach me the art of pee-fu, wise master.”

      Dec 3, 2013 at 11:04 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Someone

      wiz-master?

      Dec 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   AP

    San Diego has a large homeless population, and the homeless often frequnet libraries. I wonder if this is aimed at homeless persons disposing their improvised toilets from the night before, which unlike a catheter bag, might be a supermarket bag or paper soda cup that leaks over time.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Jetboy

      Do the homeless ‘frequnet’ the library to make use of the dictionary? (I win!)

      Dec 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   beatusmongous

    Please discard your urine separately. Thanks.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   TGIF

    I see they can spare a square.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   AssiveProgressive

    I know someone who likes to camp and sometimes uses the “Doodie Bag” product. Ha, ha, look it up. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds. Apparently she could have saved money by just peeing in grocery bags.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Jami

      Or just peeing and pooping in the woods like all animals do.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   The Elf

      Yeah, it’s just not that hard to dig a cathole.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 6:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
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    Dec 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   The Elf

      And just by peeing into a bag and disposing it in the paper towel bin? I am amazed!

      Dec 4, 2013 at 7:14 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   The Elf

      Oh no, I forgot to say Albert says! I’m out.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 7:16 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   kermit

      Elf, it’s the Internets.

      If you wait long enough, you will find somebody who will buy ANYTHING. Ebay and Etsy have shown us this.

      Besides, there may be quiet a market for bags of urine. If you’re trying to cheat a drug test, trying to get rid of an outdoor cat,…really the possibilities are endless.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 11:16 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Nicki

      Or pregnancy tests. Believe it or not, Craigslist has had ads for pregnancy pee sticks AND pregnant woman pee.

      And that’s just disgusting. Sigh D:

      Dec 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Wonkette

    There are potty training seats that use plastic bags as the receptacle (search Potette plus on Amazon). The bags have little absorbent pads in the bottom, but not all that thick. Once your kid goes potty, you remove the bag and put it in the trash. But the seat also doubles as a booster for a regular toilet, so you don’t need the bag if you are in a restroom, unless the toilets are filthy.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Lita bang

    Putting a pissbag in the trash? That’s just a wee bit unnecessary.

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   The Elf

      Ur in trouble for that pun!

      Dec 4, 2013 at 7:59 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Lita bang

      Oop. Sorry Elf, didn’t mean to piss you off!

      Dec 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
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      Dec 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   buni

    Bags of urine should be taken to the same dumpster as your bags of vomit.
    Thx,
    Sandra

    Dec 4, 2013 at 8:19 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Beatus Mongous

      I urinate far more than I vomit, so I’m unfamiliar with the dumpster to which my vomit should be taken.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   H for Toy

      It’s the facilities dumpster, but you don’t have to. You’re not a woman lady.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   kermit

      True, with that moustache he’s more of a manly lady.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   augmentedballot

    Sarah, which branch was this at? Thanks.

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   The Elf

      So you can avoid in the future, or go scavenging?

      Dec 5, 2013 at 6:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   augmentedballot

      Nah, I’m library. Glad it’s here for posterity, but public doesn’t need the PA.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
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    The men’s fitting room at Fred Meyer in Burlington, WA needs this sign.

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