Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Lip Service

Still busy, and uninspired at the moment, so hope you enjoy another office email. I did.

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington recently was faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the girls' lavatories. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the caretaker would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.

Several memos were posted about this. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the toilets and met them there with the caretaker.

She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the man who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the caretaker to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee,dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers, and then there are educators....

21 comments:

softinthehead said...

Yuk!!

GoneBackSouth said...

Fantastic. Education is a wonderful thing. Hope they didn't discover eyeliner next.

p.s. Hello again! GBS.

Swearing Mother said...

Hi SITH: That'll teach 'em.

GBS - YOU'RE BACK! Looking forward to reading you again.

Frog in the Field said...

Bloody brilliant, very, very good.
You know I must tell my cleaner how to get that really good shine on the glass.

OvaGirl said...

Excellent.

Maggie May said...

Yuk! I wonder what Health & Safety would say!

CalumCarr said...

Why am I not surprised that YOU have posted this story?

Why am I not surprised that I think it's brilliant?

aims said...

This gave me a great laugh this morning! Thank for that - I needed it!!

Swearing Mother said...

Hi Frog, you think your cleaner doesn't already know about the cleaning powers of water from the loo? And guess what she uses to wipe over your work surfaces. Ha!

Hi Ovagirl, thanks for visiting!

Maggie May, would love to know.

Hello Callum, guess we share a wicked sense of humour. :o)

Glad you liked it Aims.

Lil Jimmy said...

That's a classic.

Grit said...

after spending years in education i can say this technique only safely works with teenagers and above. using the toilet as a water supply does not offend toddlers and small children. if they see you even go near the toilet with a brush or any intent to submerge any part of any tool therein, they get out their sindy dolls and action men and make them go swimming.

Colin Campbell said...

Excellent. I will try this on my kids someday.

Swearing Mother said...

Oh, Lil Jimmy, you look just like a good friend of mine.... he's called James too.

Hi Grit, that is so true!

Hello Colin, make sure it doesn't backfire on you though.

Manic Mother Of Five said...

Inspired!

Swearing Mother said...

Hi MMOF, bet that wouldn't put your boys off! If I remember rightly boys love anything to do with things that go "YUK"!

Frog in the Field said...

Er..are you suggesting that MMOF's boys hang out pouting with lipstick on in the girls' lavs??

Frog in the Field said...

ps. Cleaner is coming today, she will be cleaning my work surfaces with love and affection and something anti-bacterial, not bog water (I hope)

Swearing Mother said...

Hi Frog, nothing would surprise me any more. Lucky you with the cleaner, mine just comes to collect the money and look at the dust.

CrazyCath said...

Oh that is brilliant!
LMAO.

SabrinaT said...

What a wonderful lesson for the girls! HA HA!

Swearing Mother said...

Cath, such a great GOTCHA isn't it?

Hi Sabrinat, and I lesson they won't forget in a hurry, eeuw!