Excuse me, this is my private public bathroom

December 5th, 2013 · 125 comments

Our submitter from Washington state found this note in one of the restrooms in her office building.”The toothbrushes and mouthwash have been there for a few weeks,” she says. “I’m not sure why they’re there or who posted the note, but I appreciate the incredulous tone.”

Is this a staff collection of tooth brushes? WHAT IS HAPPENING!?

I don’t really have anything against brushing your teeth at the office, but between yesterday’s note and today’s, I’m starting to wonder if “public restroom” means something different to people on the West Coast. This posting from a Los Angeles-based Yelp user only deepened my suspicions:

The Office Bathroom: a home away from home?

related: “You are not fit to use a public toilet, you filthy mutt.”

extra credit: The Office Bathroom: Now a Home Away From Home [forbes.com]

FILED UNDER: bathroom · hygiene · office · Washington state

125 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Priscila

    You can always hang photos of your last family vacation, to feel more like home and relaxed when concentrated over the toilet doing your stuff.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   magicdomino

      Who the hell is Lillian?

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      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   The Elf

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      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Jami

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      “I don’t like SPAM!”

      “Sshh, dear, don’t cause a fuss. I’ll have your spam. I love it. I’m having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam!”

      Dec 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Raichu

      Her name is Sandra. We should thx her for the free spam.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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      Dec 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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      Dec 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Quite Contrary

    People are reviewing bathrooms on yelp now?

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Geek Goddess

    In response I exclamation about this is why to feel more relaxed and the budget is longer than to myself who uses phrases go right there.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Geek Goddess

      And the deletion of the comment that this was in response to leaves me, once again, looking like a complete fool.

      So, nothing out of the ordinary then.

      What, are you still here? Move along, nothing to see.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 2:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      I was assuming it was a code.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   TKD

      Dammit! I was locked in the basement since Thursday night, writing on the walls trying to decode this damned comment. I almost had it too, but some asshat added another voice to my head. A whole weekend wasted!

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Redheadwglasses

    Just think of the variety of airborne fecal particles landing on those indoor-only toothbrushes.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   joshua poe

      MYTHBUSTERS tackled this one a few years ago. There is no difference in the amount or fecal particulates or micro organisms on tooth brushes left out in the bathroom that those left out in other rooms of the house. Check it out on thier website.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Ryan

      Wait, you have one of those fancy indoor/outdoor toothbrushes? Or are you like me and went with the outdoor only model? I think its really the only way to brush. The air compressor is sure loud, but it’s nice being able to leave my brush on the wall by the planter after I finish rinsing my teeth in the garden fountain. Ahhh, nature. I’ll never go back to the indoor-only brush again.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   JK

      If your toothbrushes AND your cats are indoor/outdoor, there’s an opportunity for efficiency here. We just need to settle on a method.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   1deprogrammed1

      I’m disturbed that a toothbrush, left in a kitchen, will collect the same amount of fecal material as those left in the bathroom. Perhaps in a Mythbuster’s home this is true. Not in mine.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   The Elf

      I keep my toothbrush indoors, but I still maintain a few outdoor only brushes.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   The Elf

      Ever try to brush a cat’s teeth? That’s a band-aid moment.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 11:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.7   Beatus Mongous

      Deprogrammed, just put the lid down on the toilet before flushing. Problem solved.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.8   The Elf

      Actually, that might solve the cat toothbrush problem too.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.9   Raichu

      I had the pleasure of watching my aunt and cousin pill their cat when I was visiting them over Thanksgiving. He acted like he was being murdered. I can’t imagine tooth brushing is any easier – probably harder.

      (Dogs, on the other hand, will gladly take a pill because ohmygoodness, another thing to eat!! The very most you have to do for most dogs is coat it in peanut butter. This same aunt’s dog also loves having her teeth brushed. The toothpaste apparently tastes like chicken. She trots up happily when she sees the toothbrush and licks her teeth constantly during and after the very quick process.)

