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The Courtesy Flush

I was in the bathroom yesterday and the man in the stall next to me flushed the toilet 4 times in the span of only about 3 minutes while he was still sitting down. My intuition told me that he was doing the “Courtesy Flush” in order to attempt to eradicate the foul smell spewing from his toilet.

Wikipedia defines the Courtesy flush as “Frequently, in public bathrooms in the United States and other countries, in deference to others using the bathroom, toilet users who have defecated may perform what is known as a courtesy flush, despite the fact that they have not yet finished sanitizing themselves with toilet paper, merely so that the exposure of others to the smell of feces is minimized.”

I’ve never been a fan of the courtesy flush. In my limited experience with toilets flushing while I’m sitting down (thanks to the automatic flush), I have been deterred from attempting the “Courtesy Flush”, due to the awkward feeling of having dirty water splashing on my bare skin.

Any thoughts on the courtesy flush? Do all toilets spray dirty toilet water on your behind? Is it worth it anyway? Does it help that much?