Post # 1
Would you rather:
Go into a small (2-3) stall bathroom where one stall is already occupied and have the person in that stall a) sit completely quietly while you do your business and wait to finish theirs until you leave or b) keep doing what they’re doing (presumably #2) rather loudly while you’re using the other stall.
Post # 3
@CanAmBride: A. Because I’m super immature about bathroom stuff and would giggle. My mom, her best friend and I were shopping once and the lady in the bathroom just let it ALL go (I’m sure she couldn’t help it – not judging) but it was just too grossly hilarious. We barely made it out of the bathroom before we all busted up laughing. I know, I know. I’m 4.
Post # 4
A. It just seems more polite.
Post # 5
I don’t normally comment on things like this, but i’ve actually had a pet peeve for a while now about other ladies sitting in the stall silently waiting for me to leave. It totally creeps me out and it happens all the time. I understand it because, heck it’s embarassing to have others hear you especially in the work environment and you know those stalls are totally see-thru so there is no real privacy. But it is a total peeve of mine because I feel pressured to hurry up since the other person is obviously waiting for me to leave. It also grosses me out (of course) to hear every sound, so well I guess you can’t win.
In a perfect world we would have more privacy with the doors that don’t have the huge gaps so it wouldn’t matter what was going on in the stall next to you. But of course, at least in my office, they installed the cheapest doors possible so we all have to just pretend like we don’t see/hear each other.
Post # 6
If its just plopping noises, it wouldn’t bother me but if they were stinking the place up and tooting a lot, I’d rather them wait for me to leave! Or maybe they should just go home if they are sick.
ETA: If someone is pooping, I always try to get out of the b.room quickly so that they’re not embarrassed if they come out and we see each other, haha
Post # 7
I thought it was an unwritten rule that you sit quietly until you’re alone again. And if you walk in to someone sitting there, you get in and get out as fast as you can out of respect. 🙂
Post # 8
@moderndaisy: I am with you here. I think it’s kind of creepy for people to wait, especially since I don’t think it’s likely all that good for you.
I totally get uncomfortable sometimes, but people do these things – they’re 110% natural and part of being alive so it’s hard to avoid it entirely. Fortunately in our office, we share the bathrooms with several small offices on the same floor, so if you hear someone doing business in the stall, odds are it’s not someone you work with.
At least that’s what I always remind myself.
Post # 9
I guess if the person is having serious issues, then I want them to wait until I leave. But otherwise I agree with moderndaisy. I think it’s creepy when someone waits and you know they can hear everything YOU’RE doing. Plus, from a practical standpoint, I don’t expect everyone to stop what they’re doing every time someone comes into the bathroom. They might never get out of there! Bathrooms are gross, you do what you gotta do, you pretend the stalls are sound- and smell-proof, and you never mention anything about it after you leave. At least that’s my policy.
Post # 10
@kingytobe: haahah that made me LOL
I actually will continue to do my business BUT I will not leave my stall until I know the entire bathroom is empty. I am pretty regular, go at work every day and I think it’s really embarrasing to have someone see me come out after stinking up a stall 🙁
Post # 11
Thanks for the feedback, Bees! There is a girl at my work (DH and I have nicknamed her the Silent Sh*ter) who will sit in the stall perfect silently if she hears anyone else come in. I agree with @moderndaisy: it makes me really uncomfortable and I feel like I need to rush out of there because I am disrupting her personal time. Sometimes I like to fix my hair or outfit in the mirror, but I feel like I can’t do any of that because she’s waiting for me to leave.
I’m thinking about next time, just hanging out at the mirror, fixing my hair, washing my hands for a REALLY long time, just waiting her out. She can’t stay in there forever, right? Maybe it’ll teach her a lesson?
Post # 12
Because I’m pregnant and little stuff makes my stomach turn. I hate that I’m like that, but I can’t help it.
Post # 13
I’d rather them continue on with their business. Why should they have to sit there uncomfortablly holding it in?? What they need to do is completely natural.
Post # 14
I would just do what I need to do. We all have business to do lol Hopefully not to loud tho eww…
Post # 15
I think it’s SUPER creepy to have someone sitting there. Like, to the point that it gives me a shy bladder. I’ll have to go so bad but when I notice someone else is in the bathroom just waiting for me to leave, I can’t “perform” anymore… ugh.
Post # 16
this is funny… I personally hold it and sit silently until the other person leaves and I would perfer if others did the same but of course they dont