Toilet Protectors and Inconsiderate Germophobes.

If this past week at work hadn’t made me so grumpy and tired, I might have found to energy to write about one of my biggest public restroom pet peeves.

These paper sheets drive me bonkers.  Okay.  Maybe not the sheets so much as the people determined to use them and leave them on the toilet.

The logic is that this seat cover protects you from the germs of previous users.  And then when you flush, the bit that hangs down into the bowl is supposed to pull the rest of it in.

The reality is that ever since they changed the amount of water toilets use to flush out the bowl, these sheets rarely get pulled in when the toilet flushes.  Not even in the more industrial toilets for public restrooms.

The proper thing to do is make sure that happens.  If it doesn’t, it only has your own skin flakes and germs on it.  So push the edges into the bowl and re-flush.


Think about it.  If you are so worried about other people’s germs, why would you leave your germs and paper you peed on for someone else to clean up.

I have a term for it.  Germ hypocrite.  Someone who thinks everyone’s germs are bad for her but thinks her germs are good/okay/safe/beneficial for everyone else.

And while I’m at it, I keep trying to figure out why some people think holding conversations while on the toilet is a good thing.  Maybe I’m the one who is weird. But I think it is a little bit on the creepy side.  Something about using a toilet is rather intimate.  Only we don’t have a lot of choice about using the stalls when at work.  It’s private so holding a conversation at the same time seems wrong.

It would be like trying to hold a conversation with a third party while having sex.  You just wouldn’t do that.




8 Responses to “Toilet Protectors and Inconsiderate Germophobes.”

  1. THANKyou!!! Spot on!

  2. I might think this was a case of overbearance, but public toilets these days… Yeckhhh!

    • It used to happen all the time at the old office. Then a few people were swapped between two offices and it stopped. Both offices were merged back in November and it started up again. I think it is one person.

  3. The much worse version of this involves those folks that weave toilet paper all over the toilet seat to act as a “ghetto” version of these covers. when done, they usually just leave it there to fall on the floor around the seat….lazy jerks.

  4. blogstandardglasgow Says:

    I haven’t seen those in any toilets here but, being a germophobe, I’d make damn sure it was flushed away because I always close the toilet lid and would therefore have pushed the paper thing into the loo first 🙂

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