As we were both exiting the restroom, I said to her, “The Fella finds it somewhat neurotic that I use a paper towel to open the public restroom door when I am leaving.” Her response was something like, “Well, isn’t it?” To which I said, “Have you seen how many people don’t wash their hands after doing their business? Besides, it’s not like he had just met me. Hello! I’m neurotic about some things.” Shooting her a warning look and thinking to myself, “She better not say I’m neurotic about everything!” because I’m selectively neurotic. Or so I like to think.
We were making our way back to the office when I said, “Some people don’t even use toilet seat covers!” She looked at me boldly, stating, “I don’t.” What?! Say it isn’t so! Shocked, I stopped in my tracks, “But you’re the one that hates people peeing in the shower! Yet you will sit on a public toilet without protection?”
“Yes. It’s just a toilet. It’s just your butt.”
“But it is your butt touching where other people’s butts have touched. There are poo particles! Pee droplets!”
“It’s not that bad.”
“What about hepatitis?!”
“Urban myth. You can’t get hepatitis from toilet seats.”
“Gah! I don’t understand.” I shudder.
“But you think it is ok to pee in shower. On your own leg!”
“Not all the time. Just in emergencies. Besides you are in the shower- there is soap and water. And it is your own pee.”
Tell me, in your estimation which is worse: peeing in the shower or not using a toilet seat cover in a public restroom?