Thanks to Sarah, I now have a name to put with what I witnessed today. I was in the men's room, just about to wash my hands, when a darker-skinned gentleman of middle-eastern descent came out of the stall. He immediately walked over to the sink next to mine and did some sort of elaborate hand washing exercise that looked like this, except for the feet part. He dipped each hand multiple times, all while mumbling something.
I can only assume that he was some sort of Muslim, and this was his thing.
That's fine. (Although as an aside, this particular dude might want to throw an armpit or two into the mix as well -- I'm just sayin'.) Anyway, I have no problem with any of that. He can strip naked, climb in the urinal and take a leisurely bath and I wouldn't give a shit.
My problem is with what he did next.
The next thing he did, (which, incidentally, I noticed was definitely not on the above diagram,) was exactly this:
He blew his nose into the sink.
He did this by plugging his left nostril with his left index finger, and blowing hard from his right nostril, and then doing the same thing on the other side.
I actually saw snot spray out of his nose. In fact, I heard it hit the porcelain.
Yep. Your basic snot-rocket, as Sarah informed me. I was so stunned I said, "What the FUCK?" before I realized I was actually talking out loud. He just glanced over at me, and then cupped some water in his hand and splashed it on the sink snot as if to say, "Happy now?"
Then he turned and left. He just walked out. No paper towels, no nothing. I'm 100% sure his snotty remnants are still on the door handle as I type this.
To all the Muslims that read my blog, let me reiterate my question: WTF?
In fact, I'll open it up to everyone, since I probably don't have that many Muslim readers.
Is this just an incidence of "disgusting slob with no clue" or is there something in the Koran that prohibits using toilet paper or paper towels to blow your nose? If this is indeed the case, please let me know.
I stood there pondering his actions for a moment or two, then washed my own hands. I opened the door with a giant wad of paper towels.
Don't worry. I'm pretty sure I got away snot-free.