Restroom Anxiety

“Okay, okay,” Daniel said, “I admit that I have this idiosyncrasy about using a public restroom to take a dump. Before I go in to do my business, I have to make sure that the restroom is unoccupied. Only then will I feel okay about using it.”

Todd was having a hard time controlling his laughter. “Seriously?” he asked. “How did this phobia come about?”

“It started in high school,” Daniel explained. “I was having a bad case of diarrhea and ran into the boys’ room just in time to let it rip. It was really loud and unbelievably stinky. Unfortunately there were a few of my classmates in the boys’ room at the time and they heard and smelled it all. From that point forward through high school I was called ‘Stinky Blowhard.’ So the lesson I learned that day was to never take a dump with witnesses present.”

“And even though you’ve been out of high school for 20 years, you’re still upset by that?” Todd asked.

“Yeah,” Daniel said. “So bear with me and stand guard outside the door. If you encounter anyone who wants to use the restroom, tell them it’s out of order.”

Todd shook his head. “Whatever. Just be quick about it.


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (idiosyncrasy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (unoccupied), Word of the Day Challenge (laughter), The Daily Spur (lesson), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (encounter).

12 thoughts on “Restroom Anxiety

  1. newepicauthor September 6, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    My dad used the restroom at a company party one night and after he was done this guy came in while he was washing his hands. My dad thought it was funny when the guy said, “It smells like dead rats in here” and he knew the smell came from him.

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  2. leigha66 September 13, 2020 / 1:55 am

    I definitely prefer not to use a public bathroom, but if you’ve got to go, you go where you can.

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