Tim (littlebluedog) wrote,
Tim
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urinal mystery

Guys (and girls, I guess), need your help on this one.

There is one wall-mounted urinal in the men's restroom at work. About 50% of the time I visit the facilities, someone has left a folded paper towel sitting on the upper edge of the urinal (the horizontal porcelain surface the pipe comes out of and attaches to the wall). Sometimes there are two or three. I've been trying to determine why.

I thought it might be some hygienic-minded guy using it like one of those paper rings for the toilet seat, so as not to actually have to touch the urinal. Only the thing has no manual flushing mechanism (it has some kind of sensor on it), so there's no reason to touch any part of it, before, during, or after doing your business.

So a few more bizarre possibilities occurred to me.

Like, maybe the guy grabs a paper towel and saves himself some time by washing his hands after doing his business by sticking his hands in the flushing water, then drying them off? In which case, why leave the towel there?

Or, maybe the guy doesn't do the usual "tap the little fireman" routine to free that last drop before tucking himself back into his pants, and instead employs a paper towel? In which case, wouldn't leaving it there be just about as disgusting as tossing dirtied tissue paper on the bathroom floor?

Or, considering that we share the floor with a company that offers translation services, and thus employs a number of guys from other countries/cultures, could it be a cultural practice?
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