Have you ever been the unsuspecting victim of a smelly bathroom? You've been working really hard on this project and you're making real progress. The relief of completing it is in sight. You know you need to go to the bathroom, but you want to keep working.
Finally you can't wait, so you make the mad dash to the office bathroom. You walk in having no clue what level of horror you are about to experience. The smell hits you in the face like a brick the second you open the door. You want to walk out, but waiting too long to go in the first place says you have to stay. Damn!
You get into the stall and realize that the smell is getting worse! Are they still in here? UGH!! You try to hurry because the smell is making you sick. But before you do, the real culprit leaves first. The smell is still awful, so you continue to hurry in order to get away from it ASAP! You exit the stall stopping only to wash your hands, but insult gets added to injury before it's over!
Another person walks in, who is also immediately violated by the smell! Then, they look over and see nobody but you! Feverishly scrubbing your hands! Yup, you look guilty. and that's when I realized..... They have no idea that you are trying to get out of the bathroom as quickly as possible because you also can’t stand the smell!
You start to go over your options in your head. Do you make eye contact and say hello, hoping that they know that's your indirect way of saying "I know the smell in here is horrible, but it wasn't me"? Or, do you avoid their stare at all costs pretending like you don't realize how bad the bathroom smells, hoping that they have no idea who you are. Either way, you look guilty!
This is what happened to me last week. I walked into the bathroom having no idea what I was in for. This was the worst smell in the world! I wanted to leave, but I couldn't wait any longer. So I rushed into a stall. Then, I realized that the person was in the stall right next to me. I hoped they could feel me giving them the evil eye through the wall. No courtesy flushing or anything? What the hell? You don’t know that you’re not the only person in here and that nobody else wants to smell your crap?!
Finally, the flush! And somehow, they managed to get out of the bathroom before me. I come out in a hurry to wash my hands and get the hell out of that bathroom too. But before I can finish and get out, it happened. Another person walked in. Oh no! And, she’s got that look of disgust all over her face! Then she notices me. I know she thinks I was the one who made this place smell like something had been dead in there for months! What's a person to do??
First, I tried not to make eye contact, but I watched them walk by me giving me "the look". I couldn't take it, so, I turned to them and said, "Hey, it smelled like this when I came in here". Her half-ass, “sure it wasn't you smile” made me want to find the person who created this whole ugly scenario and drag them back into the bathroom and make them admit that they did it? Is that wrong? I wanted to mark her with a big brown "X" so that everyone knows it was her and not me!
I almost wanted to continue to explain, but I didn't. I just looked back with my half-assed “I know you don’t believe me smile” and walked out. Eventually, I was able to see the humor in this ordeal, but it took a while. Also, since we're discussing public bathrooms, there are a few other things I'd like to mention. Please keep these things in mind.....
Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?
Have a great day at work today, and please don't do anything that will get you fired and/or arrested!
The Working Poor
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