I always think of myself as a PUBLIC person.
A person who don’t think of herself as unique or different and I always try my best to fit in the PUBLIC or common masses.
Only...I have always a thing about public facilities (toilets); a thing that consist of being reluctant to use them.
I knew there was a reason why I prefer to avoid the public toilets...hmm...
I was reminded at the supermarket over the weekend...after approaching the ladies...which is rather inconveniently situated next to the men’s.
The aroma hit me like a slap in the face as I turned into the corridor…seeing a man walk towards me…bow-legged and adjusting himself.
The stench came from the door he had just gone through and I was most relieved at the prospect of having separate toilets.
The lady who strolled in front of me turned round and pulled a face.
I struggled to breathe and didn't dare open my mouth to say anything in case the fumes hit the back of my throat....hmmm...
What was revolting was the fact we weren't far from the fruit and vegetable area.
When we were in Bangkok in last December…most of the toilets we used in shopping plazas’ were pay-only.
And was definitely worth it because they were all clean, bright and displaying fresh flowers by the sinks; each had plenty toilet paper and decent locks on the doors.
I'm not the most hygienic person in the world…being a working woman and going home after 7:00pm everyday means cleanliness isn't always an option.
Using the facilities in places like supermarkets shouldn't be a nauseating experience; if a shop or organisation provides toilets they should be checked...cleaned and...in this case...fumigated.
hmm…me and my experiences….sigh…
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