Continuing a cell phone conversation when you go into a stall -- No, just finish the call first. Yuck.
Answering a cell phone that rings while you're in there -- No, there is nothing that can't wait a few minutes. Just listen to the voicemail or call back.
Joining a conversation from inside a stall -- I'm OK with this one
Initiating a conversation from inside a stall -- No. Who are you, even? I don't recognize your shoes, LOL.
Taking food items or beverage cups into the stall with you -- Yuck! Our restroom at work has shelves all over but I've noticed that people come out of stalls with a cup of coffee or bag of food. Where did you put that? On the floor? Tucked under your arm? I wouldn't want to eat it wherever it's been.
Continuing an existing conversation when you & the other person both walk into the restroom -- I'm fine with this.
Stopping an existing conversation when you & the other person walk into the restroom -- this happened to me on Friday and it really struck me as odd. I was at a contractor's office and two of us were chatting as we walked to the restroom. And then she just stopped talking, didn't say a word, didn't even seem to finish her thought. It was so silent & awkward. And then we came out & she started chatting again. Very weird...
Upon being introduced to someone new, extending your hand to shake hands before you've washed your hands -- this happened yesterday. A new co-worker came out of a stall and someone else said, "Stacey, have you met Jane Doe yet?" I said no, and Jane Doe held out her hand, which I shook -- and then I washed my hands again. I think I probably would have said, "I'd shake your hand but I need to wash up first," or something like that but I didn't want to refuse to shake hands, either. Again, very weird, and it makes me think that restroom etiquette is definitely changing for the worse.
"No more hurting people. Peace."
-- Martin Richard, age 8, Boston, MA
Rest in peace, Martin.
I'm fine with talking in the restroom or from inside the stall (if you know the person). But, "no" to everything else on the list.