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Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?

 
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Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
We've all heard about the study showing that some 70% of the shopping carts in grocery stores had traces of fecal matter on them. Ever since this drew my alarm, I've started noticing how few people wash their hands in public restrooms, even after taking a crap.

My daughter noticed the same thing in elementary school, as virtually every little girl-all from solid, middle class families-neglected to wash their hands, even after doing a number two. One of my bosses- a real big shot- was in the rest room at work recently when I came in. I was appalled when she exited the stall (it was obvious she'd been "busy" in there for a while) and just walked out of the rest room with a big smile, without washing her hands.

My question is; how can this be possible? Are we now living in a Third World country, where basic rules of cleanliness are not important? Weren't we all potty trained, and told at that point to wash our hands afterwards? What kind of people don't teach their kids this? More importantly, what kind of kids learn this, but then somehow decide it's better to not wash their hand after it's been wiping their butt? Are there really successful, intelligent adults who think it's okay to leave the restroom with fecal matter on their hands?

Maybe it's always been this way and I just never noticed before, but I have to believe this is more of a disturbing recent trend. Needless to say, the proliferation of fecal matter on shopping carts, on ice cubes in restaurants and other common areas represents a real public health hazard. Has anyone else noticed this? Do people even care? Were you all trained to wash your hands? Do any of you not wash your hands after bathroom visits? All comments welcomed.
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10/02/2012 05:12 AM
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Is there any point? You touch taps, sinks, toilet door handles which others have touched without washing their hands...

May as well have your own knob juice and richard the third's on your hands as someone elses...
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10/02/2012 05:13 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
part of the hand shake empowerment movement
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10/02/2012 05:13 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
I could not not wash my hands after number two. Id feel dirty.
After peeing on the other hand... i mean, my weenie is the cleanest part of my body. Always tucked in.
If something i shoukd wash the hands BEFORE taking a leak.
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10/02/2012 05:13 AM
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Is there any point? You touch taps, sinks, toilet door handles which others have touched without washing their hands...

May as well have your own knob juice and richard the third's on your hands as someone elses...
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


spread the joy, fella!

spread the joy!

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10/02/2012 05:15 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Because most girls like to wipe their vagina and have a sniff of their fingers
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
I could not not wash my hands after number two. Id feel dirty.
After peeing on the other hand... i mean, my weenie is the cleanest part of my body. Always tucked in.
If something i shoukd wash the hands BEFORE taking a leak.
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lol you sterilize your poo hand with urine hahahaha
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I wash my hands after every trip to the loo & can't stand it if someone doesn't wash theirs it's disgusting & ultra unhygienic!!!! I was taught to wash my hands after using the toilet at a very young age & also taught my kids to do the same. I must admit with my mentally ill son I have to remind him almost every time lately :(
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10/02/2012 05:17 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Everyone is covered in a microscopic film of their own and everyone elses feces they come into contact with.


Fact.
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10/02/2012 05:18 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
your own knob juice
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


cruise

I work in the hospitality industry, so hand washing is a given.

When you get a food safe certificate they make you watch a video about a guy who craps and doesn't wash his hands and gives everyone who buys food from him Hep A.

Gross shit, wash up people!
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10/02/2012 05:19 AM
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I wash my hands after every trip to the loo & can't stand it if someone doesn't wash theirs it's disgusting & ultra unhygienic!!!! I was taught to wash my hands after using the toilet at a very young age & also taught my kids to do the same. I must admit with my mentally ill son I have to remind him almost every time lately :(
 Quoting: miffed


and then you open the door, and BANG, you've got millions of little poo and pee germs all over your hand!

face it, germs have got us by the bollocks!
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Everyone is covered in a microscopic film of their own and everyone elses feces they come into contact with.


Fact.
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Forgot to add:

It doesn't matter how much you wash... won't change the fact that you are covered in mutual poos and wees...
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10/02/2012 05:20 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Is there any point? You touch taps, sinks, toilet door handles which others have touched without washing their hands...

May as well have your own knob juice and richard the third's on your hands as someone elses...
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


this ^^^

wash your hands all you want, but unless everyone does, you're gonna be unsanitary... don't get me wrong, I don't wanna see people walking around with shit covered mitts, but... you know... humanity survived for millenia without anti-bac, you're gonna be fine...
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Everyone is covered in a microscopic film of their own and everyone elses feces they come into contact with.


Fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24197715


Forgot to add:

It doesn't matter how much you wash... won't change the fact that you are covered in mutual poos and wees...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24197715


We are made out of constantly festering poo!
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So, you have a lump of turd on your finger, and turn on the tap to wash your hand. You clean up your hands.

You turn off the tap, and touch a turdy tap (not just yours, but everyone elses who has used the tap). You then open the door to leave the toilet, and touch a handle that someone else has touched after taking a dump and not washed their hands.

So, where was the benefit of washing your hands?
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
your own knob juice
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


cruise

I work in the hospitality industry, so hand washing is a given.

When you get a food safe certificate they make you watch a video about a guy who craps and doesn't wash his hands and gives everyone who buys food from him Hep A.

