September 26, 2006
I don’t think it’s acceptable for people to make noises while they’re doing their business in a bathroom stall. I’m not talking about farting and splashing and semi-unavoidable noises like that (although those are also highly discouraged). I’m talking about grunting, heavy breathing, and whispering. I just got back from the bathroom, and some guy was in a stall making noises suggesting that he was giving birth. Like Tom Arnold says in Austin Powers, “You’re gonna blow out your O-ring.” Don’t push so hard. And even if you do push hard, try not to make it so painfully obvious. Try to maintain some level of decency.
I mentioned whispering in a stall. Maybe this is only something that weird or freaky people do, but I’ve definitely heard people whisper while in the stall. I don’t know if they’re coaching themselves or thinking about something work-related. Either way, whispering shouldn’t be a noise heard behind the stall door.