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October 20, 2006 12:23 AM

Broken: Hand soap dispenser location

HandsoapRobert Hoekman points out:

This hand soap dispenser was foolishly placed on the back side of a restroom door.

So the workflow, for some unlucky winners, is something like:

1) Use restroom.

2) Dispense soap onto hands.

3) Get injured as someone walks in and flings the door into your head.

Of course, you never know when it will happen, so you just have to hope luck is on your side.


1. No comment

2. It's not soap, more like hand sanitizer, the 'no water needed' stuff.

4. Don't restrooms have locks?

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at October 20, 2006 03:18 AM

Yeah, thats definitely hand sanitizer, not soap. We have one of those dispensers where I work, but its not in the bathroom. Still silly that its on the back of the door.

Posted by: Haggai at October 20, 2006 10:14 AM

I'm not sure if this is broken or not.

It's nonstandard -- people expect to wash their hands with soap and water, and then dry them. But then unless the bathroom is set up very well, you have to use your bare, clean hand on the probably not-so-clean bathroom door handle to get out.

With a thing of Purell right at the door, you open the door *first*, squirt your hand, and rub them together to clean and dry them as you exit.

Maybe the Purell should be on the other side of the door frame, but having it accessible after you've touched the door handle makes sense even if it takes getting used to.

Posted by: rich at October 20, 2006 03:05 PM

Welcome to This is broken: where Obsessive Compulsive people can fight about trivial things. Honestly though, who's idea was it to put this on the back of the door?

Posted by: Cameron at October 20, 2006 05:06 PM

"With a thing of Purell right at the door, you open the door *first*, squirt your hand, and rub them together to clean and dry them as you exit."

That's brilliant! (I mean, the positioning is still dumb, but...) I've never understood the coutner-productive process of

- using a public bathroom

- washing your hands squeaky clean

- then ensuring the very last thing you do before leaving is having to handle the filthy doorknob!

But put a thingy of hand sanitizer next to the door and that solves the whole sanitization paradox!

Posted by: DavesBrain at October 20, 2006 06:31 PM

"4. Don't restrooms have locks?"

Not most business restrooms on their entry door which looks like what this is.. and note the round handle.. unless it's 1 of those old push in handle and twist to lock doorknobs it doesnt have a lock on it..

Posted by: Infinity306 at October 21, 2006 12:05 PM

although thats not a bad place for hand sanitizer.. I think you are getting it's purpose wrong with saying it's broken.. it is probaly there so that you can use it after using the doorknob and door to COME in to the restroom, and then sanitizing your hands on the way to the Bio Facilites

Posted by: Infinity306 at October 21, 2006 12:08 PM

#1 purel makes soap also

#2 there are *many* ways of not touching the feces laden doorknob in a restroom, on your way out. Getting a head injury is not one of them

Posted by: stose at October 22, 2006 07:14 PM

EWWWWW....XP good point stose!

Posted by: st33med at October 30, 2006 08:29 PM

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