Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Potty Mouth

I work in a professional building downtown Cleveland. It houses the bank's support areas, a big four accounting firm, and a major law firm...among other things.

There is a cafeteria in this building that we all share. Occasionally, I'll stop in the restroom on that floor.

There, on the back of each stall door, is a taped piece of paper that states, "Please make sure your seat is clean and the toilet is completely flushed before leaving."

1. Noting the clientele above that use these facilities, does it bother anyone else that this had to be put in writing?

2. If a person was to make a mess on the seat, do you think they are the type of person that could be swayed by a plea scotch taped to the door?

3. Does the cleaning crew not know they are signing on for this type of risk when the choose to enter the toilet cleaning industry?

It's like the signs that everyone puts up asking us women-folk not to flush our "tampons and sanitary napkins" (seriously, who flushes pads?) because they clog the plumbing. There are the people that do and the people that don't. Your sign is not going to change that.

I would prefer more helpful signage, like:

"Did you remember to make sure your skirt is not tucked into your underwear?"

"Beware of loose toilet paper stuck to your shoe."

"Reminder: The lights in here are fluorescent. You don't actually look like this."


  1. We have added the very amusing -- "Stall Talk" to our bathrooms in the fine educational sector.
    Stall Talk (which we ripped off -- see sample is basically a lot of fun fact type info tacked to the doors in little plastic sleeves. What realy concerns me is that sometimes the sleeves are empty -- is this really literature you need to take with you?

  2. "Please make sure your seat is clean . . ."

    I am very, uh, anal about that: I must pat the seat of my trousers 10 times a day to make sure that it's dry and clean.

    I'd watch those folks from the accounting firms, though.