One of things I hate about using a public bathroom is that by the time you touch the bacteria-laden paper towel lever, you’re absorbing more germs than you’re getting rid of from washing.
If the bathroom is antiquated and equipped with hand-operated (as opposed to sensor) faucets, then you may, as I do, feel compelled to use a paper towel as a “glove” while turning the water on and off.
Additionally, if there is a blow hand dryer, you may, as I do, press the button with your elbow, to activate it.
My work bathrooms have sensor faucets (good, but you have to find the “sweet spot” before they turn on) but have the old-style lever-operated paper towel dispensers.
I “prep” the paper towels before washing my hands so that I can tear off two sheets of paper towel when I’m done with my sanitizing without touching the lever. I should add here that I use my paper towel as a prophylactic when holding the door lever.
The problem is that sometimes someone will take advantage of your prepping, tearing off the paper towel that YOU prepped. These individuals should know that the paper towel doesn’t magically appear. Therefore, if they take YOUR designated paper towel, they should prep two new sheets for you as a courtesy.
Yesterday, an individual did indeed take “my” paper towel. In a very considerate voice, I asked him to “prep” me some paper towel. He looked at me for a split second with a confused expression, but then recovered his bearings and did indeed prep the paper towel for me. Yes, my friends, he knew exactly what I was talking about.
Some people don’t prep the paper towels for themselves, or others, but I am the type of person who sees prepping the paper towels as a necessary way to get out of a public bathroom with as minimum germs as possible.
Perhaps there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who prep their paper towels and those who do not.