Anyone Have A Theory Why Guys Don't Flush Urinals?

Why don't guys flush urinals?

There, I said it. Because let's face it, there's no easy way to broach this subject except to tackle it head on. I've been wondering about this for years. It doesn't seem like it's too much to ask. When you're done, there's a bright shiny handle right in front of you. You pull it down, walk away, and leave the urinal clean and ready for the next guy who comes along. But most men seem unable, or unwilling, to do this. So my question is why?

Urinals seem like a minor issue, but when you walk into a public bathroom (shared in our building by numerous businesses) and step up to any of the three urinals, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that nine times out of ten they haven't been flushed. Is there a phobia? Are guys afraid to touch a handle because they're afraid of germs? If that's the case, use your elbow, a piece of toilet paper, or hike your leg up and flush it with your foot (been there, done that). Not flushing is just poor bathroom etiquette.


Do women leave a toilet without flushing? I highly doubt it (OK, maybe some do, but I bet not as many as guys). Are we, as men, still that primeval? Do we feel that not flushing is a way of leaving a mark of some sort (don't answer that)? Or, maybe since we're into our fifth year of a drought here in California, this is another way for us to save water (are you reading this Governor Brown)?

I've even gotten to the point where I want to stand outside the door, and ask people as they leave "So, what's the deal? Why didn't you flush?" But then again, that comes across as just plain creepy. So I turn to those of you who are reading this, maybe you can enlighten me. Maybe you can tell me why after 30 years of working and using public (and private bathrooms) I've yet to come across a majority of men who follow basic toilet etiquette.? Can we change this habit? Will we?

One of the best solutions I found was on a website. The writer suggested "every time you find the toilet (not) flushed, you can provide (the person) with both an inconvenient consequence and a relatable consequence...and you need to refuse to do the work for (them). These steps might take a lot of time for you to implement, but will only happen a few times, and (the the) will be trained. It pays off in the long run." Of course, this was on a parenting website, and the author was talking about training a three year old, but if it works for them, maybe it will work for grown men everywhere?

Dan Mitchinson

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