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October 15, 2006


From the series "potentially disgusting mysteries":

Every time I leave a men's room and the door handle is wet, I ask myself whether it's wet because the person who left before me washed his hands, or whether it's because that person didn't wash his hands.

The question is slightly more disquieting if paper towels are actually available.

Posted by Horst on October 15, 2006 11:42 PM to creatures great & small | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on October 16, 2006 12:18 PM:

Maybe Mr. Monk is not really that neurotic. He simply asked himself too many questions of this kind.

I usually *hope* that the handle is wet because of water. But sometimes, when I keep sitting all quiet in a toilet, and I hear someone leaving the room after flushing the urinal with no sound from the wash basin, I really wish to know who I am not going to shake hands with again.

dd said on October 16, 2006 01:55 PM:

that is exactly why I usually use a couple of paper towels to open the door.

Lucid said on October 16, 2006 09:24 PM:

Männer sind Schweine...

Jann said on October 17, 2006 03:20 AM:

dd, you have the right idea! As every nurse knows, faucets are turned off using paper towels, and when leaving a restroom the door is opened using paper towels. The Public Health agency where I work obligingly provides a large waste bin next to the door of the ladies' room for convenience in disposing of these paper towels.

As far as wet door handles, I have never encountered this problem in a ladies' restroom, (I mean the ones that don't provide paper towels, otherwise I wouldn't know). I think this problem must be confined to men's rooms, and I would not care to speculate about the reason for it.

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