WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES!
I admit it – I am a clean freak. I’m not Felix Unger freakish, but I love clean things, especially clean public restrooms. What I encountered at a Cerritos College Learning Center restroom was an offense to my senses, and plain old common sense. I was so physically disgusted that I loudly remarked to anyone within earshot, “Really? Do people do this at home?!”
I have been at Cerritos College since January and I am impressed with the cleanliness of the entire campus, especially the restrooms. When I saw two stuffed toilets, Starbucks cups, trash, and toilet tissue on the floor, I was shocked. However, when I closed the door of the lone, semi clean stall, I knew strangers had been in our house. The back of the normally clean door was covered with a juvenile missive in bright red ink, complete with graphic.
The amount of spent hand towel paper on the floor usually tends to increase at noon, causing me to wonder why people cannot pick up what they just dropped. I also wonder what the heck their house looks like. I have adjusted to this, but when I saw the other, I went looking for a possible source of the interlopers who trashed our territory.
I didn’t have to look far. Opposite the restroom is the first floor Teleconference Center. On the glass door was a sign: New Student Orientation – Here. A young female student helping facilitate the event informed me that there were high school students on campus. I told her that I suspected they had trashed the restroom and escorted her across the hallway to show her why my knickers were in such a twist. She was visibly disgusted. With a grimace on her face and intent in her walk, the young woman stomped down the hallway in search of a facilities person to help restore normalcy to our world.
I walked home that afternoon trusting that someone would give those high school animals a good talking to about respecting the property of others, and behaving like ladies at all times, in all places. My work there was done.
A picture is worth a thousand words so here are a few thousand words more.