!0 Minutes to Spend a Penny

by duncanr

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The toilet break at work is a long-standing custom in the UK. Go into any toilet in the workplace (I can only speak for the Gents here) and while you’re standing having a piss, behind the closed doors of the cubicles you will hear the rustle of a newspaper page being turned and/or the voice of someone having a conversation on their cell-phone.

The ‘toilet break’, however, is under threat now.

Hidden sensors have been installed in Government offices in Birmingham which turn the lights off 10 minutes after a person enters.

The stated objective is to save money by cutting energy costs – the suspicion is that the real purpose is to limit the time people spend in the loo.

The workers are not happy – 10 minutes is no time at all to have a poo and complete the Times Crossword puzzle !!!

They may be able to enlist Health & Safety on their side though. As one worker said –

”Can you imagine the indignity of being in a cubicle, letting nature take its course, when suddenly the lights go out, and you have to fumble in the dark to make yourself decent, before struggling to make your way out towards the main door to the toilets where the switch is? All the while you are praying someone doesn’t enter the toilets and see you struggling in the dark with your trousers round your ankles. This is an undignified and unsafe practice

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5 Comments to “!0 Minutes to Spend a Penny”

  1. Shouldn’t that be ‘a long-sitting custom’?


  2. “Here I sit, broken-hearted…

    …paid a penny, and only farted”.


  3. Great…of all my work, the one that gets traction on other sites is an image of me with my head in my crotch.


  4. OH GREAT! Someone used the loo at work here (two doors down from my office) and didn’t use the air freshner ….. I think I’m going to contact Health & Safety … this is definitely dangerous for my health ….


  5. 10 mins is sufficient time to do whatever you guys do in there. now women on the other hand should be allowed at least 30 mins and a lounge.


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