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eew moment

March 10th, 2008 at 01:03 am

Saving log - $0 tip box
Spending log - $3.39 coffee, bagel + $1.50 decaf coffee

Thank you to all who voted in last month's blog contest. I placed third for a cool $10. Much appreciated!

Walked all the way down to the Fremont Bridge for 60 block walk, then went through the Fremont Sunday Market - didn't hoof it all the way back, though, just part of the way to wait for my bus, then hit the library.

Had myself an "eew moment". I got a little decaf at the Peet's in front of the Fremont Bridge, and I bought it because I wanted to use the restroom. So I set my coffee down, put a couple of items from my purse to mark the table, then waited in front of the bathroom door.

The eew moment occurred when 20 year old girl left the bathroom. She was still carrying her coffee! It meant she brought the coffee into the bathroom, did number whatever probably while still drinking it, then had to juggle the coffee while she washed her hands ... or did she even bother? Double eew on that possibility.

Am I weird for thinking that's disgusting? Has coffee become that precious that you're willing to compromise your hygiene rather than risk it getting stolen? I mean she got a coffee drink from a coffee shop...anybody who made it to the bathroom also has a coffee, why would they want yours? There was also a nice little shelf across from the door where you could put your coffee on. Of course you could get your coffee dumped by the staff, but I've put a pen on top of the cup to prevent that possibility. Somehow that signifies "I'm here and I'm not done" Smile

Reminds of using the restroom at the old Larry's Grocery. Set the shopping basket down on the floor by the door before taking your rest! I was nervous about having it stolen, too, but since I hadn't bought it - who cares?

Every day I'm sounding more and more like my mom....

12 Responses to “eew moment”

  1. DeniseNTexas Says:

    LOL on the sounding like your mom thing! I can very much relate to that. I find the coffee in the bathroom thing to be ewwww, too. The thought of any food or drink (other than a quick drink of water) in any bathroom is just wrong on so many different levels. Wink I was taught that bathrooms and food/beverages just don't go together. Go figure!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Eww here too. Then, I think how grateful I am to live where...A- tables are still abundant at coffee shops...and B- Stolen coffee isnt a worry yet.

  3. baselle Says:

    Stolen coffee isn't a worry here, particularly. I was trying to put myself in her shoes and come up with some reason. Eh, I'm going to assume its sloth and no memory of a flu pandemic. Smile

  4. Amber Says:

    Way to go on your winnings...eew here too
    LOL I never thought about stolen coffee

  5. scfr Says:

    Yes, it's eeew, but to play devil's advocate, women and especially younger girls have been taught not to leave their drinks unattended (for fear someone might slip something in it). I don't set a drink down and leave it. I would have either gone to the ladies' before ordering my drink, or would have gulped it down to finish it.

  6. baselle Says:

    Wow, hadn't thought of the roofies possibility. Must date me that the worst I thought of was spit. Smile In other words, she would have thought of me as eew or as a daredevil for leaving my coffee unattended.

  7. aevans1206 Says:

    Confession: I drink my coffee in the bathroom while I do my number 2 in the morning. Does that constitute bad? I always thought I was multi-tasking. I'm with scfr. Go potty first, then get coffee Smile Public restrooms are super yucky but so is the thought of a homeless guy stealing coffee (Chicagoans are always wary of things being stolen, no matter what the item).

  8. monkeymama Says:

    I have to admit leaving an unattended drink doesn't sound any more appealing though. If there was a sink to set it on, I'd take it into the bathroom. But it depends on the bathroom. Can't say I'd be keen if it wasn't clean, etc.

  9. Carolina Bound Says:

    I've taken drinks into the bathroom, but would throw it out if I thought it was "compromised" in any way. I don't see anything wrong with setting it on a shelf. Of course if it is a really nasty bathroom, forget it.

  10. princessperky Says:

    I would say eww as well...

  11. gruntina Says:

    One time I actually left my drink on a table to use the restroom and when I just got out of the bathroom door, I actually saw a worker throwing the fresh coffee away thinking it was abandoned. I chalked up as a lesson learned.
    After that experience, I would ask the barista if she/he can just let me leave the coffee at the server until I return from the bathroom break if I cannot use the restroom prior to buying coffee. That way I know there is less chance of someone spitting in it, slipping anything in it, getting stolen, knocked down and spilled(unless you got on the barista nerves).
    I live in the bay area and frequently I see homeless pretending to clean up the outside tables in hope to find cups that still had some coffee left in it. Also being it a multi-cultural society, in general people’s morals and ethnics are diverse.

  12. baselle Says:

    aevans - the things you find out about your fellow bloggers Smile I used to live in Chicago, it took years to trust that minor things could be left unattended. Chicago has better service when you in lines, though. (Lines are usually fast) Seattle fails at that - I'm sure I spent at least 1% of my time in Seattle in a slow line.

    It was a tidy bathroom, but not a lot horizontal space - the top of the toilet and the sink, that's it. Both damp surfaces - bad for paper cups. At least her cup was clear plastic.

    gruntina - not a bad solution. I'll to remember that when I have the need. My coffee urges and bathroom urges are equally powerful.

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