Awkward Office Restroom Conversations

As if using a public restroom wasn’t bad enough, dealing with awkward conversations in the bathroom makes it even worse! Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips to help you handle stall talk.

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #197

Poor Stan had to grin and bear it. So let this be a lesson to us all: do not share the details of your bowel activities with anyone aside from your doctor (or a very understanding spouse). And if you find yourself in this situation, where you are a captive audience, just nod, give a “mhmm” and get the heck out of Dodge. Don’t stick around to chat. Let your subtle reply be your only form of reply. Then, go wash your hands, add a “See you later,” and leave. With a situation like this, that is all you need. Nothing more. Trust me, your raise will not be determined by your response to THAT kind of question.

Tip #3 – The Restroom is NOT a Library

That wasn’t the last of Stan’s sad bathroom encounters. His story goes on. He told me about another instance when a coworker offered some reading material to him, while in the stall. While on the toilet, a coworker next to him, reached under the divider next to him and said, “Dude, I’m done with this, do you want it?” Granted, it was The New York Times, but come on! I don’t care if it’s a rare copy of the Constitution—you don’t share reading material with someone else in the bathroom. Ever. Ever, ever, ever!

If you find yourself in this insanely awkward scenario, kindly say “Thank you, but I’m fine.” I don’t care if you plan on being in there in there for another half hour, by no means does this make it okay to take someone’s reading material. Why, you ask? Well, how about our good friends germs for one thing. (I’m sure the House Call Doctor will have something to say about that).  Or the fact that now that nasty paper is your responsibility. I mean, what are you going to do, pass it down the line and continue the “stink train”? No way! Your mama, and Modern Manners Guy, taught you better than that.

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