      Dec 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.10   L


      So my aunt’s dog is a fat old corgi with arthritis. He’s something like 12, 15, something like that now. My aunt takes him to the vet and the vet gives him a pill in one of those treat pouch things? He eats the treat pouch and hacks and coughs and gags out the pill.

      The vet gets one of those things, like a spoon thing or whatever, the thing that like throws the pills down their throat? And she asks my aunt if she wants to try it because she’ll have to if he won’t eat it with the treat pouch.

      My aunt goes, “Nuh-uh!” So she picks the pill up, holds it out, and goes, “Here, Fred, eat this.”

      So he does, right out of her hand.

      Now he gets a piece of hot dog (like a 6th or 8th or something) when he eats his pill. He doesn’t need the pills hidden in them, but he gets a treat for eating it XD

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.11   Nectaris


      Not necessarily. One of our dogs figured out that peanut butter held pills and started refusing to eat peanut butter. In general, it was getting harder and harder to give her her meds as she would start running if she heard a pill bottle and generally tried to keep from eating the pills. Fortunately we then found the greenies pill pockets, both the dogs love them.

      Granted, none of our cats have needed oral medicine in a long time, and I seem to remember all we had to do was hide the pill in some wet foot.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.12   Lita bang

      I’m going to assume you meant FOOD, Nectaris, but that mental image is far too hilarious.

      I hate having to pill my cats. One of them doesn’t really care if she gets pilled (thank god, she’s the one with all the issues and she will not eat anything that isn’t dry kibble), but the other three. Especially the kitten. I ended up with a ventilated hand and arm the last time I tried to give the kitten a pill.

      Maybe next time I’ll try cheese. Cheese is always good…

      Dec 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.13   mystic_eye_cda

      I found that in order to get our dog to eat a pill in cheese/peanut butter the trick was to toss it in the air, because he scarfed it down without chewing.

      Problem is now he’s going blind and can’t catch.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 12:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.14   assiveProgressive

      We would give our dog pills wrapped up in slices of cheese and she loved it. It got so that whenever we would open up the deli drawer inthe fridge, she would come running when she heard it.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 1:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.15   Seanette

      With cats, I find liquid meds easier to give than pills.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 2:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.16   Mickey Butters bang

      Never heard the phrase “pill the cat” before.

      I like it.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 10:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.17   Jami

      When Audrey (my cocker spaniel) was alive I found the best way to give her pills was in a raw meatball. Yes, we fed her raw beef, just a little over a teaspoon’s worth a day. Her arthritis medicine was easy to give cause it was malt flavored and she thought it was a dog treat.

      Minnie, if the pill is tiny enough I can hide it in her food. But she mostly gets liquid meds cause her throat’s too tiny to force pills down and she only had five teeth left.

      Brushing her remaining teeth is hard. In the puppy mill of course she got no dental care. So she’s not used to someone cleaning her teeth and will fight me. Also her gums bleed a LOT even with the soft infant toothbrush I bought. But I keep trying cause I want her to keep the few teeth she has left.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.18   Raichu

      Huh. My older dog loves getting her pills. Partly it’s because she gets them right before her evening treats, but I quite honestly think she just sees it as an extension of the treats. Her entire reaction is “oh yeah! another thing to eat! *noms*”

      The younger one is a bit pickier because of her past (she spent the first two years of her life eating raw meat), but we haven’t had to give her any medicine thus far. Not sure what her response would be. She’s adjusting to her new diet pretty well too even though it was rocky at first.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 12:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.19   The Elf

      You haven’t pilled anything until you’ve pilled a snake.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.20   kermit

      I dunno, but shouldn’t snakes be really easy to pill? I mean, worst case scenario you just pry the jaws open with a popsicle stick, deposit the pill and then hold it shut for a bit until it goes down?

