Monday, November 07, 2005

This country blows

I wish to rant about the air-blower-hand-dryer-things that cheap establishments have instead of paper towels. They're loud & annoying, they dont' work unless you have a lot of time to invest in the hand-drying process, and you have to wait in line to use them one at a time. But other than that, they're great.

They used to have the nerve to put a little placard on the machines -- you know, telling how this method is more sanitary, eliminates towel waste, blah blah blah. My favorite complete and utter lie was that the air method "reduces chapping". What are they smoking? In the book Hand Chapping for Dummies, wetting your hands and blow drying them would be at the beginning of Chapter One.

The bottom line is they're cheap to operate -- you don't have to buy paper towels or pay someone to stock them. THAT'S why people put them in, not because they're more convenient for the poor sucker washing his hands. I feel cranky when someone tries to tell me "This is better for you, you like it" when in reality they're the ones getting the benefit.

Anyway, I'd like to have a chat with the guy who invented those things. For starters, I'd pull his jersey up over his head...


At Tue Nov 08, 12:02:00 AM PST, Blogger jay are said...

well, you're saving all the trees you know....except when, in utter frustration and disgust, you go and grab a seat protector and just use that as a paper towel, thus bypassing the whole ineffective hand dryer. By the looks of all the seat sheets I've seen in the garbage can before, I imagine the savings they make on paper towels is getting diverted directly into more seat protectors. I wonder if they've figured that out yet.

At Tue Nov 08, 11:33:00 AM PST, Blogger unca said...

I don't even think your saving trees or at least conserving energy. That heat for the hand dryer has to come from somewhere. It's also been shown that the dryers are less sanitary than paper towels since they blow the putrid air around the rest room. As for the little instructions they give you, it's common to see someone pencil another one in as the last step: "wipe hands on pants." -- says it all.


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