Gross shit, wash up people!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15146787


but this happens ALL THE TIME, and always has, yet here we all are, 7 billion and counting

the government are trying to get us all scared of our own shadows.

as they say, SHIT HAPPENS!

cruise

btw, any chance of a link to the guy who gave EVERYONE he sold food to hep A?
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10/02/2012 05:22 AM
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No on a serious note most western people don't bother because our food is so good we have little chance of salmonella.
In Asia they always wash their hands because their food is all off gross shit.
In India they don't bother because they all already have salmonella from eating cow turds.
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I wash my hands after every trip to the loo & can't stand it if someone doesn't wash theirs it's disgusting & ultra unhygienic!!!! I was taught to wash my hands after using the toilet at a very young age & also taught my kids to do the same. I must admit with my mentally ill son I have to remind him almost every time lately :(
 Quoting: miffed


and then you open the door, and BANG, you've got millions of little poo and pee germs all over your hand!

face it, germs have got us by the bollocks!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16932400


I actually try to refrain from using public rest rooms as much as possible so as not to have that problem & thankfully my bathroom & toilet are separate & I also wash the door knobs with dettol often to try & keep the greeblies to a minimum :)
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10/02/2012 05:26 AM
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Of course washing his hands after taking a crap should be automatic for everyone.
But on the other hand too much hygiena can be UNhealthy.
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10/02/2012 05:26 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Is there any point? You touch taps, sinks, toilet door handles which others have touched without washing their hands...

May as well have your own knob juice and richard the third's on your hands as someone elses...
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


this ^^^

wash your hands all you want, but unless everyone does, you're gonna be unsanitary... don't get me wrong, I don't wanna see people walking around with shit covered mitts, but... you know... humanity survived for millenia without anti-bac, you're gonna be fine...
 Quoting: seethelight


They should make all public washroom doors push open, outward from inside, so you can push them open with your foot instead of touching them with freshly washed hands.

It's true though, nothing's going to happen to you from opening the movie theater bathroom door.

It's mainly food and beverage handlers that need to be vigilant in their hand washing. You wouldn't want to lose your business money because you got people sick after not washing your own poo off your fingers.
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10/02/2012 05:27 AM
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I also wash the door knobs with dettol often to try & keep the greeblies to a minimum :)
 Quoting: miffed


OCD huh? charlie
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10/02/2012 05:28 AM
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Of course washing his hands after taking a crap should be automatic for everyone.
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But girls after wiping their vagina never do they like to sniff it im telling you ive seen them.
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btw, any chance of a link to the guy who gave EVERYONE he sold food to hep A?
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The video was a dramatization where you have to watch what he's doing and see where he makes mistakes.

It's just illustrating that it's possible you could give people you serve Hep A if you don't wash up after shitting.

I get that there's millions of shit particles everywhere, but washing up isn't going to hurt either. There's no really good reason to take an anti-washing hands after shitting stance.
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I also wash the door knobs with dettol often to try & keep the greeblies to a minimum :)
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OCD huh? charlie
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24219938


Only a little now but 8 or so years ago I was shocking!!!
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10/02/2012 05:38 AM
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the water we wash with has been pissed out a gazillion times anyway charlie
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10/02/2012 05:42 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
So, you have a lump of turd on your finger, and turn on the tap to wash your hand. You clean up your hands.

You turn off the tap, and touch a turdy tap (not just yours, but everyone elses who has used the tap). You then open the door to leave the toilet, and touch a handle that someone else has touched after taking a dump and not washed their hands.

So, where was the benefit of washing your hands?
 Quoting: Cloggy Bastard 4912635


There is none.If anything you have picked up more germs and from lots of people rather than just your own.Its cleaner to not wash your hands in a public restroom.
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10/02/2012 05:46 AM
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I also wash the door knobs with dettol often to try & keep the greeblies to a minimum :)
 Quoting: miffed


OCD huh? charlie
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24219938


Only a little now but 8 or so years ago I was shocking!!!
 Quoting: miffed


I used to wash my hands about 50 times a day because I worked on cars and even after hand cleaner the stink of the petrol infected grease and oil made me feel sick.
Now I don't work on cars much anymore I only wash my hands about 10 times a day.
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10/02/2012 05:49 AM
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If you're almost never in contact with bacteria, you're weakening your immune system.
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10/02/2012 05:52 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
Most people are filthy. I try not to be around them very much.
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Most people are filthy.
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Because we are ALL made out of constantly rotting POO lmao
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10/02/2012 05:53 AM
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Re: Why Don't People Wash Their Hands After Using The Bathroom?
The ridiculous rationales used here to excuse not washing hands after bathroom use are perhaps even more unbelievable than the nonwashing itself.

People have learned to use paper towels to touch anything in the bathroom, including the door knob, after they wash their hands, so the "everything is dirty-germs are everywhere" mantra is about as lame as it gets. Using this logic, why would you ever wash your hands at all? Leave oil, or paint, or whatever, on your hands, because, what is the point of washing them when everything you touch is dirty?

The "we survived for centuries" without washing makes no sense. Yes, we did, and this helped produce black plagues, fevers and other childhood diseases that were only eradicated when humans invented soap and discovered that combined with water, it served an important purpose.

It's also incredible that we have intelligent people now admitting they don't wash their hands, even after taking a crap, and feeling comfortable in doing so. Where is the shame even a small child used to feel, when caught with filthy hands? Doesn't the smell bother you? Do you even bother to wash before eating?

If you have kids, what do you tell them? Just leave out any reference to hand washing? Do your kids ever ask what the bathroom sink is for? Really, people, this is basic existence 101. And why wipe after taking a dump, anyway? Isn't not wiping, or not flushing the toilet, part of the same incomprehensible line of logic?

I think this disturbing trend can be attributed primarily to the increasing laziness and general stupidity of the public. We have become an idiocracy.

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