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Houston-Bound Travelers Fail To Wash Hands After Using Restroom At O’Hare Airport In Chicago

Travelers headed to Houston,Texas used a men’s room at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and then failed to wash their hands. This took place on the afternoon of February 19, 2007. I saw it happen. 

These people used the restroom, walked right past the sinks in the restroom, and then boarded a Houston-bound airplane.

It’s possible that some Houston passengers were concerned that the airplane would not be icky and germy enough without their help.

Some of these people may be walking the streets of Houston right now. Others have made their connections and are spreading Chicago toilet germs all over the Earth.

O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airports. One can only guess how many people use the restrooms.

My friend Shannon in Colorado has told me that “hands are made for hugging.” I’ve countered her claim with the statement that “hands are made for washing.”

Please wash your hands.  


February 20, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Please Wash Your Hands


  1. Tell ya what. Those of us who are okay with the idea that the real world is a dangerous, impersonal, and ultimately fatal place to live, we’ll go out and actually do stuff.
    Those of you who are so terrified of Da Gurmz!!!11!1! can stay home and cower inside your plastic bubbles.
    You will get sick from germs passed to you by someone else. You will eventually die. You can not stop this. Quit trying to make it seem like it’s somehow avoidable.

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  2. How do you get from a failure to do something as simple washing your hands to the idea of people living in a bubble or feeling that they can somehow avoid death? All I’m talking about here is hand washing. How hard is that?

    Comment by neilaquino | February 20, 2007

  3. Because I can think of a bunch of reasons not to wash one’s hands. From ‘I don’t feel like it’, to ‘I don’t have time’, to ‘germs are an evolutionist plot and don’t really exist.’ No matter what the reason, you can’t force people to wash their hands, no matter how good an idea it is. So deal with that fact and quit letting it bother you. Much less actually taking the time to complain on the internet. Or take your own precautions against Da Gurmz. It’s not my responsibility to make sure you don’t get sick, or aren’t offended by my unclean ways.

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  4. I think the above reply speaks for itself.

    Comment by neilaquino | February 20, 2007

  5. What? That it’s not hard to wash your hands? Sure, assuming you have time, and care about hand cleanliness in the first place. Otherwise it’s orders of magnitude easier not to wash them.
    I’m just not afraid of pee or poo in small amounts. Mine, yours or the fly’s that just landed on my sandwich. It doesn’t bother me, so it shouldn’t bother you. The reverse seems to be the core of your argument. Namely that because you do care about hand cleanliness that everyone should. And should feel like a bad person if they don’t.
    I just disagree with that idea.

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  6. Your reply has inspired me to write a poem–

    I’m not afraid of pee or poo
    I got some on me and I’ll spread it to you
    I’m not going to wash my hands in the sink
    And then I’ll shake your hands no matter what you think

    Comment by neilaquino | February 20, 2007

  7. *nods* Right. Glad you understand.
    It’s your choice to shake my hand. Adopt the bow as a polite form of greeting. Do something yourself. Wear plastic gloves. Be a role model for hand washers everywhere. Set up a foundation to increase handwashing education and awareness.
    But don’t try to make me feel bad that I didn’t wash my hands. I have much better things to feel bad about.

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  8. Yes…It’s okay to spread illness but please don’t make me feel bad about it.

    Comment by neilaquino | February 20, 2007

  9. C’mon Anon, you’re on a slippery slope… when you go out to eat, is it ok to demand that the people who prepare your food wash their hands after defecating?

    Comment by Laz | February 20, 2007

  10. Sorry I saw this after my previous comment:


    Several people were exposed to HepA after a waiter at Pappasito’s didn’t wash his/her hands. Anon is that OK? Should this individual not be held accountable?

    Comment by Laz | February 20, 2007

  11. My point is there is little you can do to ensure your food, or any other thing that you touch, isn’t covered with horrible germs and the like. I’ve already given examples of things you can do to make yourself feel better about us careless louts being out there in the world.
    Is it okay that people spread disease? In a word, yes. Meaning that it’s inevitable, no matter what you do or precautions you take. You’re gonna get sick multiple times in your life.
    One of the times just might be fatal. But the chances of getting that fatal illness from someone who didn’t wash their hands is about as likely as it is of you contracting that disease from an inanimate object on the street that hasn’t been touched by humans in a decade, that you just happened to brush up against. Which is just as likely as practically every other manner in which you contract an illness. If everyone in the world decided to wash up every time they went to the bathroom, you’d still get sick from the guy who spent all morning tending his sick 2 year old and never thought to wash then.
    My very first point is that if you’re going to live in the outside world, you need to understand that it’s a dirty, filthy place. And that germs and bacteria are wonderfully evolved to continue breeding more of themselves in spite of anything we do. And that we are wonderfully evolved to counter the majority of these germs already. And that death is what will happen to us all, whether we like it or not.

    Now, if the real issue is that it makes you feel ‘icky’ to have trace amounts of someone’s poo on you, then I’ll say what I do to people who don’t like handling meat, or separating raw eggs with your hands: Take a shower and get over it. It won’t hurt you.

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  12. One last thing, should that guy who gave people HepA be held accountable? Well, if he did it intentionally, maliciously, then yes, he should be charged with some sort of assault/manslaughter depending on the outcome. If he was ignorant of having it, then no. HepA’s strategy for survival won out once again, as it has for countless millenia. If the restaurant was employing him in spite of the knowledge that he has HepA, then they should be culpable.
    But you can’t stop yourself from contacting germs. Without the plastic bubble of course…

    Comment by Anon | February 20, 2007

  13. I never thought hand washing would provoke so many comments.

    Comment by neilaquino | February 20, 2007

  14. I’ll bet anon would have been very happy with the sanitary conditions in the Middle Ages.

    Comment by Myron | February 21, 2007

  15. Just wanted to take a second to comment on what has to be the stupidest thread ever. ‘Cause, you know, I’m funny that way.

    First off, I’ve decided that people who use the phrase “orders of magnitude” to talk about trivial topics are compensating for something, and that something is probably a tiny, tiny penis. As in, “the average penis is orders of magnitude larger than your.”

    Second, I’m writing this on the can. So ha!

    Anon, seriously. Get a life, dude.


    Comment by systemsboy | February 21, 2007

  16. Myron–Thanks for reading the blog and leaving the comment. Good to agree with you.

    Comment by neilaquino | February 21, 2007

  17. what I touch in ohare airport is cleaner than anything I can touch in the mens room. handwashing is good in general but it depends on where you are.

    Comment by bill brady | March 4, 2007

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