TMI question: do you sit on public toilets?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Public toilet seat usage!
    Yes, I always sit on public toilets, without covering seat : (227 votes)
    51 %
    I sit on them, but only if I can cover the seat w/ paper : (91 votes)
    20 %
    I normally hover over them, but will sit on one if it's covered w/ paper : (130 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    3778 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Depends on where the toilet is. Some times the bathrooms are pretty spotless and if thye don’t have seat covers I don’t want to hover and tinkle all over the seat for the next person so I sit. I don’t care as long as theres no pee on it already! But there are definitely plenty of times I hover and/or use a seat cover.

    PS didn’t vote b/c location depends… lol

    Post # 4
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    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I answered the first option in your poll but really it depends on the situation. I always sit, but depending on the state of the seat and the availability of covers, I may or may not use a cover. If there is anything visible on the seat, I will wipe it down (if it appears to just be spray from flushing) or find a different toilet.

    Post # 5
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    484 posts
    Helper bee

    Helllls no. I try to avoid using them period. Unless it’s an extreme case where I can’t hold it anymore I will put toilet paper down to cover the seat. Sometimes I’ll squat which requires good aiming 😡 tmi

     

    Post # 6
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    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Depends on location. At work (downtown head office) I just sit, I know those bathrooms are cleaned 3 times daily and the ladies using them are clean professional and high class. In a more public place, I will usually cover with toilet paper/seat cover. If it’s a really repulsive bathroom, I’ll hover. If I make any mess myself I’ll wipe it up, but I’m not wiping up anyone else’s mess. And I always use my foot to flush, except at work they’re automatic flushers.

    Post # 7
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    2913 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    Probably depends on geography too…I was in England for 4 months and I don’t think I went into any public toilets that offered seat covers! That was a surprise.

    Post # 8
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    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I sit my butt right on the seat.

    Unless it’s covered with pee. Then I mentally curse the pee’er, wipe it up, and then sit my butt down.

    I think I’m the least germaphobic person ever. Public restrooms don’t bother me. I don’t do any of the “flush with foot, use a paper towel to open the door” stuff.

    Post # 9
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    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Absolutely not. There is not a public toilet in existence that I would sit on. I’m very clean, however!

    Post # 10
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    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @worldtraveler:  I sit my butt right on the seat.

    Unless it’s covered with pee. Then I mentally curse the pee’er, wipe it up, and then sit my butt down.

    I think I’m the least germaphobic person ever. Public restrooms don’t bother me. I don’t do any of the “flush with foot, use a paper towel to open the door” stuff.


    This.  I check the seat, wipe up any spills, and do my business with a minimum of fuss.  

    Post # 11
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    2153 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I almost always sit, but I cover the toilet every time. I try my hardest to avoid public bathrooms as much as possible though.

    Post # 12
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    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    For the most part, I hover. I realllllly don’t like the idea of sharing a toilet seat with thousands of people (i.e. in a mall).

    At my old job, where there were 10 people using the ladies room, I sat down. I knew them all personally and the general public wasn’t allowed in that part of the building.

    ETA: I’m an expert hoverer 😉 but if I did accidentally pee on the seat, of course I would wipe it down! Why people would think it’s ok to urinate all over the damn place and then leave is just beyond me.

    Post # 13
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    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    if the bathroom itself looks clean, i’ll use it. if it looks like crap, i’ll walk out and hold everything until i find a clean bathroom.

    if i do use a public toilet, i wipe the seat twice with toilet paper, then i’m confident that it’s clean.

    i’m 28 years old. i haven’t died yet. 

    Post # 14
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    As long as there isn’t a visible mess on the seat, I sit.  It’s not like I’m bringing my goodies into direct contact with the seat.

    Post # 15
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    8706 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Women’s restrooms are dirtier because women squat to pee. Your urine goes everywhere — On the walls, on the floor, on the door (and the little latch), making it much filthier to squat than to sit your butt on the seat and pee. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

    The toilet seat covers are a placebo — They make you think you’re actually doing something, but whether or not the seat is there, your “risk of catching something” will be the same unless you live in an area where there is something highly infectious, like cholera. But even in that case, you’ll probably catch it from another person and not a toilet seat/toilet stall.

    Your skin is an amazing organ and will barrier out most bacteria and viruses you could come in contact with on a toilet seat. So, unless you have huge open sores on your rump, I don’t see the need to put a barrier between you and seat.

    I never do. I plop my ass down, pee, wash my hands and get out.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @ANGELaaimt:  exactly my thoughts — your actual orifices aren’t touching the seat at any point (at least, I certainly HOPE they aren’t …), and neither are anyone else’s, so it’s really no worse than touching any other surface that other people have touched before you. Hell, the backs of my thighs are probably cleaner than my hands!

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