I’m not a fan of public restrooms. I have a very shy evacuation system so I tend to use them only when the need becomes extreme and then I try to leave at least one empty stall between me and anyone else.
A very long time ago, on the old Diginomicon blog, we had a lengthy discussion of public restroom etiquette. I don’t think the one I’m about to throw out now was on that list, but it should have been.
If you need to take a massive dump, don’t pick the first stall upon walking in the restroom. Pick one of the ones near the back, if not the last one. But please don’t use the stall reserved for handicapped (or handicapable, if you prefer) because I’ll shoot you a nasty look if I catch you. By selecting the first stall, or one of the first few, you are forcing everyone who walks in to move through your tremendous cloud of stench.
Now, I know some men seem to enjoy tormenting others with their disgusting smells but, nearly without exception, the women I know don’t go out of their way to try to make others puke with the rankness of their bodily excretions. One major exception would be, of course, my wife.
So, keep this in mind the next time you need to take a duece at work.