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May 1, 2015 Last updated: May 20, 2020

How to Use the Public Restroom Like a Gentleman: An Illustrated Guide

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While it may seem that the laws of etiquette only apply to dinner parties and theater outings, a certain decorum should prevail even in a public restroom. Today we illuminate the unspoken (and too often unfollowed) code of conduct for using the bathroom like a gentleman.

  1. Always leave a buffer. If possible, leave a urinal or stall between yourself and other bathroom occupants.
  2. No phone calls, period.
  3. No eye contact with other patrons. Eyes forward at all times.
  4. Keep talking to a minimum. Under no circumstances do you talk to a man while he’s pooping.
  5. Always flush. Flush a second time if needed to clear up leftover… stuff.
  6. Wash your hands, even if you’re not an employee returning to work.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

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