Worst Sign I've Ever Seen in a Restaurant Restroom

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Yesterday I was in a bathroom at a Mexican restaurant and spotted this sign. My knowledge of Spanglish couldn’t read the Spanish sign, but I read the English translation correctly. Initially, I thought it was maybe a transnational error, but I showed that photo to a native Spanish-speaker the and she said it translated correctly. Oh good, so it is as repulsive as I had feared.

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  • I won't pretend to know any Spanish at all, but I did input this phrase into Google Translate and got this:


    Apparently it translates to "Please do not throw paper in the toilet." I dunno, Google could be wrong. I'd trust a native speaker over a computer any day of the week.

  • It's a cultural thing... you wouldn't get it

  • Could be a cultural thing. In Mexico, plumbing doesn't support the ability to throw paper and other stuff down the toilet. Some make the same assumption about Chicago pipes.

    Then again, if you've got a property owner in Chicago too cheap to replace 100 year old plumbing then you've got the same problem.

    And where are the other pictures in this "gallery"?

  • Maybe they mean, "Don't put paper towels in the toilet."

  • Oh, I suppose you'd like to flush your fecal matter, too?

  • At my high school, they had signs in the stalls that said "Flush twice. It's a long way to the cafeteria". Bada-bing. But seriously, the most disgusting thing I ever saw in a restaurant toilet was dirty underwear with poop on it in the corner of a stall at a restaurant of a fairly well-known chain that features pies on 79th street, south side of the street, just west of Cicero Avenue.

  • In reply to padraig:

    Oh, that's where I left my underwear. I was wondering...

  • In reply to padraig:

    why are you so confused in regards to this sign? i think it is common sense to think that perhaps if you do throw toilet paper down the toilet, the toilet may undergo problems.......... She didn't post it because she wanted to purposely annoy customers. think a bit more next time.

  • In reply to padraig:

    So we can all agree that it was applechick's poopy underwear?

  • In reply to tony10:

    1) If the toilet can't handle the toilet paper, is it still toilet paper?

    2) Tony- yes.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    Oh, and I thought a bit more that time.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    I'm not shocked. My stepfather has an older house where you have to be very careful about only flushing very small amounts of toilet paper or clogging the toilet...and even in the much newer place where I live, it gets clogged from time to time. And it is a cultural thing too, a practical one...certainly it is more sanitary that a clogged or overflowing toilet!

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    In Chicago? My company cleans offices and one of our customers brings in 50 or so Mexicans for temp labor. These people put used toilet paper in the wastebasket because that is the way it is done in parts of Mexico. We have to tell the foreman to teach them how to use the restrooms. So this is no joke but I wouldn't expect a restaurant in Chicago to ask patrons to do this.

  • In reply to edwardsamson:

    Yeah this was in Chicago. Northside.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    Well, maybe they are just trying to keep a little emotional connection to the old country.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    It could be somebody's ballot. Need to save it until all the votes are in.

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