I had debated for quite some time whether I should put this up on my site or not. I like to keep it light and airy in these parts — you know, the whole humour thing and all.
When I first glimpsed at this sign, I thought – that’s hysterical. I mean, how funny that some people need a diagram to tell them how to use a toilet.
I took this in the men’s room at a pool hall in Manado, Indonesia.
But after taking a closer look, there’s nothing funny about this sign at all.
The series of graphic photos at the bottom made me kind of sick that I had even chuckled at it in the first place.
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The plain truth is, many folks in Asia who are used to squat toilets are unsure of how to navigate a Western toilet.
And before you judge, think about the first time you were confronted with a bidet. Or a Japanese-style toilet. Or even a squat toilet.
Thankfully, for most westerners, even the worst outcome is comical – a wet foot, soaked trousers, or water (or some other liquid) in places it shouldn’t be.
Not so in this case. As the photos illustrate — the result can be catastrophic.