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Fittingly Mad: Don’t Drip on Me

The other day, I was waiting my turn for counter help at a fabric store (getting some detailing for Halloween costumes). I was behind an older gentleman, and I had to stand there and watch his nose drip directly onto the counter. And not just once, mind you. I was a little stunned he just let it drip out and onto a public surface. He made no attempt to wipe his nose. He pulled out no tissues. I am teaching my little girls these hygiene habits, and I thought a man 20 years my senior would have these healthy habits down.

The woman behind the counter did not offer him a tissue either; but when he walked away, she did produce a spray bottle and wiped the counter down. We were both annoyed by the drips, but why did it get to this place anyway. If you have a cold accompanied by a drippy nose you should carry some tissues so you can wipe your nose on a regular basis. Of course, after wiping or blowing your nose you should wash your hands, but most importantly don’t drip on me!

I would love to see tissues on every counter. Until then I will be keeping them in my own pocket! Along with some hand sanitizer, since I know I am a serious germaphobe, but I find it pays to stay vigilant to stay healthy!


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nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Ewwww. Some people just don't seem to be aware of others around them. My big thing is people that spit in public. Please keep your bodily fluids to yourself!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
While gross I can't help but think that there is more to why he was not wiping his nose as others have mentioned above. As you age a lot of changes occur with your body that your not even aware of such as losing your sense of smell/taste. As a mother you should be teaching your children to be accepting of others even those that are mentally ill or aging.
emily-violet emily-violet 9 years
omg old people are so gross lol Shut up. My (late) aunt took medication that kept her alive but unfortunately made her nose drip. Big deal. Lets see how well your bodies function in 60 years. Then you can call yourselves disgusting and giggle with your internet girlfriends.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ew that is pretty gross... He just didn't care....ewww...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
What a disgusting and ignorant thing to do. He doesn't deserve a pass because he's older at all. If anything he's lived enough years to know better! Public health is an issue I do not take lightly, and if I'm being harsh, then so be it.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
if he was really old he might not have seen or felt that his nose was dripping. maybe you should have told him, a lot of elderly people do not realise (because the body does not react the same way it used to) that something is wrong and a lot of them will be greatful after one tells them and helps them. of course there might be just a**holes, that enjoy infecting other people. i know a few cases, when people take pleasure in doing that. and some are just slops. oh well. do not be fast to judge :)
MNGRL32 MNGRL32 9 years
Yes that is gross, but to get so upset over? Really? I mean who knows if this man has a mental disorder of some sort. I actually feel empathetic towards the man. People are so quick to get mad about anything. And you know what? Germs are everywhere no matter what, so to the germophobes- yea, wash your hands and so on. Life goes on.
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
It's kinda sad. He probably didn't even realize it. :(
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ew, that is so gross. Another gross thing that makes me angry is when people blow their nose onto the ground ("farmer blow"). It's so disgusting and it transmits diseases. This is why washing your hands often is a REALLY good idea.
pintsized pintsized 9 years
Wow, maybe he was..senile or something? I dunno, thats kinda sad..mostly gross though.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
So disgusting. Ewww Ewwww EEEEEWWWWWWWW. Glad to know I'm not the only germaphobe
judylai81 judylai81 9 years
Wow! That is a really disgusting story. LOL!
marygrace marygrace 9 years
that is REALLY gross, not to mention weird. i'm sure the person working there wanted to say something to the man, but probably had no idea how to approach the subject since it was so ridiculous. maybe this is a longshot, but do you think the man could possibly have not realized his nose was doing that?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
That is SOOOOOOOOOOOO disgusting!!
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