      Dec 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.21   Geek Goddess

      The vet prescribed antibiotics in pill form for my dog. I asked if I could have a liquid version, as he would take that more readily. The vet said that it wasn’t that hard to give a small pill to a dog if you do it properly, and asked if I would like her to show me. So she held Rex’s mouth open, pushed the pill to the back of his tongue, held his mouth shut and his head up while stroking his throat until he had swallowed a couple of times, and then said, “There!” She let go of him, and he spit the pill out.
      There, indeed. That’s why I used to glue his thyroid pills to his kibble.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.22   kermit

      Fair enough, but with a snake you don’t have to deal with its legs or shoulders, so I would assume that lifting it up by its head/neck would do the trick.

      Granted, I have never owned a snake and the whole idea just scares the hell out of me.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.23   Beatus Mongous

      If you think pills are rough, try giving your pet a suppository.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.24   The Elf

      Kermit, the problem isn’t as much the moment of the pilling. It’s the immediate after affect. Plus, they are shockingly strong and you really need to get a grip on them because they will go all fight-or-flight on you. And that hiss strikes something very instinctual in a person. After one bitey attempt I ended up pilling the food and then feeding the snake. The end result was the same. It was sort of like smuggling the pill in cream cheese, except instead of pliant cheese, it was a squirmy mouse. Who wasn’t happy about being pilled either, but at least had smaller teeth.

      And Beatus, been there. Not my favorite moment of ferret care. At least I’ve never had to express anal glands. I hear that’s *special*.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.25   kermit

      Geez, that sounds awful. These stories make me glad (even more so than usual) that I don’t have to take care of snakes. I’m pretty sure that the snake (venomous or not) would try to strangle me in my sleep after a pilling episode.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.26   H for Toy

      I feel about pet snakes the way some people feel about children. They’re cool to hang out with and exclaim over, but you’re really, really glad they’re going home with someone else.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.27   buni

      I imagine that pilling the mouse prior to pilling the snake would be easier if the mouse were pre-deceased.
      Is there any benefit to serving fresh food, rather than frozen?

      Dec 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.28   The Elf

      Yeah. Some snakes won’t eat mice on ice. Not even if you heat them up and wave them around with tongs like they’re moving. Damn picky eaters.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.29   Lita bang

      My sister’s snake hated mice-on-ice. This led to said sister inadvertently exploding a frozen mouse on the snake’s heat lamp…and she’d just had pizza. She never ate that kind of pizza again.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.30   mutzali

      My son’s 5-foot ball python developed respiratory problems and had to have antibiotic injections 2X daily. Man, I would just get the needle in alongside the backbone and he’d FLE-E-E-EX, and the needle would pop out. I learned to be fast on the draw. He never showed any other sign that this annoyed him.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.31   kermit

      Mice on ice? Heating them up and making them dance around with tongs?

      This is crazy and you are all insane.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.32   Lita bang

      I thought we knew that already, Kermit.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.33   kermit

      Making dead mice dance to get a snake to eat them is a whole other level of cat lady crazy, though. I’m surprised no one has invented the snake version of kibble, though.

      And, I’m sorry but “mice on ice” will always connote mice on ice skates for me.

      Dec 10, 2013 at 7:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Ginger Cynic

    Yeah keeping it in the bathroom is a little far, but I have little problem with people putting makeup on or going through a morning routine at the office. Your office is getting staff that are extra well-groomed with fresh breath, what’s the problem?

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Redheadwglasses

      I once read an advice column on which a LW complained about a coworker who brushed her teeth on the restroom after lunch. The coworker was being inappropriate in her methods; the LW simply thought it was a disgusting thing to do in a restroom that others use, and gross to spit into the sink (but the coworker cleaned up after herself).

      And the advice columnist agreed!

      Geez, I have been brushing my teeth at work after lunch for about 25 years now. Never knew how offensive someone would find that.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Jami

      I have a coworker who does that. I don’t mind her brushing her teeth at work. What I do mind is her having to tell me about it. Lady, I’m glad you believe in brushing your teeth, especially if you have onion breath after lunch, but I do NOT need to know!

