Ever since I was a child, my mom has taught me to not sit on public toilets. And my mom’s definition of “public toilet” is any toilet that isn’t ours, no matter whose house it’s in. When I have to use the toilet in my house, most times I don’t look at it to see if it’s clean because it’s just me and Igwe, and I clean it every week — and thankfully, Igwe does not pee on the toilet seat, so that’s not even a conversation that we ever have. Even when I wake up to pee in the middle of the night, I don’t turn the light on; I just make sure that the seat is down.
When I’m not in my house, most times, I don’t sit on the toilet. The only times I do sit on the toilet when I’m not home is when I’m in a familiar place, like Uju’s house. But in other places like work, restaurants, movie theaters, etc, I will NOT sit on the toilet. I always stand-squat (or squat-stand). When I’m done, however, I ALWAYS take some tissue and wipe the toilet seat clean.
And that’s pretty much the point of this post: it’s about the people who pee while standing/squatting and don’t clean up after themselves. What the hell? That’s nasty. I was at a friend’t house the other day and one of her guests went into the bathroom to pee. I went in after her and would you believe that the heifer’s pee was all over the toilet seat?? And do you know who cleaned it? Me.
I wasn’t going to walk away from that bathroom with the seats looking so nasty, lest the house owner thinks it’s me. Nah uh. So there I was, cleaning the toilet in someone else’s house. Here’s the thing that irks me about people like this girl. I don’t remember her name. Let’s call her Linda. In her mind, she thinks she’s too good, too clean, and too cool to sit on someone’s toilet, but no clean person would walk out of the bathroom with pee all over the toilet. Come on now, why do you do that?
After Linda finished messing up the bathroom, she came back to the living room and started discussing fancy restaurants and high end fashion. All I could do was stare at her. She was invested in appearing classy, but behind closed bathroom doors, she was a piglet. No brand of lipstick was enough to change this little piggy.
Even in public places where no one knows me (like restaurants) I always clean up after myself. The fact is that while I may not want to sit on the toilet, there are many people who do. And for those people, I have to show respect and courtesy, so that when they come to the bathroom, they are welcome by a clean toilet and not made to clean someone else’s pee.
This post is somewhat of a rant. Can you tell?