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Etiquette expert: Put phone away on toilet
upi ^ | Dec. 7, 2012

Posted on 12/08/2012 9:57:08 AM PST by JoeProBono

WASHINGTON, A Washington business etiquette expert says people should learn to put down their smartphones while sitting on the toilet.

Kate Zabriskie, owner of Business Training Works, said using the phone for any reason while sitting on the toilet runs counter to the cause of cleanliness, NBC's "Today" show reported Friday.

"If you're in the stall touching the buttons on the phone, that's not good," Zabriskie said. "Those just aren't clean hands. And even if they're immaculate hands ... it's just not an image that I would think most people would want to project."

However, Zabriskie said convincing people to put their phones down at any time is a tall order.

"It's just almost become an appendage," she said.

Zabriskie said she hopes workers will at least make an attempt to hide their restroom phone use from colleagues.

"Use sense," she said. "If you are going to secretly shop in the bathroom, put your phone away before you walk out of the stall."


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1 posted on 12/08/2012 9:57:12 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

LOL I have a friend that I call while crappin.

“Guess what I’m doing”


2 posted on 12/08/2012 9:59:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JoeProBono
And even if they're immaculate hands ... it's just not an image that I would think most people would want to project."

something only a woman would say :-)
3 posted on 12/08/2012 10:00:33 AM PST by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: JoeProBono

I collect your pictures.
While I do my business.


4 posted on 12/08/2012 10:02:07 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: JoeProBono

If the Pres can have a 12 trillion dollar credit account I can certainly use my phone on the crapper.
I can also smoke a joint.
I take my laptop in there too.


5 posted on 12/08/2012 10:07:31 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: wafflehouse
something only a woman would say :-)

Yeah, right.

Wasn't there some TV reporterette a few years back that was on the throne with a cell phone, oh, and an open mic, while denigrating her in-laws just before Thanksgiving?

6 posted on 12/08/2012 10:09:30 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: cripplecreek

7 posted on 12/08/2012 10:09:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I was at a City Council Meeting earlier this year where they wear wireless mics. The Mayor called a recess for a nature call and forget to mute his mic. The rest of the story is TMI.


8 posted on 12/08/2012 10:12:01 AM PST by granite (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left - Ecclest 10:2)
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To: right way right
I just wouldn't want to...I'm not a phone guy. A lot of people have these little old phones that can call and text and watch movies and listen to music and do their taxes...I don't understand the allur of having so much easy distraction forever at your fingertips. Gimme a decent book. Whats more, I have a toilet book collection, and once a book is relegated to that role it doesn't leave the bathroom.

Technology just doesn't do it for me.

9 posted on 12/08/2012 10:12:33 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: JoeProBono
The first time I heard of a phone in the bathroom was during the Watergate era. The wife of somebody involved would make calls to the Washington Post et al, from the bathroom.

Now that it's ubiquitous, it's no longer the status symbol it may have once been before the non-land lines became so prolific.

10 posted on 12/08/2012 10:16:10 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: JoeProBono

My girlfriend has threathened my life if I ever call her while on the toilet. So I have to be VERY CAREFUL.


11 posted on 12/08/2012 10:26:06 AM PST by 429CJ (.wh)
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To: JoeProBono

I installed a wall phone next to the toilet!


12 posted on 12/08/2012 10:35:45 AM PST by dalereed
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To: JoeProBono

I remember years ago going in the men’s room in the morning to do my number 1 business and noticed the farthest stall was occupied. No one else was in there...

So as I stood doing my thing, I here the dude in the stall loudly say, “Hey, how’s it going, man?”

Well, I thought about that, and realized it was the voice of the new instructor we had just hired and who I had met that morning. We had made some small talk on a particular subject or two relating to the training labs so I replied,

“I’m doing ok. Can’t complain. You know you’re right about that lab setup, we need to have the techs take another look at...”

And while I was saying this I hear, “Wait a minute, I can’t hear you! Some guy is talking here in the bathroom. Let me put my bluetooth on.”

I quietly finished, silently clean up and snuck out the door.

Nowadays me and this guy are great friends but I always like to tease him about his bathroom etiquette and that day!


13 posted on 12/08/2012 10:37:38 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: JoeProBono

14 posted on 12/08/2012 10:40:28 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

15 posted on 12/08/2012 10:45:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I woould never hear from my brother — that’s the only time he thinks of me.


16 posted on 12/08/2012 10:51:18 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Calvin Locke
The first time I heard of a phone in the bathroom was during the Watergate era. The wife of somebody involved would make calls to the Washington Post et al, from the bathroom. Now that it's ubiquitous, it's no longer the status symbol it may have once been before the non-land lines became so prolific.

Martha Mitchell, wife of John N. Mitchell, United States Attorney General under President Richard Nixon.

She had a totally ordinary land-line extension telephone - no status symbol - installed in her bathroom.

Regards,

17 posted on 12/08/2012 11:10:55 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

It amazes me the number of hotels that have phones in the water closet portion of their bathrooms. People don’t seem to realize how well background noises carry over a land line. Going to the bathroom should be a private matter. Goes again to the total lack of manners that most people exhibit now.


18 posted on 12/08/2012 11:17:39 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: JoeProBono

Leads to this scenario:

Stall 1: “Hey.”
Stall 2: “Uh...hey.”
Stall 1: “Whatcha doin’?”
Stall 2: “Uh...I’d think that’s kinda obvious.”
Stall 1: “Hang on...idiot in the next stall thinks I’m talking to him.”

True story.


19 posted on 12/08/2012 11:20:56 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: cripplecreek

C’mon...TODAY has 4 hours a day to fill without criticizing Obama.


20 posted on 12/08/2012 11:40:43 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: JoeProBono

Dilbert Oct 11, 2004.

I cannot cut/paste, embed, or link to it (poor skills set), but Googling it works.

I pasted this one on the Men’s Head door at work where it remained at least until I retired, June 2009.


21 posted on 12/08/2012 1:11:29 PM PST by Scrambler Bob (If you could read my mind ... just count up the felonies!)
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To: JoeProBono

I put sound effects on my phone. I go in the stall at the airport in Atlanta and hit the elephant trumpeting. I also have a lion roaring. The one that gets the most attention though is from an old submarine movie, “Dive! Dive! Take her down Number Two! level off at ninety feet!”


22 posted on 12/08/2012 1:53:34 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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