I’ve got one that I’m pretty sure I handled poorly, but it got me thinking. When is this acceptable and when should you just look the other way?
I was flying yesterday, and was on planes, with connecting flights, for 8+ hours. When I was at one layover, I went into the bathroom. There was a long line, and I waited. When the time came, and a lady left a stall, I went in to use the facilities. Y’all. There was urine everywhere. She had obviously squatted, missed, and there was urine all over the seat and floor. Wet toilet paper was hanging over the edge of the seat. It was a disaster.
Well, I was tired. And I didn’t want to deal with it. And before I knew what was coming out of my mouth, I had spoken. “Ma’am, you forgot to clean up after yourself in here”.
The bathroom got quiet. There were still a lot of people in line. They were snickering.
The lady in question got very red faced and said that it wasn’t her. “But ma’am, you were the last one in here. Could you please take care of it?” She was obviously embarrassed, but she did go take care of it. I felt horrible. However. Urine. Everywhere. I should add that this was not an elderly woman. She did not appear to have any disability. She could obviously hold a squat. What I’m saying is, there was nothing apparent that would have kept her from cleaning up after herself. Further, she did clean it up pretty quick with no issue.
How should this situation be handled? I didn’t mean to embarrass her, but I obviously did. I feel like more tact would have gone a long way, but I’m at a loss for how to handle. Help? 1014-15
The possibility does exist that the woman before you was merely one of a series of tinklers who entered the stall, discovered it was a disaster yet out of desperation from waiting to use the facilities proceeded to add to the mess by hovering over the toilet. Think about it…if everyone has been waiting a long time to use a stall, would you have exited the stall to go find another one and really draw attention to yourself? I don’t think so. I think the women before you all squatted/hovered over the toilet to get the job done, obviously missed because women are not anatomically designed to aim their urine stream and then they left as quickly as possible. Me? I would have stopped at the stall door and said, “Whoa! That’s a mess. I’ll wait for the next available stall. Anyone see a bathroom attendant?”