      Dec 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   snarchitect

      For me I don’t mind it in theory–but in practice, the bathroom in my office is *tiny*. 2 stalls, and 2 sinks squished close together. There is a woman who brushes her teeth after lunch every day and I try to avoid using the bathroom when I think she will go in there, because then I can’t wash my hands without basically getting foamed on. Ick.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Redheadwglasses

      Oops. Coworker was NOT being inappropriate.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   Beatus Mongous

      Redhead, advice columnists can be idiots.

      I commend those that brush their teeth after lunch, as long as they don’t make a mess while doing it. However, one should keep one’s toothbrush in one of those little plastic containers used for traveling.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   Raichu

      And put it in their desk/bag, not the bathroom counter.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.7   L

      Don’t you have to do that if you have braces?

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.8   Beatus Mongous

      Nobody “has” to do anything but die.

      However, if you ignore your teeth, they’re sure to go away.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Mark

    This reminds me of a story (myth?) where a couple of guys broke into a family’s vacation home while they were at the beach and raided their fridge. They later found out after they developed their photos (pre-digital) on a camera (that was in the house at the time) that the robbers took pictures of themselves with the owners’ toothbrushes up their butts. I have a toothbrush at work, but I would never leave it out of my desk.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Lita bang

      Myth. Disgustingly funny in its way, but a myth.

      Snopes’ debunk of it has a good point – how many people would recognize a toothbrush just by the handle right off the bat? And if the bristles were the end sticking out, it wouldn’t be (quite) as bad.

      I personally bow to anyone who has the intestinal fortitude (yes, I went there, what of it) to put the bristle end of a toothbrush up their arse.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Snowflame

      Well, if you were the mythological burglar and desperately wanted to do that for whatever reason, I would assume you would do a series of pictures. 1. Toothbrush, 2. Asshole, 3. The two in glorious harmony. I suspect most people would get the point then.

      Honestly, any would-be burglars who want to do that should just take a photo of them using the toothbrush to clean the toilet. It’ll have much the same effect and sounds far less uncomfortable. And that is my advice to the larcenous community for today.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ryan

    Dear Mr. Be Real,

    Your coworker story is good, but you never met my coworker, Bob. Bob was a very nice, later middle-aged man, short, small, balding, got a thing for wizard figurines and small pewter army of them at his cube, and he had some SERIOUS rituals.

    Every day for lunch (lunch was promptly at 12:30 pm, every day), Bob would take his lunch bag to the kitchen/copy room and tear open a bag of hermetically-sealed “salmon.” I use quotes because I don’t think anything organic actually requires such thick packaging, but we’ll call it salmon. He would then put it in the microwave and gas the whole office. You could always tell when Bob was having lunch as soon as you walked into the ground floor lobby (our office was on the second floor) because of the fresh stench of nerve gas in the air.

    Bob would prepare a sandwich with white bread, lettuce, and pre-sliced tomato, apply his crime against humanity to it, go back to his desk, and eat. He would have the sandwich and an apple, always in that order, and never shall a bite be taken from the apple until the only reminder of the salmon is the stickiness we would all feel slowly develop on our skin as the cloud of evil slowly settled.

    After lunch, though, Bob would clean up. And this is where it gets good. See, Bob’s a neat freak (or maybe it’s his wizards who demand cleanliness?) and staying sanitary was important. So, he would bust out the hand sanitizer, load his hands up with it, and then RUB IT ALL OVER HIS BALD HEAD AND FACE OH MY GOD BOB WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING. Sanitizer doesn’t lather, but Bob sure tried. He would rub that crap over every exposed inch from his shirt to the three hairs of his combover. Now, I sat across from Bob, and it was almost impossible not to stare at this each and every time it happened. It got to where I’d try to time my lunch just to make sure I got to witness it and prove that I hadn’t had some LSD dream. I have a hard time thinking that he believed this was normal behavior, since nobody else in the office or world was rubbing themselves down in plain sight with hand sanitizer, but Bob didn’t care. If you made eye contact with him, he had a very focused and potentially hostile look on his face. Needless to say, nobody interrupted him, ever.

