The Communal Bathroom At Work Is The Best

-Said no one, EVER.

I do not like plunging other people’s shit, especially co-workers. Even my kid tries to plunge his own unnaturally large craps himself – with a towel – [but that’s another story.]

I enjoy most everyone I work with; it’s a small office with 20ish people going to the bathroom, multiple times a day. A point has been reached and I can no longer sit and be quiet. If I’m being honest, it concerns me what some of their personal bathrooms look like at home.

So we’re clear, I’m not curious – I do not want to see…it’s just concerning.

I’ve learned that what I thought was either public knowledge or common courtesy regarding a communal bathroom is obviously not. For starters, we all poop… it’s a fact of life that I, personally, have learned to deal with. When you do your business in a communal bathroom there are a few things to remember.giphy (2)

1.) Spray some damn air freshener. I’d rather smell poop & berries over  your regular old nasty shit.

2.) Make sure it flushes. Assuming everyone is a grownup that’s using this toilet – I’m sure you know what a clogged toilet does. FIX IT. Nobody in the office gets paid for that.

3.) Make sure you don’t leave a poop stain anywhere on the toilet. This includes the seat AND the inside of the bowl. I do not give two shits [pun intended] if you have to put your hand in the toilet bowl water – get rid of it.

4.) There is no need to try and conceal the fact you poo’d. Keep the fan on and close the damn door on your way out. [Do NOT turn the light off and leave the door wide open, pretending you didn’t just stink the place up, for people to walk by and be forced to waft your nastiness into their noses.]

Now, since we are all pooping… obviously we’re all using toilet paper.giphy (3)

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you  are using the facilities and there are approximately 2 squares of toilet paper on the roll. It is safe to say, whoever was in there before you is an inconsiderate asshole.

Regardless what you’re wiping, 2 squares doesn’t cut it. I change the toilet paper roll constantly at my house: for the man I married and the kid I birthed… I don’t want to do it for my coworkers.

In addition to the communal bathroom, in many offices you also share a communal kitchen area. THIS IS WHY YOU WASH YOUR HANDS. If you want to spread your bathroom germs all over your desk, keyboard…whatever – that’s your [less-than-desirable] decision – but don’t force them upon people you work with & their lunch.

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I give full permission for professionals to print this and hang it in their communal bathrooms.

Debt Collectors VS. Debtor-Friendly Society

Collecting debt is basically all I have done since high school; after one customer service position – I realized it was not for me. It takes someone with thick skin to walk out the door at the end of each day with their head held high, when you collect debt for a living. The names I’ve been called would make my grandmother blush. The amount of times I’ve had phones slammed down in my ear… might be in the millions. Countless times people’s anger has been taken out on me...& I’m one of the nice ones.

The debtor-friendly society we live in has enabled a lousy character for people in my profession. The reputation a bill collector hangs over their head is, most times, exaggerated to say the least. I’ve been surrounded by bill collectors my entire adult life, they’re fairly pleasant people just trying to make a living.

They’re not monsters. They’re not holding a personal grudge against the person they are calling. They are doing their job.

Regardless whether the debt was incurred due to irresponsibility, an accident or even something completely out of the debtor’s control… It should be paid. Services were rendered, products were sold and whoever supplied the goods – deserves at the very least – to have the debt acknowledged.

Since being promoted to Business Development Coordinator at the small agency I work for, it has become even more apparent just how much our culture caters to individuals who don’t take care of their debts. While trying to research strategies for sales and marketing, I’m bombarded by tips & tricks to help get out of paying debt. A plethora of printable form letters to cease collection agencies from contacting you.

Information available to assist collection agencies is limited. Why is that? Would it not be more beneficial as a society to work on getting these delinquent debts paid instead of helping people flat-out avoid their obligations?

[There’s an upside to this…us in the industry, we have something called “job security”.]