Adventures in a black maple box

Life has just gotten a little more interesting...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Like, what comes after lather?

A paper was posted on the wall in a washroom. It was a six-step instruction guide, complete with pictures, on how to wash your hands.

Step 1: Turn on tap.
Step 2: Wet hands.
Step 3: Apply soap.
Step 4: Lather.
Step 5: Rinse hands.
Step 6: Air dry.

Now I must ask you the question. In what kind of building was this sign posted?

a) an elementary school
b) a psychiatric hospital
c) a prison
d) a university science building

If you answered "D", you should let me in on something, because the last time I checked, if you're in university you should have already aquired the basic skills of hand-washing in one of your previous 14-15 years of school.

I was stunned to walk into a washroom on campus and see this "Hand washing procedures" poster on the wall. Here I was, in a building swarming with students studing for their exams that would bring them one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of becoming doctors, dentists, engineers, and researchers among other professions, and the washroom they use had to post a sign on how to wash your hands in a picture-book style way. I literally stopped and stared at it for a few moments, dumbfounded to be honest.

Suddenly my degree doesn't seem so special anymore... Ho hum.


  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Laura Coubrough said…

    We have those at work too. Rather insulting if you ask me, but at the same time there are way too many people that don't wash their hands and perhaps someone thought they just didn't know how...

  • At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Dave said…

    Now what they really need is instructions telling people how to use the toilet. The waste goes IN the bowl, people!



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