I walked into the bathroom to do the usual morning business only to see one of the things that often makes me furious—droplets of urine all over the toilet seat. We’ve had a guest in the house for a week or so living with us, and I knew for a fact that this was their doing. My 5-year-old son has been taught to sit on the toilet whenever he needs to take a leak; a messy toilet seat is a problem we’ve never had in the house.
Now, here is my question: Why would a grown man think it is right to stand over the toilet, spray their waste liquid all over the place like a brain-dead idiot, leave it as it is, and expect someone else to clean up the mess? What kind of monster comes into someone else’s home and assumes it is okay for someone else to sit on their urine?
While this is supposed to be basic human decency, a lot of men, whom I assume were not properly taught by whoever raised them, are unable to fathom how annoying and disgusting this ugly behavior is. Even if your masculinity is so fragile to the point where you think it is feminine to sit and pee, common sense should inform anyone that the toilet seat needs to be lifted up if you must do it standing. Besides, a responsible human would aim right and clean up their mess if need be.
Thoughtlessness at its peak
Even if the toilet in question was in a public zone, the fact that it is someone else’s job to keep the place clean should deter a well-thinking human from splashing their mess everywhere. And again, even if it is your own toilet and you pay for the house, it is an unfair burden on whoever has the responsibility to keep the place in order, be it your partner or your grown-up child. It is very disrespectful to them if you make it your life’s purpose to make them pay for your lack of decorum. And if you take this behavior to someone else’s house as a guest, you are probably nothing but a barbarian who shouldn’t even live among humans.
Besides, the fact that the next person using the loo may have to sit their butt on your urine should be a deterrent. I mean, this is just unfair.
In homes where there are children who may not fully understand the importance of proper hygiene, chances are that they are going to try to balance themselves properly with their hands touching the toilet seat, ending with the misfortune of having your waste product on their precious little hands.
Did you ever stop for a moment to think your action increases the risk of diseases and infection since you create accessible breeding grounds for microbes everywhere you go?
It’s not even just about poor aim
While it’s understandable that standing on your feet is possibly the most comfortable position to unload your tank, you won’t always have the perfect aim even if you try because:
- The pressure at the beginning and towards the end isn’t always consistent. Basically, this means you most likely won’t have a perfect hit until the stream has gained some momentum;
- The stream doesn’t always come out perfect, and there are times when you’re going to have a splitter;
- Even if you have the perfect aim, by design, the toilet bowl isn’t a urinal, and splashes are bound to make their way out of the bowl;
- Attention is never always at 100%.
And even if you aim properly like a sniper and take a clean shot, there are tiny droplets and splashbacks flying all over the place that you can’t see. This video by QS Supplies goes to prove that this isn’t just a theory.
It honestly doesn’t take much effort to maintain good bathroom etiquette and keep the area clean—You only need to take responsibility and take others into consideration. Keep in mind that you are a grown adult and shouldn’t have others cleaning up your mess. You stopped using diapers decades ago, for crying out loud.
If you know for a fact you are going to miss, please take a seat and do what you have to do. Sitting down to take a piss doesn’t take away from your delicate masculinity.
Remember that little children are going to touch the toilet seat and have your stinky juice all over their hands; someone might have the misfortune of sitting right on it, and another person will have to wipe the thing off and keep the place in order.
And if you are at the receiving end of this…
I think open communication is the way to go. I had to call this person, show them the mess they made in a calm manner, and explain how it was unfair to others. That was the last time I saw such from them—It’s all about respecting shared spaces.
And going forward, I think I will have to hang up a set of rules in the bathroom. They are all over Amazon anyway.
So, to all the men out there, let’s make a commitment to better bathroom etiquette. It’s a small change that can make a big difference in our homes and relationships. After all, no one should have to start their day with the unpleasant surprise of a messy toilet seat.