Automatic Bathroom Equipment

We’ve all been through this.

You go into a public restroom. You enter the “pleasantly adorned” stall and there it is…the automatic toilet. You begin to do your business. And just about halfway through “your business”, the toilet flushes.

And then it does it again. And you’re still not done.

You know, if you’re sitting on the toilet, this is probably the most awkward, undesirable experience ever to occur.

You finish up…you know, doing whatever you may have to do.

And then when you leave…the toilet doesn’t flush.

So now, even though it flushed twice before, you feel bad because there may still be some…residue…in the toilet. So now, defeating the whole purpose of an automatically flushing toilet, you have to use your hand to manually flush the toilet.

You leave the stall. You go over to the automatic sink. You wave your hand once. It doesn’t work. You wave it a second time. A third time. Finally, it spurts out some water.

And the worst is yet to come. After you’ve successfully washed your hands, you have to dry them.

In automatically equipped bathrooms, there are two options you may have: 1) The Automatic Air Dryer and 2) The Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser.

And you know what? Both of them suck.

For the illustrious Air Dryer, if you don’t keep your hands in a certain spot, it shuts off immediately. So you can’t dry half of your hand, and you end up wiping it on your shirt.

An almighty, automatic paper towel dispenser. wikimedia.org

For the all-powerful Paper Towel Dispenser, you have to find the right spot to put your hand. And once you finally find said spot, you’re lucky to get half a piece of a towel. So, you hold your hand there again. And again. And again. Until you have enough paper towel.

I understand that this is to prevent the spread of germs by limiting the contact to surface objects…but the old ways were much faster…and less awkward.

Basically, if I don’t have to, I don’t want to rely on a machine for my every move in the bathroom.

Soon, they’re going to put automatic doors on bathrooms. And you’ll want to go in, but it won’t always open for you. And that’ll really suck when you have to…you know…go.

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4 Responses to “Automatic Bathroom Equipment”


  1. 1 shinminae June 10, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    This happened to me yesterday at my sister’s graduation. It was starting and I could hear the screams and happy shouts, but I couldn’t get any paper towels!

    And I was dressed really nicely so I couldn’t wipe my hands on my pants-______-

  2. 2 un peu fou June 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Es estresante, pero “sarna con gusto no pica” dirían. Si aceptamos la tecnología, a quedarse con los cambios.

    • 3 Andrew June 10, 2010 at 1:48 PM

      Estoy confundido de su comentario. Tal vez es porque no hablo español naturalmente. Yo aprendí español en la escuela. Muchas gracias por leer.

  3. 4 Cambria July 5, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    I love you for this post. It made me laugh and it is so very true! Kudos!


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