1. Ha! Clearly she was using the cup to collect her untainted urine for her junkie boyfriend waiting in the parking lot to take the sample to his parole check-in. That’s about the ONLY reason I can think of that would explain taking a soda cup into a bathroom!!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I am feeling validated. It has been a few days and I was wondering if I was just overly concerned. I’m glad you agree!

  2. That is so gross! I read a blog post a few weeks ago about people not washing their hands in Target bathrooms and then walking around the whole store touching things… anything. From time to time, especially if all three boys are with me, I will skip the official hand washing and just give everyone a squirt of sanitizer. But, taking a drink into the bathroom and then refilling it? You know it was on the floor.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I’m with you – I am often the wiper for my 4 year old, so sometimes sanitizer will do and I wash my hands, but that is soooo icky!

  3. Courtney Conover


    First things first: Have I ever wanted to give a time out to an adult?
    Yes, particularly when I worked in politics: I wanted to give the entire City Hall a time out…

    Second, I, too, shudder — not a little, A LOT — at the thought of taking your beverage into a public bathroom.

    And third, I’m with your husband: I don’t do potlucks. Period.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I am fine with pot luck, so I always give him a hard time about that, but maybe I should be more cautious given what could be going on behind the scenes. Haha!

  4. Ugh… gross. I always want to give my mom a time out, especially when she pulls her “this-is-black-even-though-it’s-obviously-white-but-it’s-black-so-I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong” stunts. I’m still debating whether I should write a post about that.

  5. balmtomysoul

    I have wanted to give an adult time out, but it is usually for a way they are treating their kids in public!! I try so hard not to be judgmental as I have been in positions where my child is throwing a tantrum, etc, but sometimes there really is a line about how you treat them. Yelling and demeaning are so unnecessary!! Another time out can be considered for the unengaged parent who doesn’t ever correct their child, even when endangering other children. Have a great day!!

  6. This made me shudder with disgust. Yuck yuck yuck. I am the mom who always has Purell with her, and I make my kids use it even if they say they washed their hands because 1) they often lie about washing their hands and 2) even if they washed their hands, if they came in any contact with the door/doorknob on the way out, they touched something that people who have NOT washed their hands also touched, and guess what? Hand washing totally negated. “Hold out your hands and let me give you some Purell.”

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I am not a Purell pusher, but i admire those who are and when my kids get old enough to go into a public restroom on their own, I will definitely look into that. Thanks for commenting!

  7. i want to give time outs to other adults ALL THE TIME.

    And that is disgusting. Really. But not surprising. I am less and less surprised by the other humans every single day.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Seriously. At least PRETEND to wash your hands if someone else is there washing. How can someone be okay with me clearly seeing them not wash their hands? A half ass run under the fountain is required at a minimum.

  8. Amanda B

    And my sister thinks im weird for finding soda-drink-cup hiding places outside the bathroom, before going in.

    One time I asked my MIL to hold my drink while I went in. She agreed, then followed me in- drink in hand- a few mins later. She handed me the cup and I tossed it in the trash. She looked at me like I was nuts. WTAF.

    No. Way. Jose.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Wow. Did she not understand the importance item you had entrusted her with?? Apparently not. Not cool.

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