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Old 09-20-06, 09:11 AM   #1
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Cow-workers morning B.M.'s interupt my Bird Bath

OK, I know I'm not the only one that suffers from this. I grew up with sports & locker rooms so I'm not really offended by someone coming in and sitting next to me to do the business. What I have a problem with, is even if I "claim" a stall, it never fails for someone to come overtake it while I'm at the sink bathing. Usually I have half my clothes hanging up in the stall.

This morning was nothing new. I hung my clothes up in stall #2, took my shirt off, and proceeded to walk back to the sink to wash my upper body. There is nowhere else to hang up clothes except for stall #2 or #3. As I'm standing at the sink washing away, someone comes in and dives in stall #3. As I'm finishing up getting ready to rinse my wash cloth and get it wet to take in stall #2, someone comes in and tries to overtake stall #2. I turn around before he goes into the stall and said "I'm already using that stall, I have clothes in it". But he looks at me with the 'i dont care' look and plops down on the toilet in #2, with my clothes dangling on the hanger right in his face.

The guy stays in there for 10 minutes, marinating my clothes with him.
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Old 09-20-06, 09:22 AM   #2
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I feel ya'. That's a total drag. I'm so happy my place has a shower (2 really) and they're almost never used by anyone else. However guys are S'ing close by frequently.

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the beginning of work always sees high bathroom usage. everyone is going in there it seems. what time do you arrive at work?
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Yes it's annoying. In the women's room, you basically have to haul the pile of stuff with you. One woman takes the whole 6' counter. Water everywhere. Anpther takes most of the bench with the gigantice gym bag.
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the beginning of work always sees high bathroom usage. everyone is going in there it seems. what time do you arrive at work?
I get to work around 7:45-7:55, but there is a 7-4 shift so it really doesnt matter what time I get here for my 8-5, there's always going to be occupants.

The good news, is that I'm joining the YMCA 4 blocks from my work, so not only will I have a locker room, but showers as well.

I'm walking around wearing FeBreeze Cologne today... because I didn't want to be smelling like I'd been marinating in the Men's Bathroom after Baked Beans Night at the VFW.
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I guess I'm just a jerk. I tell people "move your shi*". No problems telling someone to move over. I've never had anyone complain to me about it either. Sometimes you just have to open your mouth and be a little aggressive.
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....But he looks at me with the 'i dont care' look and plops down on the toilet in #2, with my clothes dangling on the hanger right in his face.
Perhaps you should consider this better than the alternative

(imagine this guy ate a large breakfast, large cup of coffee then drove 30min to work...)

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10 min! Someone needs to eat more fiber...
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This morning was nothing new. I hung my clothes up in stall #2, took my shirt off, and proceeded to walk back to the sink to wash my upper body. There is nowhere else to hang up clothes except for stall #2 or #3. As I'm standing at the sink washing away, someone comes in and dives in stall #3. As I'm finishing up getting ready to rinse my wash cloth and get it wet to take in stall #2, someone comes in and tries to overtake stall #2. I turn around before he goes into the stall and said "I'm already using that stall, I have clothes in it". But he looks at me with the 'i dont care' look and plops down on the toilet in #2, with my clothes dangling on the hanger right in his face.

The guy stays in there for 10 minutes, marinating my clothes with him.
WTF that's just creepy. Is it multiple companies that use it? Or just the place you work. I can't imagine someone being that rude that you work with day to day. Very awkward.

I'm lucky enough to have two basement mens/womens private bathrooms no one uses for my, err, longer meetings. before that when I worked in a high rise I scoped out an empty floor for that purpose. I hate doing that around other people.
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It's probably no more annoying than you claiming a stall with your clothes and then taking a bum shower in the sink.

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Old 09-20-06, 11:36 AM   #14
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OK, I know I'm not the only one that suffers from this. I grew up with sports & locker rooms so I'm not really offended by someone coming in and sitting next to me to do the business. What I have a problem with, is even if I "claim" a stall, it never fails for someone to come overtake it while I'm at the sink bathing. Usually I have half my clothes hanging up in the stall.

This morning was nothing new. I hung my clothes up in stall #2, took my shirt off, and proceeded to walk back to the sink to wash my upper body. There is nowhere else to hang up clothes except for stall #2 or #3. As I'm standing at the sink washing away, someone comes in and dives in stall #3. As I'm finishing up getting ready to rinse my wash cloth and get it wet to take in stall #2, someone comes in and tries to overtake stall #2. I turn around before he goes into the stall and said "I'm already using that stall, I have clothes in it". But he looks at me with the 'i dont care' look and plops down on the toilet in #2, with my clothes dangling on the hanger right in his face.

The guy stays in there for 10 minutes, marinating my clothes with him.

That's really bad form. At least you didn't hear him shouting, "who does nuber two work for?"
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I'd reach my arm over the door to the stall and get my clothes...if you see him later, give the same "I don't care" look. if he doesn't care about your stuff enough to take a diferent stall, he waives his right to care if you retrieve your stuff.
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I'd reach my arm over the door to the stall and get my clothes...if you see him later, give the same "I don't care" look. if he doesn't care about your stuff enough to take a diferent stall, he waives his right to care if you retrieve your stuff.
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I'd reach my arm over the door to the stall and get my clothes...if you see him later, give the same "I don't care" look. if he doesn't care about your stuff enough to take a diferent stall, he waives his right to care if you retrieve your stuff.
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Or just rip the door open, what's he gonna do with his pants around his ankles and a log getting ready to go down river...
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My irritation is when there's a guy camped out in the double-wide handicapped stall, reading the morning paper (!), and I have to change in one of the other two (tiny) stalls. Happened two days in a row! And I don't usually change at work, just on rainy days.
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I wouldn't let that guy have a pleasent time in that stall. Then again my clothes would be near his wiping arm...ew.

There would be murders after that.
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Betcha if you just took a nekkid ho-bath in the sink and changed out in the open, instead of in a stall, they'd just stay the hell out of the bathroom till you were done.
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I turn around before he goes into the stall and said "I'm already using that stall, I have clothes in it". But he looks at me with the 'i dont care' look and plops down on the toilet in #2, with my clothes dangling on the hanger right in his face.
Just to clarify, were the other stalls open or were they in use?
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Hm. I change in the open every day. I don't know why I'd take up a stall just to change. There's a bench in our bathroom, and a shower, but even if there weren't it wouldn't cross my mind to go into a stall to change.
One interesting point, our group recently moved into a new building. The bench in the bathroom in this building is in full view of the outside when the door is open. I really don't care who's looking at me, and I figure if anyone complains I'll tell them to move the damn bench.
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Most bathroom stall latches are easily "locked/unlocked" with a coin, from the outside.

To keep someone from snagging your spot, hang your clothes inside and when you step to the sink, lock the stall door.
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The guy stays in there for 10 minutes, marinating my clothes with him.
I feel your pain.

Stall #3 takes the brunt here. It’s the furthest from the bathroom door, so I guess that makes it the most popular. No matter what time of day you go into that stall, it’s as if you actually walked into someone’s colon.
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