Ok, so here it is, talking in public restrooms – yes, no, sometimes?
I have two situations before I answer my own question, both very common where I work:
At my job I am bound to run into someone I know in our small two stall restroom. Usually we share the courtesy small talk such as: “how are you, I am good for a Wednesday, oh I know…can’t wait for the weekend, well have a good day, you too.” Done, 1 maybe 2 minutes tops and you are done and on your way. Usually the small talk happens when one person is entering and another is leaving so there really isn’t a whole lot of time to talk anyways. But what happens when you are making your way into the toilet or trying to leave and a person keeps talking. To me it is very uncomfortable to be there either while you are trying to take care of business (#1) or they are. It is a personal thing….I mean someone is half naked in this situation and yet the talking continues???? It is just uncomfortable (at least to me) and in my opinion not a great place to hold any extended conversations.
Ok, working at a college of sorts we have a lot of students and/or employees using the restrooms at one time. Now, these larger restrooms are usually fairly gross and smell nasty – so to me this doesn’t equal “hangout”. Once again, you are bound to run into the courtesy conversation situation, but I want to hit on another situation that occurs in restroom…..just hanging out and talking on your phone! People come in there with their pull behind book bags and are talking on their cell phones while trying to use the offerings of the restroom. Maybe they are applying makeup or washing hands or maybe they are doing their business in the actual stall, either way….it is gross!!! Why do you have to have conversations with your friends on your phone and treat the restroom like it was a cool new hangout. Just wait outside, finish what you are saying/doing AND THEN come in and take care of business. I don’t want my cell phone amongst the germs of a public restroom AND I don’t want my friends to hear what I am doing – as I am sure they don’t want to hear either! You are not that important, so put down the phone.
So to answer my question I say talking in restrooms is sometimes ok. For example, courtesy conversations – ok! Extended conversations or conversations on a phone – HELL NO!!!
So – talking in restrooms: do you agree, disagree, don’t care, have public restroom stories to share?