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Unexpected shock in ladies!!

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Katek Sun 14-Jun-15 20:33:19

Popped into the ladies when shopping the other day and used the larger cubicle at the end which contained a washhand basin. I fished around one handed behind me for the loo roll when suddenly a blast of hot air hit my exposed nether regions!! The hand drier was positioned immediately adjacent to the loo, some 4' away from the basin with the loo roll in between! Who designed this? Talk about a shock to the system. DH thought it was hysterical

glassortwo Sun 14-Jun-15 20:34:54

grin bet you jumped.

Katek Sun 14-Jun-15 20:36:50

Think I might even have shrieked!

hildajenniJ Sun 14-Jun-15 20:37:57

Goodness, a hand dryer with HOT AIR!!!grin

Bellanonna Sun 14-Jun-15 20:42:08

Made me shriek just reading that !

NanKate Sun 14-Jun-15 20:47:50

Same thing happened to me in a Costa Coffee shop. The cubicle was so small that you only have to jiggle a bit whilst on the loo and the blast of hot air triggers and I can be heard saying rude words at my shock. shock

jinglbellsfrocks Sun 14-Jun-15 20:51:52

I find it's best to pluck an appropriate amount of toilet paper from the dispenser before sitting down. No groping involved then, and no surprises.

Ana Sun 14-Jun-15 20:54:17

You only have to reposition yourself a bit on the loo in our local Tesco and it automatically flushes!

That certainly was a shock to the system when it happened to me...

Falconbird Mon 15-Jun-15 06:42:17

I went into a public loo in a town centre and a recorded voice told me I had a certain amount of time to perform the necessaries before the door would open automatically.

In another loo the lighting was a peculiar shade of blue. All done to discourage drug taking apparently - strange days indeed.

NanKate Mon 15-Jun-15 06:50:07

In a hotel in Reading I could not find anywhere to flush the loo. I pressed everything that looked likely with no results. shock As I left the loo and passed through the open cubicle door it automatically flushed. Never seen nor experienced that since thank heavens.

Nelliemoser Mon 15-Jun-15 08:26:02

My DGS1 at 33months is terrified of the noise of those blowy hand driers.
He does not like going into a public toilets, which makes it very difficult for anyone out on their own with him. Big sobs when I was with him in the park and I really needed a pee.

I had not then realised the cafe toilets had hand towels as an alternative.

Teetime Mon 15-Jun-15 09:10:21

nellimoser our GS was terrified of the noise of hand dryers (and lots of other things) I can't offer any advice I'm afraid he just had to grow out of it but even at 11 he doesn't like loud noise. it makes it very difficult to take them to the loo when you are out though I sympathise.

Falconbird Mon 15-Jun-15 09:24:02

I find those thin hand dryers really alarming and I'm 68. They make such a loud noise and appear to be devices for removing hands smile

I always use hand towels if they're available. Someone told me that germs lurk in hot air hand dryers, thriving in the warm moist conditions and then are blown out into our faces. I always carry a bottle of medicated hand gel and use that.

Judthepud2 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:29:32

Katek grin grin grin Thanks for that image. Brightened my day!

Mishap Mon 15-Jun-15 11:38:07

Went into a toilet abroad (Yugoslavia I think) and there was a lady sitting on a chair handing our paper and wanting to know how many sheets you might need!

Bellanonna Mon 15-Jun-15 11:42:39

Mishap, I found same in Naples. Except it was a man !! You had to pay for it too..

hildajenniJ Mon 15-Jun-15 11:49:03

I went to the toilet which was located in a shed at a National Trust property gardens. I sat down (it was a long sit), all of a sudden the lights went out. I couldn't see a thing. Couldn't find the paper, it was like the black hole of Calcutta. I stood up and moved around, nothing! I groped my way out of the cubicle and the lights came on again. They were the type triggered by movement. I had managed to find the flush, so I washed my hands and left.

PRINTMISS Mon 15-Jun-15 12:32:31

I was in a 'family' pub, and desperate for the loo, I asked the assistant where the toilet was and she pointed to one saying - 'that's the family one - there is another on the other side of the restaurant' I went in the family toilet and entered the cubicle - the toilets were so low, I wondered if I would ever get off again, but I was really that desperate. A big groan helped the lift-off, not quite sure what I would have done if I could not have raised myself up.

downtoearth Mon 15-Jun-15 12:53:07

perhaps the hand driers are not ONLY hand driers,and that is why they are placed closeby to the loo roll (think about it) grin

Falconbird Mon 15-Jun-15 13:20:09

In Belgium a male attendant smoking a cigar escorted me to the loo and wiped the seat with disinfectant.

felice Mon 15-Jun-15 14:34:20

That happens a lot here Falcon, the people providing the service are self employed and have an arrangement with the management, they keep the toilets clean, provide all the paper etc. It can be quite a competition between them.
When we first moved here there was an old lady looking after the toilets in a restaurant/cafe we go to.
She told me she had brought up her handicapped daughter(from a Scottish soldier) on the money she made.

Falconbird Mon 15-Jun-15 15:07:45

It's a great idea in my opinion felice. It would be good to see more of it in this country. smile

A lot of public loos in UK don't have an attendant or if there is one they are often closeted away in a room covered with curtains, or behind a locked door.

PRINTMISS Tue 16-Jun-15 09:18:38

This is a little aside from the main theme, but a long while ago we were asked (as printers) to reproduce as postcards, some photographs taken in the early 1900's, and one of them was of an elderly lady dressed in long black clothes and bonnet, standing outside the good old-fashioned "Gentleman's" underground toilet, obviously in London, holding walking sticks. Evidently this was a way of earning a living, she was paid to hold the sticks whilst the gentleman went about his business. Going on from that, because the card had our imprint, a young lady contacted us and asked where we had found the photograph of her great-grandmother!

HappyNan1 Tue 16-Jun-15 11:01:48

All your stories have made me laugh and I'll be ready for anything now next time I need to go to the ladies.

Pittcity Tue 16-Jun-15 14:13:52

Just read this story!