    After his bath of insanity, Bob would mop up any remaining sanitizer from his skull with a mere kleenex, which, without fail, wasn’t up to the task, so he would repeat with another kleenex until dry. He would then ball them all up into a single wad, pivot in his chair to face the garbage can three feet away, aim, shoot, and…miss. And every time, he would sigh, slump his shoulders like he’d just stepped on a little girl’s pet guinea pig, and waddle over to throw away the wad.

    For the next hour, Bob would sit on a balance ball instead of his chair. Now, this is not uncommon at all, except remember, I sit directly across from Bob, only our desks in the way. So from my vantage point, as Bob would move about on his ball, shifting weight back and forth, his head would move up and down like a buoy in a stormy lake.

    That’s right, Bob would bob. For an hour a day.

    That job was awesome.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Sara

      That story reminds me of the game office jerk. That, and you’re a liar.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Bob

      I am that Bob and these are all LIES!

      Lies, I tell ya!

      Dec 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   H for Toy

      True or not, if you make me laugh that hard every time I read your comment, Ryan, you’re welcome to lie here any day!

      Dec 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Redheadwglasses

      Omg that was hilarious.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   TGIF

      SO funny. For some reason, I keep picturing Bob as a squirrel.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   Redheadwglasses

      What do you have against squirrels?

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.7   Juju-Skittles

      I am in awe of this story. I feel like a kindly kid sitting on the floor during story time. Love it!

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.8   kermit

      Have you ever seen a squirrel wash itself, Red? They’re just as thorough and frenzied as (fictional) Bob up there.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 6:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.9   buni

      I just love the phrase “bath of insanity”.
      I don’t care if the story is true or not, it was expertly told.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.10   Beatus Mongous

      I don’t know what is more disturbing, Bob’s routine, or your very detailed recollection of it.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Dan

    If you left a toothbrush out on the counter at work, I know at least a few people who would take it in the stall an use it to clean the toilet bowl with and then put it back on the same counter.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   FeRD bang

      That’s really the only concern that would temper my initial inclination, which is to “borrow” a different one each day to brush my teeth with. Communal toothcare products (in tie-dye color combinations), righteous!

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Rory Breaker

    Mr. “Be Real” must not have been living in L.A. for long. Why is it such a surprise someone would show up at 6:30 AM before the traffic became unbearable for such a long ritual?

    Dec 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   The Elf

      The problem is not the hour. FWIW, people in DC show up to work at 6:30 all the time, for the same reason. It’s just what you do. The problem is the morning ablutions.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   kermit

      Hold on, if people show up at work at 6:30 all the time, then doesn’t just that shift the traffic jam hour ahead to 6?

      Dec 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   The Elf

      Nah, because not everyone does it. It’s just not uncommon. You’ll also have people shift the other way. The net result is a very LONG traffic jam, but not a total gridlock, which is what you would have if everyone drove at the same time.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Belle

    Shove your spam up your ass. You’re not welcome here.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      I love how this reply remains after the spam is deleted, which makes for a very interesting chain. You get Rory Breaker talking about arriving at 6:30am and then SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS. Well! I guess *someone* isn’t a morning person!

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Rory Breaker

      Is this some white c–ts joke that black c–ts don’t get?

      Dec 10, 2013 at 2:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Tard

    Teresa, your mother sucks cocks in hell.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Meme

      … which explains the toothbrushes?

      Dec 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Tard

    Leaving your toothbrush out in a public restroom?
    It’s got to be a joke, nobody is that clueless.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Redheadwglasses

    Tonight on Facebook, passiveaggressivenotes’ page popped up as something I might like. I “liked” and headed over there and checked out the comments.

    They don’t compare to the gems (and community) here.

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   H for Toy

      It’s true. However, I did notice one comment that brought up East Coast vs West Coast bathroom cleanliness, if anyone’s looking for a good debate.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   H for Toy

      For my money though, worst bathrooms ever? Arkansas. Hands down.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   Lainey

      H – I respectfully disagree. My fiance encountered a truck stop in TN that had a bathroom that put the one in Trainspotting to shame. But when a post-Starbucks attack comes without warning, you take what foul, overflowing, doorless opportunity the next exit will give you. Needless to say he’s never had Starbucks since.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.4   AlyInSebby

      OMG Red,

      You need to head back over there and open a can of “Indoor Cat/Outdoor Cat” insanity on them.

