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Bad Bathroom Etiquette

Dec 15, 2010

Last year, we wrote about how Harvard University students were given a list of bathroom etiquette rules.

The Daily Princetonian recently published an article about the bad bathroom habits of Princeton’s students that janitors have to deal with. From piles of toilet paper on the floor to vomit and bottles of urine, students leave messes to be cleaned up by janitorial staff.

One of the reasons cited for inconsiderate behavior is the lack of visibility and contact between students and janitors.

“It’s not that they’re disrespectful, they’re just not conscious of [the janitors],” explained Hana Passen ’12, an RCA in Mathey College. “Everything happens in the morning. It’s all hidden under the rug, which makes it very easy for people to overlook. They figure the trash gets picked up and don’t really think about it.”

These problems seem to be ubiquitous- with the majority of people cleaning up after themselves. But there’s always a few stories that stick out in people’s minds that give the impression of disrespect.

What bad bathroom etiquette and habits have you encountered?

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13 Responses to “Bad Bathroom Etiquette”

  1. Managed Hosting - February 28th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Living in Dorms with 20 other females was the absolute worse, and yet I managed to live through it. “Hair Baby” became a popular term for a few of the girls who left gobs of it in the shower. And the boys, of course, liked to use our toilets to vomit in. Public living is really the worst, but yet you would think more people would be conscious!

  2. amanda wyles - April 11th, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Definitely. Boys are absolute pigs. Mind you, the girls I’ve shared with leave a lot to be desired. Watching their toilets habits, ensures I would never take up a dinner date in the future.

  3. Rug Cleaning Culver City - April 28th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    My brother is the worst on cleaning up after himself. Granted he has his own bathroom, but I don’t think I’ve seen him clean it. Leaves toothpaste dots on the mirror and wet towels on the ground. It’s weird because my father is a super neat freak so I know it’s not just because he’s a boy.

  4. Molly - April 29th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Some men seem to have been “trained” better than others! My dad is a neat freak but I bet he’s never cleaned the bathroom still.

  5. Car Title Loans - April 29th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    It’s a myth that all females are clean. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone into a women’s public restroom and when I’m about to go into a stall, I look, turn and try the next. Then the next. You women know what I mean right?

  6. Molly - May 3rd, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Had this happen many times! I think it’s due to the squat and hover method for ladies 😉

  7. Rug Appraisal Los Angeles - May 3rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I know what you mean! And I do believe it’s from the “squat and hover”..hhaha. One thing that I can not deal with is vomit. Thankfully, in college I lived in a dorm where I never had to encounter that, but I continue to knock on wood to never run into that now with my kids.

  8. Molly - May 4th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Yikes! I guess it’s better to vomit in the toilet than anywhere else!

  9. flooring contractor Louisiana - May 25th, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Let us remember that we are not the only ones who use the toilet or comfort room, especially if it is a public one. Aside from that, toilet fixtures and materials are not cheap and if we are not careful, we may break parts of it like the floor tiles. We have etiquette when it comes to eating and we also have for using the bathroom and I do hope that we apply it.

  10. Dentists West Hollywood - June 8th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I’ve encountered hair clumps, snot-filled tissues on the floor, and wet puddles (when we clearly have a mat). I’ll admit that some of the hair strands are from me, but definitely not the others.

  11. SmithJhonson - July 18th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Here also the same. The hair strands falled on the floor. It gives some sort of uncomfort.

  12. Car Lease Broker Los Angeles - October 11th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I would hate to be a janitor at one of those schools, or any school at that.

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