Beware of Female Cleaners in Men’s Toilets

October 13, 2013
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If you are a male foreign tourist visiting Thailand, then there is something that you should maybe be aware about. I’m not sure about other countries as I have been living in Thailand for most of my adult life, but here it is a common sight to have female attendants inside the gentleman’s rest rooms. You shouldn’t be alarmed if one of them starts to mop between your legs as you do your business. Or checks your urinal as you go to wash your hands. In some male rest rooms, there also seems to be a room where these female cleaners hang out. Sometimes with the door propped open. I’ve been here so long now that I hardly bat an eyelid. But is this normal back in the West? The sign I spotted below in a hotel washroom seems to suggest otherwise.

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17 Responses to Beware of Female Cleaners in Men’s Toilets

  1. Straps
    October 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Now that is funny, I used to get so freaked out when i see a cleaning lady in the men’s room, now I’m just used to it.

  2. Peter Stroo
    October 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Quite normal in Holland as well. Not sure about other countries, but in Northern Europe no exception I think.

  3. Murray
    October 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I have encountered many times too Is there an etiquette involved here?

  4. Stewart
    October 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Freaked me out when I first arrived. But I am like you, I don’t notice anymore.

  5. Brett
    October 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Not like they just walk up and have a perve at your wares, be thankful for the clean toilets, unlike Australia

  6. OP
    October 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    i live in Qatar and gender separation is very pronounced in ME in general. Signs may be for tourists coming from that culture

  7. Steve
    October 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Exactly the same here in Malaysia. I have only seen female toilet cleaners, never seen any male cleaner.

    • Eddie
      October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Not agree. The toilet cleaner in Malaysia is normally Bangladeshi men. At least that’s what I’ve met every time.

  8. October 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    i think coming across a man taking photos in the toilets is a bit more worrying LOL

    • Richard Barrow
      October 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I was waiting for someone to comment on that. In my defence, I was focusing on the sign as I needed it for our learning Thai website. I didn’t notice the other two.

      • October 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        555 I knew would be waiting for it, that’s why I posted it to save you waiting any longer! 555

  9. Stanley
    October 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Last year I saw the female cleaner hiding hehind the door peeping at the mens’ urinal. I pretend to leave the toilet and return when a man went in and I notice she was there again. When her worker’s room door is slightly open, she can stand behind and get the best perspective. After that I went to the information counter and informed a supervisor. He asked me to bring him to the toilet to show him. I told him that is not necessary as they should have a record who is on duty. Want to know where ? It is Centralworld the level where there have the most dvd shops and the toilet nearest to it.

    • pascal yang
      October 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      She just want to make sure you are pissing into the urinal and not all over the places, like the sides or the floor. People do that you know. Come to malaysia and you smell the urine about a mile down the road. Yes, they piss all over the place in malaysia.
      Don’t flick your dick up and down to get rid of the last dripping, and if she catch you doing that, she will say “look, you got your yellow urine all over the walls”.
      May be she says, “Koay yai yai, ni mai mi (point to the brain). It means big dick, no brain.

  10. Sebb
    August 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    It doesn’t happen in Ireland. In fact it is prohibited.

    Although, if it did happen, I wouldn’t object.

  11. charlie
    December 31, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    i went in tokyo narita airport, a developed country, and very clean country so not surprising to see a bathroom attendant, but usually in usa, they close the bathroom temporarily while they do a quick clean thru, but there business as usual while the lady attendant takes her sweet time cleaning thoroughly. i could care less if an old lady or a guy checked out my junk while doing my business, though ew, but there was a cute young female, and the fact that she was walking around me cleaning up, turned me on, perv that i am, so i got a bit aroused, and she saw my goods in all its glory haha, needless to say, she had to take a long pause to take it all in, pun intended, its what cheesy porno plots are made of….what can i say, lived a little fantasy there.

  12. charlie
    December 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    another interesting bathroom note, in japan, i saw a public restroom with a urinal right by the busy street doorway, so anyone walking by outside could totally see your stuff while you pee. yikes! an exhibitionist wet dream…not for me though, since i would have had the inlaws waiting outside or friends of the family, so i waited for a more private bathroom…lol

  13. Harry Joyce
    July 19, 2016 at 6:32 am

    It’s quite inappropriate to employ women to work in men’s toilets, as happens in France and Italy. Women would not tolerate having to urinate with s strange man watching them so why should men have to? I find this very weird, sexist and unacceptable. Its another case of men being expected to tolerate something that women would never put up with

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