—Waiting for the Can
Dear Waiting,How would you approach this with your manager? "Sue, I believe Dick starts his day with a bowel movement at the office. Could you please tell him to coordinate his bodily functions better so we don't have to cover for him for the first 10 minutes of work?" Maybe you could talk to Dick and tell him that if he's going to be doing something beside No. 1, he should announce it so the rest of you can plan your morning accordingly. Or maybe Dick is in the bathroom checking his insulin, maybe he has irritable bowel syndrome, or maybe it's hard to imagine that there is anything more inappropriate for you to say anything to anyone about.
The full column: http://www.slate.com/id/2167794/
I wrote Prudence and thanked her for recognizing that there were people with IBS in the world and that they need to go to the bathroom when they need to go to the bathroom, and that most of us are already embarrassed about going #2 in public, and to be called out for it, as this woman wanted to do, would be the ultimate in humiliation, and that people have quit their jobs for being so harrassed.