Do you frequently talk to people at the urinal?
Didn't your mother ever tell you not to talk to strangers? A urinal is not an ideal location for idle small talk.
Have you ever tried to shake hands with someone at a urinal before?
Never offer to shake hands with someone standing next to you at a urinal. No one wants to shake your hand while you are touching yourself.
Have you ever spit gum, tobacco, toothpicks or something else into a urinal?
Your gum, tobacco chew, toothpick, cigarette or even used condom goes in the garbage can, not the urinal. Otherwise, some poor cleaning person will have to fish it out later. Gross. Don't be that guy.
If your phone rings while you're at a urinal, will you answer it?
If your phone rings, just call them back. Your hands should be busy doing something else.
Do you unzip or drop trou?
Unzip your pants or pull your waistband down just enough to relieve yourself. Never complete drop trou (aka drop your trousers and underwear) all the way down to your ankles. No one else wants to see your hairy ass.
Have you ever taken a peek at the guys standing next to you
Your eyes should be facing forward or down at your own business. Peeking over at the neighboring urinal will probably get you punched.
How frequently do you flush your urinal after using it?
Many urinals these days have auto flush sensors or might even be waterless urinals. But if there's an opportunity to flush, make sure you do so. No one wants to pee into your old stale urine later.
Have you ever intentionally used a urinal directly next to someone else even though there was an opportunity to space out?
Never intentionally stand at a urinal directly next to another man when there are opportunities to space out. Find the urinal farthest away and pee there.
What's the ideal distance between you and the urinal?
Using the urinal is not a long-distance sport. Don't be the guy standing in the middle of the bathroom peeing in a giant arch into the urinal. Also, don't be the guy completely inside the urinal. A 6" distance should give you enough space to pee comfortably into the urinal without getting spray back off the wall.
Have you ever taken a photo in a public restroom before?
Have you ever seen someone taking a photo in a public restroom before? It's really uncomfortable. If you're taking a photo for a project (like photos for this article), then please hang up a sign warning people or just temporarily shutdown the bathroom.
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