A Poop Shelf?
As a someone who spends a decent amount of time using a toilet because, well, everyone does, and also because I suffer from IBS, I was a little concerned about traveling abroad. I know that different kinds of foods can upset my stomach; also I had heard stories about communal bathrooms for both men and women. Now imagine my shock when I did arrive in Germany and the worse thing is the toilet.
I swear I have never seen anything like it before. It's fascinating. Instead of the toilet's having the usual water-filled basin, there is a shelf. No water -- just plastic. (As a matter of fact the whole bathroom is plastic; it's like something out of a plane.) Either way, this is the worst design ever for a toilet.
Normally I am worried about the bathroom smelling after taking a dump. Well, let me tell you about the poop on the shelf: There's no covering it up. It just sits there, exposed to the air. Sometimes it doesn't even move when I flush, and instead it gets stuck on this shelf. I have to take my toilet bowl cleaner and push it down the little tubular hole in the front. Not only is this procedure annoying, its mildly disturbing at times as well. I don't understand. Does this toilet shape help sanitation or water usages? Because I think that I use more water to try and make my beached poops move. Plus it seems very unsanitary for them to sit there.
Why? I thought Germans were all about efficiency. What possessed them to design such a toilet? I am here for another seven months, so I hope I can become accustomed to it; but for now I think this is the oddest and most peculiar toilet I have ever used.