The Inconvenience of Public Conveniences
Pissing in such places isn’t really an issue but like all men, unless they are cruising in a gay place, I observe urinal etiquette (*). Even though I sometimes suffer ‘piss-shyness’, I’ll always use the urinals in a ‘non-gay venue’ rather than the cubicles unless I’m going to commit a major breach of urinal etiquette. In a gay venue, I’ll always use the urinals even if I breach etiquette – I’ll only use the cubicles if all the urinals are occupied.
However, when it comes to a number 2, I avoid public toilets like the plague. Some people seem quite happy to be heard blatting and grunting away but I like to reserve those pleasures for the comfort of my toilet at home. Consequently, I’ve developed bowels of amazing strength and resilience so it’s rare for me to have to use public facilities for a dump. But sometimes they let me down.
Cubicles don’t have equivalent urinal etiquette but, on the whole, it would seem that the first cubicle tends to be avoided and the furthest one seems most ‘popular’. That observation certainly applied to me but I’ve recently changed the way I use cubicle when I’m forced to use them.
According to evidence and statistics that were discussed at the recent International Toilet Conference, the first cubicle is the least used and, there, the cleanest. This concurs with my empirical evidence so it makes logical sense to me.
I now use the first cubicle if I really have to take a public dump.
(*) If any of you, male and female, want to test your knowledge of urinal etiquette, let me know your scores. I got 50 out of 60.