Not long ago, there was a U.S. Senator who got caught soliciting sexual “favors” from a man whom he thought would be a willing participant, and as it turned out; the man was a detective… sad day for the Senator. The biggest problem I had with the whole scenario was that the good Senator chose a public bathroom in the
Public bathrooms in airports present enough problems to the average traveler, without adding “Horny half-naked Senators” to the list. For example; as convenient as the auto-dispensers are for the water, soap, towels, and toilet flushers, I believe they are responsible for the “dirtying up” and general disarray of most of your average airport bathrooms. I mean, if everything is automatic, you don’t have to send people to clean and restock the rooms, right? That’s my theory… let’s consider the evidence.
Let’s assume you managed to successfully use the toilet and you even waited or watched to make sure the auto-flush engaged properly (no use leaving a surprise for the next guy). Remember what it looked like in the stall? I can guarantee there were all sorts of fluids all over the seat, the floor, the handle (if there was one), and the walls… disgusting. Then you make your way to the sink and no matter how intelligent you may be, you suddenly feel like a raving idiot as you waive your hands around under the spout or soap dispenser like you’re conjuring up the devil from the drain. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get the soap to dispense, or if you do, it shoots into the sink and not into your hand. While you’re grappling for soap and water you notice that there are paper towels heaped up over the trash bin and laying all over the floor. The towel dispenser is empty (naturally) and you stand there with your hands (one dry and one soapy) waiving when it hits you, “Just get out of here!”
You never should have gone in there in the first place. Airport bathrooms harbor more germs than a CDC pietre dish! Think about the international germs, the “I’m from a culture where they never use toilet paper” germs, the “I have six children and I haven’t washed my hands since
If you must go, choose a bathroom that is tucked away behind baggage claim or somewhere on the way OUT of an airport. People don’t usually stop to use the restroom once they’ve finally gathered their things. Restrooms near the exits are far cleaner than the ones near the entrance!
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