Posted: August 7, 2011 in hygiene, restaurant, storytelling

Okay, so I’m at my favorite local Mexican restaurant on yesterday. I love going to El Cazadores because the food is good and it helps me brush up on my Spanish. I took three years of Spanish and I was pretty good at one time, but now I’m reduced to reading the closed caption on Univision. To hear it spoken requires a lot of concentration on my part now which usually results in me replying, “Que?”

Anyhoo. I decided after arriving to step to the restroom to wash my hands. I excused myself from the table and told The Mrs. I’d return shortly. I get to the restroom and there are three people inside: one is a teen in one of the stalls, an employee is washing his hands and the other is a guy using the urinal. The restroom is so small, that I’d prefer to refer to it as a “restcloset.”

So, after the employee finished washing his hands, I stepped to the sink. The man, who was done at the urinal, was waiting on me to finish washing my hands. The teen comes out of the stall and never even looked towards the sink. He bolted straight to the door as the guy and I stood in disbelief.

What is it with people who use the restroom and do not wash their hands? That is one of the nastiest things a person can do if you ask me. Just because your “particulars” are yours doesn’t mean that they are clean. Besides that, you touched the door coming in, the stall door and the toilet handle yet you’re germ-free?

So, of course, once I was done washing my hands, I left the restcloset and proceeded to walk to my table. As I’m walking to my table, my eyes are darting back and forth trying to locate Teen (raised by a) Wolf. Then I see him with his hands wrist-deep into a bowl of chips. His only concern at the time wasn’t his filthy hands, but locating the salsa in which to dip his newly contaminated chips.

To quote Nicki Minaj: “Ew.”

That’s the only word that came to my mind. Did his family know that his hands were just a few minutes removed from his genitals and the handle he used to flush the toilet? If so, would they have cared? After all, they could all be a family of Neanderthals.

I don’t know what goes through a person’s mind when they avoid the simplest of tasks at the risk of being offensive. If you don’t care about the germs you ingest yourself, then at least care about the people around you who may come in contact with you with a handshake. If I’m offending you, then good. Because it’s about time the favor is returned to those too nasty to understand that washing your hands after visiting a restroom is expected, not optional.

C’mon, lady! Use then wash.
  1. Squatlo says:

    About twenty-five years ago I read a book called "The Hot Zone" about the ebola/Marlburg disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa, and it freaked me out… now I have trouble touching the urinal flush handle, the door handle leaving the room, even if I've scrubbed up, that last guy probably didn't! Stats I read the other day listed salsa as the most likely culprit in food-borne illnesses in America, simply because the process of making it requires slicing through the germ-riddled skin of peppers and tomatoes and onions, which invites in outer layer bacterium. Then it's put out on restaurant tables for hours at a time at room temp to gestate. Eat up…

  2. Thank, Q says:

    @ Squatlo – Wow. Now I'm even more frightened. I'm so glad that I hate salsa right now. I'll never ingest those creepy-crawlies on it. When it comes to the restroom, I usually use a paper towel to grab the handle before leaving. Who puts a handle on a bathroom door anyway?

  3. At public restaurants, I can see the occasional stranger doing this. But at WORK??? When you see these people on a regular basis?I blogged about this because of coworkers not washing their hands, including the dude I interviewed with. I shook his hands at the start and end of the interview. Never again…

  4. Thank, Q says:

    @ LiI – At my last job at AT&T, my director left the bathroom without washing his hands before greeting some visitors from senior management. I cringed each time he shook one of their hands. I hope they washed before they went to dinner that night.

  5. Jewels says:

    Ewww. Ewww. and Ewww! I do NOT understand people who don't wash their hands. At all. There is just no excuse for it. Those poor people sitting with him had no clue. I'd have wanted to run over and scream at them all…."PISS CHIPS! You are eating piss chips!" Thanks for following me over to my new place! 🙂 http://accordingtojewels.com/

  6. Thank, Q says:

    @ Jewels – "Piss chips?" LOL! They would have shut down the restaurant behind that. I think everyone would have run for the door! LOL!

  7. TOY COUTURE says:

    "my eyes are darting back and forth trying to locate Teen (raised by a) Wolf"LMAO!!!! Great Post!

  8. Thank, Q says:

    @ Toy Couture – Thanks! 🙂

  9. EW. EW. EWWWW. Seriously – anyone can't possibly try and walk out of a public bathroom with other folks around watching WITHOUT washing their hands – that's like total "no shame in your game" (in addition, you are one funk-nasteeee rat bastard!). You think peer pressure alone would be a big enough motivator to wash your hands when you leave the bathroom. I hope that kid got diarrhea when he got home because some germies from his junk jumped onto his chips.

  10. Thank, Q says:

    LOL @ Reck! That kid is probably immune to it if he does it regularly. I'm glad to know that other people still find this a vile act.

  11. Tiffany says:

    That's beyond gross. I'm totally paranoid about touching door knobs, sink levers and stair railings with my bare hands. You never know where people's hands have been. I also take note of who doesn't wash their hands at work, that way I know not to eat their potluck dishes.

  12. Thank, Q says:

    @ Tiffany – Yeah, you can quickly learn what hands to not shake, too. I think a germaphobe invented the "fist bump." LOL!

  13. Ugh! That is so nasty! It happens more often than you would think. It really makes me think whether or not I want to continue eating in public or not. I have actually seen people sneeze over the food at buffets, and not think anything of it! Oh, and the famous "blowing the nose at the table" never gets old.

  14. Thank, Q says:

    @ WA – Good to see you! Yes, it happens. I've seen people commit vile acts at buffets as well. It's disturbing because you wonder what the employees are doing. We pretty much take a chance every time we eat out these days.

  15. TQ. This does drive me crazy too. Since I pee in the sink, flushing and washing are second natures performed in one motion.Some people are just nasty.FUCK RICK PERRY!

  16. Thank, Q says:

    @ Mooner – LOL! LOL!

  17. 3dnyce says:

    This is one of the main reasons that condiments at restaurants and office potlucks scare me!!

  18. Thank, Q says:

    @ 3D – it makes you think, doesn't it?

  19. oh my goodness! I followed your twitter link to this…read the whole post–swore it was new…was thinking "ewww piss chips" then was scrolling down comments to see what people wrote before I left mine and saw that it was not only old but that I'd already commented…and with PISS CHIPS! lmao. I'm cracking up at my desk because I can see myself screaming at those poor people "PISS CHIPS!!!" hahahahaha.

  20. Thank, Q says:

    Yeah, that was too funny. I've since stolen that term and used it quite frequently. LOL!I'm recycling through some of my old posts for those who may have missed them.

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