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the other day i was using the restroom and the person that was in one of the other stalls finished her business then just left the restroom without washing her hands. even if she has hand sanitizer at her desk, i'm curious what could be the reason for this behavior?

the sad thing is, from seeing her shoes (the stalls are very small) when i walked in i know who it was. i just can't look at her the same anymore.

Thu. Jan 31, 6:35pm

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I would be the same way, that is just gross. If she has kids she probably neglected to teach them to wash their hands...

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:45 PM

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many people don't wash their hands every time they pee... i mean really, if the closest you get to touching yourself is through a giant wad of paper, and you're busy, what's the issue? (not to mention pee is sterile) the world is a nasty place, anyway.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:48 PM

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Oh my gosh now that has got to be the grossest thing.
I wash my hands so many times a day they get so sore in the winter. With the cold weather. When I was a kid I wasn't so faithful but as an adult with all the horrible bacteria out there you can't be too safe.
And even if she did have hand sanitizer at her desk what is she going to touch on the way back to her desk. What if her nose itches. That is one way we spread the bacterias. I agree with you OP I too would have a hard time.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:08 PM

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you get more bacteria on your hands touching the faucet and the door knob in the bathroom than you do if you only touch toilet paper. I personally use hand sanitizer at the desk - unles it is TOM or a significant reason otherwise (sorry...gross).

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:14 PM

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it isn't so much the pee that is the problem (obviously if you go #2 you must be washing your hands, i mean, i'm just going to assume that), the door handle into the stall, really everything in there is just gross. wash your hands, use paper towel to turn the facet off, and of course to open the door. my 7 year old daughter has all of this down with no issue (including flushing the toilet with her foot so she isn't touching the gross handle). at home it isn't AS bad, but in public COME ON

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:35 PM

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I completely agree that everyone should wash their hands after going to the washroom. Especially since SO many illnesses spread so easily.

I wouldn't completely judge this woman, OP, if you only saw it happen once. She may have been in a different place mentally, for a valid reason, and forgot her proper habits.

I try to give people a wide birth. Once when someone very close to me passed away, I was in a daze for a bit. I probably forgot some social graces along the way!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:40 PM

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I have so been there I totally confront those people, the worst was when I was at a resturant Oh my God they are servers I reported to the manager after telling our server that I saw her, then we left did not want any "special' sauce

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:45 PM

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good lord you germaphobes are crazy. Why don't you just wear latex gloves instead? Money in incredibly dirty. Hand rails at stairs are usually dirtier than anything in the bathroom.

Personally, when I use the bathroom, I don't get sh*t or urine on my hands. I use enough tp to prevent getting things on my hands.

If you never expose your body to germs you weaken your immune system. I haven't been ill in 3 years and I rarely wash my hands.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 12:30 AM

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You know I have two relatives now that have had huge pieces of their legs missing because of these germs that some think you shouldn't worry about.
I am glad there are those out there that don't get sick. Not everyone is exposed to people all the time and even if you are you just can't fight the viruses.

I am sorry I have to say I wouldn't brag about rarely washing your hands.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 2:38 AM

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Amen to that !who brags about not washing there hands, oh that's right no one knows who you are here...FREAK that is gross!!!

Friday, February 01, 2008, 10:23 AM

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I hope I never have to shake hands with you.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 10:27 AM

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or 12;30 for that matter

Friday, February 01, 2008, 10:28 AM

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Just call me Monk, I thinks its gross that someone does not wash their hands after relieving themselves. I don't care if you take percautions and not get it on your hands. yes, I carry hand santizer and I am not ashame to use it after I shake someone's hand or handle money etc. No I have not been sick in the 10 years. Its just good hygene.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:21 AM

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The stomach flu is spread through contact with, um, excrement, from an infected person. When a toilet flushes with the lid up (and most public toilets don't even have a lid), tiny particles of what was in the toilet get spread onto all the surrounding surfaces (i.e. the door that you have to touch to get out of the stall.) And, hand sanitizer is not effective against the norovirus (stomach flu.) Only hot soap and water are effective.

I used to be lax about washing my hands, but after I learned this, now I'm one of those anal people who washes my hands and then turns off the faucets and opens the door using a paper towel.

I also wash my hands after taking public transportation, and before I eat.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:58 AM

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From a nail-biter who is hardly ever sick, I think washing your hands is over-rated. I wash after I sneeze, I wash after I've been shopping and touching tons of stuff,and I wash after the restroom-mostly. But, I am not crazy. I think being exposed to germs (especially while young) help strengthen your immune system.

After using some public bathrooms, I opt not to wash with the thought that I may actually stay cleaner not touching any of that stuff. And if a little of my (sterile) pee gets on my hand, not a big deal. It is MY sterile pee and not a million other people's everything that is all over the faucets, counter, paper towel dispenser, door handle. Know what I'm saying?

Friday, February 01, 2008, 2:56 PM

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I wash my hands frequently but admit that I don't ALWAYS after using the restroom. Like previous posters stated, if you're using enough TP (when you pee only) then what's the problem. However, I take a papertowel with me to open the stall doors as well as the door leading out of the bathroom because those have germs all over them! Also, germs are horrible on all types of grocery carts etc. It seems you just can't get away from that type of thing. I obviously don't consider myself a germaphobe but i do wash my hands pretty frequently. It's when I'm rushing to a meeting or something that I validate my lack of handwashing after restroom use to the fact that I got NOTHING on my hands! Didn't touch myself and didn't touch the pee, only the TP!!

Friday, February 01, 2008, 3:08 PM

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