Kiss and tell

From Wicked Thoughts, via SCSU Scholars, comes a story about a private school where senior girls were kissing the restroom mirror after putting on lipstick, leaving prints that had to be cleaned every night. Finally, the principal called the girls to the restroom.

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers, and then there are educators.

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  1. Gotta love it,


  2. Oh Yuck!

  3. This is actually an urban legend, see

    of course, it could still have happened, or the old story may have inspired the current principal.

  4. Something close to this did happen at my daughter’s school (except it involved the boys and the toilets).

    Would have better to have made them clean it up.

  5. It had better be an urban legend. Nothing in the bathroom or anywhere else should be cleaned with water from the toilet. I just read an article today about antibiotic-resistant staph infections putting kids in ICU. Guess where a very common source of staph bacteria is found.

  6. Even if it did happen that does not mean that the janitor actually cleaned the mirrors that way all the time. Just that giving the girls the impression that he did would prevent the unwanted behavior.

  7. I swear Laura, grow up. Who cares if he used to toilt water everyday or not. It’s an effective tool to teach some snotty kids a lesson. Don’t be so touchy feely. BTW, it’s nearly impossible to catch something by sitting no the toilet. Most bacteria and viruses can’t live outside of the body but a few seconds. That goes back to the old urban legend that you can catch an STD by sitting on a toilet seat.

  8. Whit, people pass staph germs by not washing their hands after they flush the toilet. I swear, didn’t you ever watch ER? It has nothing to do with sitting on the seat. And what about the kids who only go to the bathroom to “use it”, not to primp, and who could pick up the germs where the water from the toilet dripped down onto the faucet handles?

  9. In fact those girls have more to fear if he dips his squeegee in the handbasin. Recent research has shown that this is the bacterial hotspot in bathrooms, because it’s where everybody deposits their germs. And everyone then puts their hands in it. The toilet is a haven of hygiene by comparison.

  10. Dave, so that’s where you wash your hands now? I’ll bet you get some strange looks.

  11. Students in biology class at my school recently did a bacteria test. They took swabs from the toilets, handbasins, and their desks. Any guesses on where the most baceria was found… anyone… anyone? Yep, right on their desks.

    Now, I’ll grant that not all bacteria is bad. But to have the highest concentration on a school desk has to be bad news for the nail biters of the student body.

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