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Is it true that Canadians converse between public restroom stalls???

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May 17, 2022 - 8:54:25 PM
304 posts since 2/11/2019

May 17, 2022 - 9:10:30 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

64306 posts since 10/5/2013

Only if it’s about hockey, poutine, or maple syrup….. laugh

May 17, 2022 - 9:26:58 PM

Owen

Canada

11221 posts since 6/5/2011

Typically, no..... once in a while, yes.   To some degree it depends on how many are in the room or at the urinals.... a general comment/observation to everybody-and-nobody in a room with several people would be made more often than talking to the adjacent guy.  And now you know!! 

Edit: I assume the dude in the video used a v-e-r-y loose interpretation of "stall"  [or was/is "full of it."]  ... ^^ applies where there is no dividing wall or partition or actual "stall" ... if there is it occurs even even less frequently.  And now you really know!!

Edited by - Owen on 05/17/2022 21:34:24

May 17, 2022 - 11:24:14 PM
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csrat

USA

1112 posts since 9/14/2008

I'm quite sure it's not true!

Certainly, a group of men in the lavatory would not discuss such a thing as, "poutine". It's just rude and out of the bounds of social convention. A true gentleman would find a discussion of any "poutine" to be inappropriate in any venue! I honestly don't understand how such rumors get started! Why back in my day, ... yes? What's that? French Fries? Really? Gravy and cheese curds? Oh, ok then ...

Never mind.

May 18, 2022 - 4:54:42 AM
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heavy5

USA

2281 posts since 11/3/2016

Only if the stall is out of toilet paper & the occupant is looking for change for a $5 .

May 18, 2022 - 6:15:05 AM

304 posts since 2/11/2019

I do remember being at a high school football game one time and I went in to pee and there were 2 stalls and a half dozen urinals. Two guys in the stalls having a very lively conversation and there rest of us were just cracking up. But that is literally the only time in my 53 years I've encountered this.

May 18, 2022 - 10:28:27 AM
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donc

Canada

6926 posts since 2/9/2010

As a born Canadian with almost 75 years in Vancouver my answer is yes or no. If you are downtown you are aware that the crowd is full of weirdos ,crackheads , and hustlers so any loose conversation could be regretted. Half of the people in town are clumsy with the English language so I would have a problem understanding them. I don't converse between toilet stalls but I'm not adverse to a comment or two at the trough. That guy couldn't understand how she knew he was American. As soon as he says one sentence you know he is American. He has to be either American or a visitor from Africa. Montreal and Halifax do have a large black population but they are a long way from here. Believe it or not black men in Vancouver are somewhat of a novelty. The young women probably liked what she saw. Crusty old white men never get that sort of welcome [trust me!].

May 18, 2022 - 6:10:41 PM

Paul R

Canada

15861 posts since 1/28/2010

No conversation, but the best graffiti I ever saw was on the wall of a washroom stall in the Toronto Eaton Centre. Someone had written, "The South gonna do it again." Underneath that, someone else wrote, "What, lose?"

Schadenfreude. Well, it would be, but the writer of the original screed probably didn't see the rejoinder.

May 18, 2022 - 8:17:59 PM

Buddur

USA

3226 posts since 10/23/2004

I wouldn't trust anyone who would talk to someone else while doing their business.

Between stalls...OR on the phone.

May 18, 2022 - 11:42:58 PM
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m06

England

11186 posts since 10/5/2006

I have no comment on the subject...just marvelling that the lyrics to the song 'Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?' sprang straight to mind.

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May 19, 2022 - 3:28:34 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6846 posts since 2/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

No conversation, but the best graffiti I ever saw was on the wall of a washroom stall in the Toronto Eaton Centre. Someone had written, "The South gonna do it again." Underneath that, someone else wrote, "What, lose?"

Schadenfreude. Well, it would be, but the writer of the original screed probably didn't see the rejoinder.


In the late sixties I worked in the chem lab at Stelco in Hamilton.  The washroom stalls were categorized for graffiti and one had cartoons, one had dirty jokes, one had philosophy, one had poetry. . .  These became wonderful collections and all of the employees were very careful to put their graffiti in the proper stall.
One day we came in and found that the cleaners had removed all of the graffiti from all of the stalls.
The next day I saw, written about eye level on the back wall of one of the stalls, over top of one of the toilets, in very neat handwriting, a message that said something like "Frig off Cleaning Ladies!"
This remains my favourite graffiti.

Edited by - Jim Yates on 05/19/2022 03:29:41

May 20, 2022 - 10:47:33 AM

Jim Yates

Canada

6846 posts since 2/21/2007

Back to the initial question. I am a Canuck and have never initiated a conversation (and can't imagine ever doing so) with someone in an adjacent washroom stall. I have also never had someone in and adjacent stall initiate a conversation with me.

At a Boy Scout Jamboree near Colorado Springs in 1960, the crappers were 4 or 5 holers with no partitions and in that case there were conversations with the other people/person relieving themselves.

May 20, 2022 - 12:21:32 PM

Owen

Canada

11221 posts since 6/5/2011

Jim, does that ^^ mindset extend to elevators and store queues?   

At our yocal grocery store  the other day as I was stepping up to the conveyor a guy who I figured was 13ish [acompanying his mom?] was doing a check to see which cashier he/they should use, I quipped: "You'll get it wrong more than 50% of the time."   As I followed them out, I added: "Shows you how much I know!"    While no conversation ensued, the kid did kinda gave what I took as a smile of "satisfaction."

Fwiw, I occasionally make observations (?) about the decidedly glum looks on peoples' faces as they line up to hand their money over during our "festive" season(s). Mostly people don't respond, but I figure if the shoe was on the other foot I could come up with something not totally depressing.

Would you remain silent if, when using a cubicle, from next door came an appropriately timed: "Not bad for a 1/2" woofer / tweeter."?   I haven't had the opportunity [yet] ... but, like a good scout, I'm prepared: "Well, I get lots of practise."

Edited by - Owen on 05/20/2022 12:24:35

May 21, 2022 - 5:20:07 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6846 posts since 2/21/2007

Owen, conversations in elevators or store queues are not uncommon nor uncomfortable. I can recall in my high school days, we would often step on an elevator and not turn around to face the door, just to see the reaction on the other folks' faces. I haven't done that in over 50 years.

May 21, 2022 - 5:48:41 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

I used to work with a guy who loved to mess with people and if he was in a toilet stall, and someone entered the one next to him, he would stick his hand under the partition and introduce him self and offer his hand to shake. He was a nut though.

May 22, 2022 - 6:42 PM

donc

Canada

6926 posts since 2/9/2010

In my working days downtown I would often visit the Bentall Centre. It was 3 office towers with about 30 stories each. The security manager was a middle aged Scottish lady who lived a couple of blocks from here. We know her from a local church group. One day during one of my company visits she was quite upset as she explained a couple of investigations that day. A small group of men were spending their idle time around a restroom. One of the tenants reported a 2 inch hole crudely bored between two toilet cubicles. I don't know if cameras were involved but there was enough evidence to ruin that day for a few men who had just become  recent employees or renters in the building.

Edited by - donc on 05/22/2022 18:49:02

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