There are three types of bathroom hand-washing practitioners that I am aware of, the always hand-washers, the never hand-washers, and by far the most intriguing group to me, the always before hand-washers. I am proudly an always hand-washer. I am grossed out by the never hand-washers (and as a result am an always grab door with paper toweler), but what’s the deal with the always before washers? I was just in the potty with one a minute ago.
After getting over the embarrassment of someone walking into the bathroom while I was número dos-ing, I was shocked to walk out and find her at the sink and not in the stall where she would not be able to associate a face with the stink. But there she was at the sink washing her hands and then she proceeded to her stall. I have a friend who washes first and he says it’s because he’s not touching his penis and contaminating it with something gross from the office when he has to “go home and use that thing on [his wife]”. I swear to God he said it just like that. I’ve also had guys give me more vulgar renditions of why they wash their hands first, but I think this was the first woman.
Anybody out there care to chime in? What kind of washer are you? And if you’re an always beforer, why?