- 3 years ago
This is a bit of a spinoff of the “bathroom basket” wedding phenom, but I don’t mean at weddings (I don’t know if people hiring bathroom valets at weddings is a thing or not, but this isn’t meant to be wedding related) but in general. I mean the person you will discover in some bathrooms in the vanity/sink section.
It’s an honest living (I assume… the person always looks like she’s supposed to be there, wearing some kind of uniform), but I really don’t feel comfortable around bathroom valets. Is it just me?
– It seems like a lousy job (hearing us do our business then flush, then soliciting income while we are trying to sanitize our hands and preen), and has this strong sense of status-differential, so that feels a bit embarrassing for both of us. And the whole time I preen I feel like I’m being watched, so rather than do any sort of touch up or even see if something is out of place, I’m likely to just pat absentmindedly at my hair without really looking and try to speed out of there.
– I really don’t need any assistance with sanitizing my hands or preening. If she has a basket of hairspray etc., I don’t need those things. I don’t want to ignore her because that would feel rude, but if I interact with her she’s going to assume I want whatever she’s offering and I don’t, and that’s awkward, and I feel just for even engaging in conversation with her (causing her to have to offer me somethng), should I tip? But I was just trying to be polite when faced with this unexpected and unwanted situation!
– If the person has blocked the only source of hand drying so that she may offer it to you so that you feel obligated to tip her… now I’m definitely sour about it and will choose to air dry my hands.
– If (and this happened) there are paper towels but she is offering real hand towels to dry your hands, and you studiously avoid eye contact and make a bee line for the paper towels, but she has placed herself so she can deftly intercept your path to offer you a real towel and a friendly smile, you are really in a bind. It seems rude to snub an offered real towel with a nice smile so you can kill some trees or something. But take the towel she offered, and walk out without tipping, and feel a heavy weight of guilt and imaginary glaring eyes burning into your back.
…However the bathroom valet encounter goes, I’m usually busting out of the bathroom in a hurry feeling lousy. Anyone else? Or do you see these situations in a different light, and feel neutral or enjoy the experience?