      You might break the facebooks! How awesome would THAT be!?

      Dec 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.5   H for Toy

      I didn’t have any problems with TN bathrooms, Lainey, but then, I also didn’t stop at any truck stops… or drink any Starbucks only way through. I’ll do my best to avoid that!

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   shwo! bang


    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Redheadwglasses

      Shwo, you never disappoint.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Redheadwglasses

      But the day you do….

      Dec 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   assiveProgressive

    That counter looks groady. I wouldn’t rest a toothbrush there for a second. One of my pet peeves when I go camping is dirty sinks/counters. Why do ladies who are camping apply a crap load of makeup and mess up the sinks?

    Dec 6, 2013 at 1:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   beesknees83 bang

      Sinks? I think we call that “glamping” if you’re camping and you have a sink.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 1:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   kathlynn

      Most/many camp sites have bathroom facilities, so people can relieve themselves, shower, and wash up afterwards. They have sinks. nothing special about it.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   The Elf

      I’m with Beesknees on that one. There’s “camping” (trailer or tent in a campground with facilities) and then there’s camping (throwing the tent on the ground in the middle of the woods, sometimes after hiking in). I do both, I enjoy both. But there’s a big difference and the biggest is in the lack of bathroom. If you have a sink, you’re not for real-real camping.

      While “camping”, I’ve noticed the make-up phenomena too. Seriously, ladies, we’re in the middle of a state park. It’s summertime, hot and humid. Do you really need make-up?

      Dec 6, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   H for Toy

      I once went to a friends’ wedding out of state, and couldn’t afford a hotel, so we camped at a campsite. The next morning, I got all dressed up, hair, makeup, and all that. People must have thought I was crazy! I do enjoy wilderness camping, though. Need to do that again.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   Snowflame

      My colleague went camping with his wife and they decided to get a pitch with an electricity supply so they could use their hair straighteners. Apparently they’d tried going without last time and it just wasn’t acceptable.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.6   Jami

      Makeup now a days often has SPF in it and tends to break one out much less than sunscreen even if said sunscreen is made for the face. Therefore putting makeup on while camping means less chance for skin cancer later.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.7   betty lou

      I backpacked over 800 miles of the Appalachian Trail this past summer, and I did apply BB cream (which some would call makeup) nearly every day, because it was the only product with SPF that didn’t make me break out and didn’t run into my eyes. Weighed the same as the tube of sunscreen would have, so I figured I was willing to carry it.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.8   assiveProgressive

      Hmm, must check out this BB cream. The painted camping ladies I was thinking of had eye shadow and the whole works.

      Dec 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.9   Jami

      Even eye shadow can have SPF now. Lipstick does. So do some of the blushes I find. And there’s that myth that if you put a 15 SPF over a 20 SPF it’ll equal a 35 SPF, but that’s simply not true. More people need to read The Beauty Brains on that subject.

      So while there’s a 75% chance they’re doing it just to look glamorous/because they’ve never been seen without makeup, there’s a 25% chance they simply don’t want premature aging or skin cancer. Especially since the latter if not caught can metastasize into other kinds of cancer.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 9:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.10   The Elf

      Eh, not buying it. You want SPF protection, put on an actual sunscreen. Those with extremely sensitive skin probably aren’t wearing make-up anyway. It’s one of the prime reasons I don’t. I’m allergic to pretty much all make-up. But if the only thing that works for you is BB cream (which is not the same as make-up in my book) or some specific make-up, then go for it.

      There is a tiny chance that the make-up I see “glampers” apply is for a practical reason. But odds are it’s just because the idea of going without make-up (or an electric hair straightener) is just too horrifying for them to contemplate. Ever see Spaceballs? “It’s my industrial strength hair dryer and I can’t live without it!”

