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August 12th, 2004

Wash Your Hands or Stay Locked In

I’ve brought up the topic of hand washing twice already. I find that people who don’t wash their hands (usually men) tend to disgust me. But my wife came up with a great solution. It costs money, but I think it’d work.

The first step is to reconfigure the bathroom altogether. Each stall gets larger and gets its own sink. But the trick is this: once you’re locked in, you can’t get out unless you wash your hands – thus, once the faucet and soap dispensers have been used, you can get out.

Naturally there’d still be a sink or two without a stall, but I’d also like urinals to get their own sinks. Why? Because that’s where the biggest problem is. You dirty, dirty people.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 7:47:19 am
So you want to trust you ability to get out of a mens room stall on some sort of electro-mechanical device that determines if you have washed you hands?

That's a "man trapped in bathroom stall" story just waiting to happen.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 9:55:36 am
We found out that a friend of ours, whom we've often gone to restaurants with, doesn't wash HER hands after making dookie in a public restroom (I think I'm going to be sick). I think your system should not only encompass door locking devices, but also alarmsm, disinfectant spray and a program where the violator must inform all neighbors within a two mile radius that they have germs.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 1:13:54 pm
Chris: That's a "man trapped in bathroom stall" story just waiting to happen.

True, but then that leads to many great future Pings.

And I'd say that the honor system method just doesn't work.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 2:27:05 pm
An attendant in every bathroom. We could use off-season football players to stand in the doorway until he sees you wash those hands. Or just hire normal attendants that hit an automatic door button so you don't even have to touch the handle upon leaving... talk about new jobs!

FROM: ryan
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 3:43:41 pm
while i do agree with the need for such measures, one problem with the original 'sink-in-stall' suggestion, besides space and whatnot, is it is still honor system.
i think more people would wash their hands, and that would be a good thing. however, the trust level would also go up, yet many people could just turn on the water and hit the soap dispenser to unlock the door without actually washing their hands. hence, not much more gets accomplished than currently.
i applaud the idea and direction, i think it just needs more work.
perhaps a box you put your hands in that [one way or another] removes just the outermost layer of dead skin cells, and the germs that are on them? just an idea.

FROM: Adam
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 7:55:10 pm
I wholeheartedly agree with the "In Stall Sanitization Movment."
Heres something to think about: How many people who dont wash have left who knows what kind of nastiness is on the inside door handle of a public restroom? -use a paper towel to open the door when leaving the public bathrooms!!

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Tuesday August 17, 2004 -- 1:22:06 am
Just a thought!

What happens if the dispenser is out of soap and the water won't work?

What does one do then?

Yell for help? He....l.....p, I'm locked in the potty room, someone rescue me..... He He!

FROM: Ashley [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday March 3, 2005 -- 11:48:08 am
I Think you dont't have much of a wed sit fore it to be on here!

FROM: Ashley [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday March 3, 2005 -- 11:50:03 am
okay i take it back it has very good information and i would use it again.

FROM: Stephanie
DATE: Monday April 4, 2005 -- 4:38:50 pm
Sounds like a good idea to me! also applie it to the dirty women who dont wash their hands and trust me you'll be surprised of the nasty chicks that dont do it, ive seen it. Its gotten so bad im working on a speech for a class on why you need to wash your hands. For the clean people's
sake someone needs to come up with a detector that clearly says "ALERT, ALERT KEEP AWAY FROM THE PREMICES, DIRTY CHICK/MAN! TOOK A SH*** AND DIDNT WANT TO WASH HIS/HER HANDS! he,he... ;)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday April 4, 2005 -- 4:43:37 pm
I like the idea of it saying "chick slash man" out loud. That would make me laugh... and then run for the hills.

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