Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Bathroom Etiquette

Is it ok to talk on the phone when you are in a public restroom? Not just 'in', either but more like 'on'?

I just don't think that it's ok. Would you want to be the friend on the other end of the line? It's bad enough to have to be in there in the first place let alone listen to it if you are cozy at home.

Is everyone with me on this one? Or do you do it?

Besides, everyone else who may be in the room is confused as to whether you are talking to them or not!

Ugh. It just seems like it could wait five minutes. But maybe that's just me...

18 comments:

Jean said...

i've talked on the phone in my own bathroom, but no, not the public restroom. don't think people want to hear everyone's "noises".

anne said...

I had a friend who used to talk to me on the phone while he took a bath. That was pretty weird.

Shawn said...

I must admit- I have talked on the phone in a public restroom- but I don't make a habit of it. However, my lovely and very lady-like fiancee does it quite frequently. I think it is one of her favorite places to call me from! She is a big dork like that :P Although she would be mortified if she knew I just posted that about her- so don't tell! She's just a little too comfortable with me I guess lol

anne said...

Really? That's pretty funny. I guess I shouldn't make so much fun of her huh? But Oh I want to. I promise not to tell at least... ;)

beth said...

I have talked on the phone in my own bathroom, but only with my sister. Sisters don't care about that. :) I would not in a public restroom...I've observed other people doing that and it is confusing. And if I was on the other end, I wouldn't want to hear it!

Also, off the subject, I got your message late on Sunday...other plans ended up going long or I would have been there! This Sunday, hopefully nothing will get in my way!

anne said...

Beth--the next three weeks are all new episodes too!! Very exciting stuff happening. Did you tape it at all?

And it IS confusing! You are so right! :)

beth said...

I don't have a VCR. And my TV doesn't have any channels on it. I am a TV leech to my friends and family. :) (Mostly I just don't watch TV)

kassi said...

I don't talk on the phone while I'm in the bathroom. But that is probably because I don't have a cordless phone at home. And I would never do it in a public restroom. I'm already juggling a purse and a child...the last thing I need to do is drop my cell phone in the toilet.

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heather said...

i get frustrated with other people who are talking on the phone while i'm trying to go to the bathroom. i get stage fright... it's the same when the huge bathroom is empty and someone comes in and chooses the stall right next to me - i mean, give a girl a little space.

Carbon said...

I figure it as this way. If you wouldn't do that when talking to them face to face, then definitely don't do it over the phone. With the exception of picking your nose ;-) HA HA HA. gross.

I remember seeing phones IN the bathroom a long time ago! I don't get it, do some people just spend all their time in the bathroom that they would need a phone in there?

Nate said...

Now wait a sec: if there's one thing I know to be true in this world, it's that females go to the restroom -- public or otherwise -- in packs, nay, HERDS! Now, as I am a dude and have never witnessed the this bizarre ritual first hand (and thus must simply speculate, here), I'd have to imagine that some conversation occurs in the midst of these feminine migrations. Am I wrong? Assuming that is true, I must then ask the question: why would talking on the phone be that much different and/or worse?

My entire worldview hangs in the balance here, so answer carefully...

anne said...

Ah. The "Herd Secret." I see where you might be a bit confused. However, I am not able to enlighten you regarding this phoenomenon.

There are a few things we must keep hidden from the male population. We wear our emotions on our sleeves, we cry at the least provocation, we hardly hesitate to tell you what we really think of your shirt, and yet we are enigmas to most men due to our ever-present mood swings and secret keeping.

Yes, we enter the bathroom in herds. It is true we must share every piece of our lives with each other at the very moment an event occurs. So your reasoning is valid.

However, what goes on between women behind restroom doors, must naturally remain a mystery. Is it conversation? Are there chick-fights? Do we compare notes on the cute guy at the table to our left? Is it complete silence? Is it simply the proclaimed "nose-powdering?" Who can tell?


Well, we sure won't.

Sorry buddy. That door's closed.

Jean said...

Well Nate, that's a very, very interesting question. I hope your world has not tipped over with the reply Anne gave you. What's said in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom. No comparison with girls herding and talking on the phone. sorry bub.

nate said...

See, it's replies like that that just make me want to lock myself in a room with a Nintendo and never come out. I mean, what's the point?

And no thanks to you guys, my worldview's icecaps are melting as we speak...

Jean said...

But you see...you guys have the same mysterious things that you do that we girls just don't understand. Like hitting eachother in the butt. Why? Why do you do that? Completely off the subject of what Anne was asking...sorry Anne...but I'm thinking it's along the same lines....

n said...

I'm totally with you on this one! I think it is rude and disgusting - even if your victim on the other end doesn't have a clue! I have never talked on my phone in a public restroom and wouldn't even dream of it at home.

In high school my best friend and I would talk on the phone for hours on end, and we would actually have to take bathroom breaks and call each other back. Thankfully I don't generally talk on the phone for long enough to run into that problem.

They should make a sticker for bathroom stalls "Hang up and Go" like the bumper stickers " Hang up and Drive"... :)

anne said...

I would totally put those stickers on bathroom walls!