Do you use public bathrooms?

@Java09 (3085)
United States
January 25, 2010 5:49am CST
I always try to avoid using a public bathroom,but it's hard if you're traveling.I have to go sometime.I think public bathrooms are very dirty and they smell bad.It just grosses me out to go in them.I worked in a factory in the past that had a very disgusting bathroom and they didn't care to do something about it.I remember I started to take some disinfectant to work and every time I used the toilet I sprayed it first and cleaned it.What about you ,do you use public bathrooms?
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@dobstar (56)
25 Jan 10
Yes. I use public bathrooms. Especially, if I'm traveling on a long trip I'd always prefer to stop somewhere at a nice rest area and take a bath. However, I get very disappointed if I have to use a public bathroom where the service is very bad.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I mostly encounter dirty smelling bathrooms when I have to travel.Too many people use them and they don't keep up cleaning it.
• Estonia
25 Jan 10
I use public bathrooms when the need is getting really big. I'm a man, so I can solve some "lighter liquid" problems without having to sit on a toilet seat. I try to avoid solving some "harder" problems in the public bathrooms, because the toilet seats there are always wet and soiled up.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
It is hard to totally avoid going.I travel a couple of times,I went by bus for 600 miles.There was a stinky bathroom on the bus and the whole time that's all I smelled.How can someone go to the bathroom while the bus in motion?That's hard.I waited til the bus stopped at rest areas.Other than that I wait til I'm home.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
25 Jan 10
I only use them when I really have to go, and I am far from my destination. You are right, most of them are dirty hehe.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
It's hard to totally avoid it when traveling.I've traveled out of my state and I can't hold it that long.
• India
25 Jan 10
well never if its not bearable actually..........but generally i dont use public bathrooms..its really very dirty and i feel very dirty so i prefer staying away from it as much as i can
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
When I use a public bathroom,I feel like my hands are dirty,probably from touching the door to get in and out.
@plantit1 (298)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Sometimes I have to depending on the situation but if I can hold it til I get home that is what I will do. Most are dirty and smelly.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
That is true,I try to avoid using one,but sometimes I can't.It's just too gross.
@AbyssalV (35)
25 Jan 10
No, it always feels like to me that someone is looking at you, which is kind of freaky... but then again they are probably not watching you they are thinking the exact same thing
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
It can feel that way,I'm more comfortable at home.
• India
25 Jan 10
No.... never... i won't use public bathroom at all... i usually try to avoid even public toilets....
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I traveled out of my state and during the trip I can't see how I would avoid it.I traveled for 1,000 miles.I doubt any one can hold it that long.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
25 Jan 10
only to pee. but if i have to do the other i will only use them if i cant hold it or if they are clean.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
It's hard to avoid using public bathrooms.I try to ,but sometimes I can't wait til I get home.
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
25 Jan 10
Of course. We should not generalize because I have used several public bathrooms that are quite clean, though, there are, of course, many dirty ones, too.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Well,when you travel you encounter the worst ones,the public bathrooms I'm speaking of are DIRTY.
• Philippines
25 Jan 10
Yeah I use public bathroom when I really can't control my bladder. I don't sit on the toilet directly, I just squat. I also wipe the toilet bowl before and after I use it. But if I can still hold it, I just wait until I reach our house.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
It is hard not to ever use a public bathroom.It's a hard thing to avoid using.I think a good idea is to avoid sitting on the toilet seat.When I have to use it that's what I do.
• China
25 Jan 10
Yes, I use public bathrooms. As I was a student in school, we hadn't our private bathroom and had to bath with others. But it was not bad. We could chat so it was not boring. We were lucky that our public bathrooms were not so dirty that we would not like to bath there.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
That's good,at least the bathroom wasn't dirty.When it's dirty it makes it hard to want to use it.
• Indonesia
25 Jan 10
Yes I use public bathrooms. The worst public bathroom is when I was traveling outside the country. It was a cold winter night. My friends and I wanted to have a quick look to a place. After we had dinner, I didn't go to the restroom because I didn't feel like I wanna use it yet. And then we walk the streets until we get to the place. Suddenly I really had to go. I searched for a public bathrooms but it was already dark and I couldn't find one that still operating. After 30 minutes I finally found one. But the bathroom is very very disgusting!!! People didn't flush the toilet and it smelled REALLY bad. I kept covering my nose and hold my breath at the same time. OMG... I was very very nauseous after seeing that.
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I try not to have to use a public toilet,but sometimes I'm in the position where I don't have a choice.I've traveled by bus out of my state before,and I encountered many bad disgusting bathrooms during that trip.The very worst was the toiolet on the bus.
• United States
25 Jan 10
Yes I have use public bathroom many times because i go to places and at my school. Its so gross, sometimes i have to hold my breath and having nausea, i kept thinking to myself, just hurry up so i can get out of here.....
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@andu_95 (32)
• Romania
25 Jan 10
It;s quite an intresting question. Well, i don't. I prefer my nice bathroom at home than a public one which may be full of ilnesses and so others.Nevertheless, i rarely use them but just in emergencies.
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• United States
25 Jan 10
I will avoid them if at all possible as they are a petri dish full of germs. Very important to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer if you need to use one.
• United States
25 Jan 10
Only for peeing. I can't even imagine sitting down on a toilet where someone who I don't know bum has been. I don't care if it is in a fancy hotel either. How should I know how many times the toilet seat has been cleaned. Also, there is no telling what type of disease people carry on their backside. It could be contagious and I could catch something. Also, people (mostly guys) tend to spray the seat with urine and although they provide stand up urinals in public restrooms, when the urinals are occupied guys will go to do #1 in the sit down toilets.
@vinslounge (1297)
• India
25 Jan 10
I always try to avoid public toilets but at certain time there may arise a necessity that I have to use the public toilets and at that time, I use it un conditionally. Yes, the condition of public toilet is quite worst in my country too and if for the purpose of urination I somehow hold my breathe and finish the process but if it is for the other purpose, then it becomes quite a difficult thing.
@MrKennedy (1994)
25 Jan 10
I always try to avoid public bathrooms as much as I possibly can. I find them absolutely disgusting, and am shocked at how people find it acceptable to leave them in such a state
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• United States
7 Mar 10
I was always fine with using public restrooms until the last year or so, now they pretty much gross me out and I try to avoid them as much as possible.
@coffeegurl (1470)
• United States
7 Mar 10
I don't have a problem using public restrooms. I was in the army, and no bathroom can be as bad as the port-o-potty on the rifle range in basic training. It smelled so bad, I got the bright idea for all of us to put on our gas masks to enter it. It totally worked and you couldn't even smell it. The sight of seeing my buddies exit the port-o-potty wearing gas masks was an imagine I will never forget.