HR Strange But True

Reader’s Story: Toilet Talk or Dirty Seat? Clean It Up

Bathrooms have been the setting of many Strange but True! tales. From applicants taking telephone interviews on the toilet, to ex-employees swiping tissue paper, bathrooms bring out some bizarre behavior.

This week, we’re sharing a reader’s story about how HR had to clean up a messy issue.

“We had a female employee that was urinating on the toilet seats. Not just a little sprinkle but a full-fledged soaking. Other employees were pretty sure who the culprit was but I did not want to just go up and accuse someone of purposely soiling a public restroom.  I was forced to post a sign stating:

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL COMPLAINTS OF PEOPLE LEAVING A MESS AFTER USING THE TOILET.  IF YOU ‘MISS” AND MAKE A MESS ON THE SEAT, PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.  OTHER PEOPLE USE THESE FACILITIES AND IT IS NOT FAIR THAT SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD HAVE TO CLEAN UP YOUR MESS.

“The worst part was I had to post a second notice since the first one didn’t give the guilty party the ‘hint.’ I was a little more direct with that one.

IMPORTANT
WHOEVER IS MAKING A MESS ON THE TOILET SEATS PLEASE STOP IMMEDIATELY.
THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS CLEAN THE MESS WHEN YOU ARE DONE.
IT IS NOT ONLY DISGUSTING BUT A HEALTH HAZARD TO ALL EMPLOYEES THAT USE THIS BATHROOM.
ANY EMPLOYEE CAUGHT LEAVING A MESS WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

“This time, they got the hint.”

Thanks, SBT reader, for sharing your story.