      I always figure the same ones putting on make-up at a campsite are the same ones hauling 3 big bags of luggage to the airport for a four day trip.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.11   Jami

      Sunscreen makes me break out BADLY. Makeup however, doesn’t. I break out some cause of the PCOS and because I have acne rosacea. But with sunscreen the breakouts are horrifyingly bad – almost as bad as if I had been eating whole wheat products.

      Granted, I don’t use eye makeup. I even made a YouTube video of me putting it on to show how awful I am at it so people will stop bugging me to wear it. (Seriously, in the past I’ve actually gotten hate mail because I don’t wear eye shadow!)

      But I’m trying to give a reason for the makeup. I wear foundation, blush, and lipstick when on fishing trips.

      No hair straighter cause I don’t look good with straight hair. Curlers and a hairdryer.

      However, I also don’t really camp anymore. Because mom’s handicapped we stay in motels near the areas we’re going to fish.

      Dec 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.12   rushgirl2112

      “That counter looks groady.”

      Wow, I haven’t heard that word since the 80s . . . great flashback! :)

      Dec 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   beesknees83 bang

    I don’t mind cleanliness and all, but I suspect certain toothbrush owners never went home the night before.

    Dec 6, 2013 at 1:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Tard

      You mean they are lying in a congealed pool of their own blood inside their tents, pants around their ankles?!

      Oh, I agree.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 8:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Belle

    I can only brush my teeth in the “one seater” type bathroom. I would never leave my stuff out on the counter in the work bathroom, as you don’t know how many anti-social or sociopaths you work with. Someone’s toothbrush is going to clean the toilet.

    Dec 6, 2013 at 4:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Jess

    In Japan it’s totally normal to walk into the shared public restrooms and find people brushing their teeth, calmly chatting amongst one another trying to contain their foamy-spittle, then gargling loudly and going on with their day. Everyone does this. I’ve caught Japanese people doing it in Vegas. Would you rather people walk around with breath smelling like fermented soybeans and coffee? Now, to be fair- everyone tends to carry a cute little travel case with mini-toothpaste and enclosed toothbrush, so they can go about their business, clean up then hide the evidence. I’ve been doing this since I was in my early 20s, even in Vegas… but, again, keeping my toothbrush in a travel case that I can tuck into my purse.

    Dec 6, 2013 at 5:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   assiveProgressive

      The Japanese people must have nice teeth.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 11:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   pooham

      I like coffee breath. My earliest memories are of my Mom and her coffee breath.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.3   L

      Man, I would LOVE if that became popular here. That kit would be great for traveling. (I’m terrible at packing XD)

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   kathlynn

    And my former manager hated me for showing up to work 30 minutes early to eat and read my book (I bought my food from my company).

    Dec 6, 2013 at 7:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   mamapajama

    That ‘staff collection’ may well lead to a ‘staph infection’.

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   assiveProgressive

      They are an e-coli opportunity employer

      Dec 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   oi

    You can’t pay me enough to put my toothbrush in the public restroom. Even at my home,my brush is safely tucked in a cover inside the cabinet. The toilet is right there with it’s lid open. *shudder*

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   buni

      I leave my toothbrush out on the counter (no medicine cabinet in my house), but my toilet lid is always closed before flushing.

      Dec 6, 2013 at 11:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Lisa S.

    In all fairness, when I worked in an office, I kept a little toiletry bag of supplies in my desk so I could go to the bathroom as needed and apply deodorant, brush teeth, pluck an errant facial hair, etc. I didn’t, however, leave a cache of supplies in the actual restroom. That’s just nasty.

    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Haribo Lector

    Maybe the guy in the LA Yelp comment is carpooling with someone else who needed to be in work that early, which didn’t leave him time to perform his ablutions at home.

    Dec 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Guest

      Now this makes sense.

      Dec 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Anonymous

    lol God this person is so annoying! If they are so bothered with this person’s routine, they can just ignore them! I’m not saying I would do that at work. But just let that person do their own thing, and let them get caught. It’s not your business so therefore, ignore lol.

    Dec 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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