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Toilet Water
I walked into the public bathroom in my office building earlier this afternoon, and I was surprised (not to mention disturbed) to see droplets of liquid all over the floor by the far toilet. Lots of droplets of liquid. Too many.

It was more than the occasional "splatter" I see sometimes when women miss or (worse yet) try to pee while standing. Unless somebody actually tried to pee while spinning, I think that there were so many drops all over the floor that it had to be water. Or at least, I sure hope that's the case.

It looked like somebody was actually playing in the water, instead of simply using the toilet. I know this because my bathroom at home looks like that sometimes, when I accidentally leave the lid up. But this is because I have a naughty kitten who likes to play with the water. Every now and then I'll be in my den and hear splashing, and I'll hurry into the bathroom to find her perched balancing on the toilet seat, one wet paw lifted in front of her, frozen in a guilty stare.

But that's no excuse for the office building, because as far as I know animals are not allowed. Well maybe working animals, like those assisting the blind. But cats generally are far too self-indulgent to assist anyone, handicapped or not.

Especially the kind of cat who likes to play in toilet water.

I suppose it's possible that some of my building associates got into a water fight in the bathroom. That actually sounds kind of fun, though messy. Especially if you have to return to your office afterward. Or some woman was so excited about washing her hands that she shook the water everywhere while do so.

I suspect the most likely cause was an over-zealous toilet, which sprayed too much while flushing/refilling. Our toilets can be excessive sometimes -- one even ate my pen awhile back.

Whatever the cause, I avoided the stall nearest the liquid drops, just in case.

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rustymarble From: rustymarble Date: September 25th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be glad you did! I didn't avoid a suspicious toilet once and it threw up it's contents at me instead of eating it! ewwwwwwwww! Don't worry, I got away
Sadly, I've got worse stories to tell... the women in my building are animals in the bathroom.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: September 25th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My guess is that something valuable dropped in there, like a cell phone, and it had to be fished out.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: September 26th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
We had a spraying toilet at the Roadhouse. More than once I had to tell a customer is was OK to use and not urine soaked.
jebra From: jebra Date: September 26th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Toilet water ... my office ... surprised ...

This all put me in the mind of my surprise, years ago, when I walked into the men's room and noticed the water in the toilet moving. Slowly, from side to side.

"Huh," I thought, "I've not noticed it doing that after someone flushed before."

So I stood and watched it for a moment. It only took a few moments to realize the motion wasn't settling down -- it continued to slosh. I stared it for several more seconds before realizing what was going on: the building was swaying. I stopped thinking about the water and thought about me instead; yes, I could feel some motion.

It was shortly after this that I brought in a plumb bob and suspended it from the ceiling. It was convenient to not have to get up and go down the hall to see if it was my imagination or if it really was windy outside.

I still remember the uncomfortable looks on co-workers' faces when I'd explain why the plumb bob was there and why it was swing through a 15-inch arc.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: September 27th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was shortly after this that I brought in a plumb bob and suspended it from the ceiling. It was convenient to not have to get up and go down the hall to see if it was my imagination or if it really was windy outside.

I love it. :)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 26th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The toilets in our newest building are the pressurized kind. If you look in the "tank" you won't find a pool of water like normal; you'll just see a small pressure tank and some plumbing. When you flush them they are EXTREMELY fast and very loud, and you can feel the floor vibrate a bit. But they seem pretty well designed and I haven't noticed them splashing any, but maybe they would if they got clogged. It'd take a heck of a thing to clog them though.
nishar From: nishar Date: September 27th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Post like this are why I lub you. :D
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