So an interesting conversation just sparked again, and I'd love everyone's opinion on this:
A co-worker (male) was on his way to bring me some paperwork, but he stopped at the restroom on the way. He tucked the papers under his arm, so he wouldn't have to go put them down anywhere, did his business, washed up, and left.
Question: Is that gross?
LOL, I've heard so many sides to this conversation, from both men & women here at the office, and it is sort of funny.
Newman, who votes TOTALLY GROSS on this subject, was actually also in the restroom, which is how this whole dialogue got started. The co-worker had no idea he thought it was so offensive; he actually thought he did the right thing by not letting the papers actually touch anything in the bathroom.
Is it gross because the papers were under his arm (and ergo, closer to the urinal and potential "spray"), or is it gross because he brought the papers in the bathroom at all?
Would it have been less gross on the sink counter?
And what about the ladies room... where we have stall doors and there are less opportunities for "spray"? I've heard strong opinions on other people putting papers on the counter (which, frankly I think is the grossest thing about public bathrooms)
So now... how about covered food. Water bottles with the cap on. Lunches inside a bag.