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    I've observed some rather interesting things in public restrooms recently & would love to see if I'm just odd in thinking, "I wouldn't do that!" to some of these things. What, if any, of these behaviors is acceptable in a public restroom?

    Continuing a cell phone conversation when you go into a stall
    Answering a cell phone that rings while you're in there
    Joining a conversation from inside a stall
    Initiating a conversation from inside a stall
    Taking food items or beverage cups into the stall with you
    Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom
    Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom
    Upon being introduced to someone new, extending your hand to shake hands before you've washed your hands
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I've observed some rather interesting things in public restrooms recently & would love to see if I'm just odd in thinking, "I wouldn't do that!" to some of these things. What, if any, of these behaviors is acceptable in a public restroom?

    Continuing a cell phone conversation when you go into a stall
    Answering a cell phone that rings while you're in there
    Joining a conversation from inside a stall
    Initiating a conversation from inside a stall
    Taking food items or beverage cups into the stall with you
    Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom
    Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom
    Upon being introduced to someone new, extending your hand to shake hands before you've washed your hands
    All the above annoy me!

    Phone calls (incoming/outgoing) -- no. It can wait 2 minutes.

    Continuing/starting conversations: No. (My only exception would be if I had to talk TO my children if they *finished* before I did... to let them know where I was, to wait, to wash their hands, etc.) Outside of that type of conversation -- again I believe it could wait.

    Food items in the stall -- ugh.

    Shaking hands before washing? -- gross again!

    The # of people carrying on cell phone conversations -- or TEXTING while in the stall just floors me!

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    I do all except the shaking hands and food items. Going to the bathroom is often the only time I won't be interrupted. I just put the phone on mute while I do my business and listen usually.

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    This is oddly timely for me. Last night I called DH at work and when he answered his work cell I heard flushing in the background! He assures me he had checked the caller ID and knew it was me when he answered, but it was pretty funny. What if I had been his boss?

    I am totally a restroom talker if I am in there with someone I know, would probably be annoyed if someone abruptly ended a conversation as we walked into the bathroom, though I do understand not wanting to talk while in the stall. But never on the phone, no food (eww), and definitely wash hands before shaking.
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    I ran into one scenario yesterday - the food in the bathroom thing. I had gone out to lunch with my family after I finished a half marathon. I left right before my family did, and right as I was getting ready to walk out (with my leftovers), I decided I really had to pee. I was so sore, and would have had to walk up stairs to get back to the table to set down my container. That was happening, so I had to bring it in with me. Normally I would never, ever do that, but I figured I was probably nastier than the bathroom since I hadn't had a chance to change yet .
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    Good job doing a race!

    Continuing a cell phone conversation when you go into a stall - no
    Answering a cell phone that rings while you're in there - Not unless it was an emergency (This is for public RR's, at home is different where I control how clean my bathroom is and know who has been in there)
    Joining a conversation from inside a stall - no
    Initiating a conversation from inside a stall - no
    Taking food items or beverage cups into the stall with you - No. If I have food with me there there is no place to put, I would but it in my large purse before entering and not take it out until I left.
    Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom - Probably not. (With the exception of going in a family RR with DH. This is not so much an issue now, as when we had three littles)
    Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom - Depends. It is not very often I go into a RR with someone who is not DH (family RR) or a little person. These days I take 3 little girls into the bathroom with me. There is plenty of "Make sure you wipe, flush, and wash your hands. No time to talk on the phone.
    Upon being introduced to someone new, extending your hand to shake hands before you've washed your hands - Gross.

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    Continuing a cell phone conversation when you go into a stall~NO
    Answering a cell phone that rings while you're in there~NO
    Joining a conversation from inside a stall~NO
    Initiating a conversation from inside a stall~NO
    Taking food items or beverage cups into the stall with you~This depends. As gross as it is..I will bring a drink in with me in a public restroom although it doesn't happen often. I've had my drink stolen before. Don't trust it.
    Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom~depends as well. If it's just us I will if there are other people I don't.
    Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom~See above
    Upon being introduced to someone new, extending your hand to shake hands before you've washed your hands~Um...NO who am I being introduced to in a bathroom anyway?

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    Maybe I'm odd but I just have this attitude that just because I have a cell phone doesn't mean that I'm a slave to answering it every time someone calls. I might be busy, like in the bathroom or something else. So I say no no no to all of that above, no eating in the bathroom, no phone calls, no texting, no initiating convos or joining one. No to all lol But I might have to take food with me in the bathroom if I am en route to somewhere else.
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    I think people have way to many hang ups about the bathroom. They have done a million studies that there are just as many germs outside the bathroom as inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom
    Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom
    Isn't this a kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario? You have to do one or the other...
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