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You know that feeling of watching an older person try to use an automated checkout at the drugstore or grocery store. You are filled with compassion, pity and impatient rage because you just want to pay for your stuff and leave.

Or watching one of your parents try to send their first text on their first smart phone.

Yeah. Well, that’s me. When I use the sink at a public bathroom.

sink photoWhen did a faucet that one could manually turn on and off go out of style? Now it’s all sensors that apparently require some special agent hand movement to operate.

What can I do to reverse this disturbing trend? I will put up with futons, wall to wall shag carpet and linoleum floors, if I can please go back to the good ole days when I could turn on a faucet outside of my home.

I get the, “Let’s save water and save the planet” thing and for some unknown reason people tend to leave the water running in public bathrooms.

I guess for the same reason they can’t seem to flush the toilet or wipe their pee from the seat. There just seems to be a natural inclination for all of us to become total pigs when we know we won’t be held accountable and some other poor sap is doing the clean up.

So I was all on board when we simple pushed a button and the water ran for a limited amount of time and then automatically turned off. But now I CAN’T GET THE WATER ON.

There I am with a handful of soap and no damn water. I see the sensor. I wave my hands in front of it. I pretend to wash my hands. I do strange shadow puppets. I try a little Miss Mary Mack. Anything to spark that bad boy into giving me a few drops of H2O.

And way too many times, I am forced to actually wipe the soap off my hands with a paper towel. If there is a paper towel. Sometimes it’s just one of those high speed dryers that are so loud I feel like I am being launched into space. (I want to preserve the environment but do we have to do it at such a high volume?)

I know these water faucet sensors are battery operated so perhaps their batteries go dead and then before they are replaced, there is a lag time. A lag time where I apparently use the restroom a lot.

I am convinced that the young set just waltzes in to the bathroom, washes their hands with no problem and jets out. Leaving me there, waving and muttering madly at a faucet that just never delivers.

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11 Responses to remember when you could actually turn on a faucet?

  • mary clare says:

    Often I am bent over the sink trying to help a soapy kid to wash her hands and madly flailing around to turn on the faucet! My back aches just thinking about it.

  • ErinB says:

    how about the scary ass toilets that flush before have even stood up! talk about a heart stopper! (ugh. I am old)

  • Judy says:

    Yes, I have found myself going from sink to sink to find one that works… didn’t know it was because of dead batteries. Honestly!

  • We had this new paper towel dispenser installed at the office. I bobbed and weaved and waved and eventually dried my hands only pants (gasp) and asked the secretary who was involved in the installation how the hell I now dry my hands without a real towel… she marched into the bathroom and planted her palm firmly on the thing that flashed SENSOR in green and out spat the paper!!! Really??

  • alexandra says:

    It’s so embarrassing to have to sit and wait all soapy handed until a young person comes in to magically do that wave thing. It always seems to work for anyone with young hands.

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