30 percent of Americans avoid public restroooms out of fear of germs,
according to a poll by tissue and towel giant Georgia-Pacific Corp.
The survey also found
that 40 percent of those who do use public restrooms, such as those in
gas stations, flush with their feet as opposed to their hands.
Another 20 percent
use towels to shield their hands from the objects and a full 60 percent
of respondents say they don't touch a thing in public bathrooms. Those
respondents say they squat over toilets instead of sit and simply don't
touch any objects in the bathrooms.
also raise germ fears, the survey uncovered. More than four out of every
five respondents say they are concerned about germs in private and public
The survey results
should underscore the necessity for keeping bathrooms clean since a clean
bathroom will give a good perception of your business or institution.
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