Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The High School Bathroom Mirror Problem

The new school year had begun and just like always a number of the 7th grade girls at the middle school were beginning to wear lipstick. Most would leave home without any lipstick; however they would quickly apply it once they arrived at school. The routine was to go into the bathroom, apply the lipstick, then when they were done many they press their lips against the mirror. Those little lip prints all over the mirrors were once again upsetting the custodial staff.

Tired of hearing the custodians complain, the new principal decided it was time do something so she had all the 7th girls report to the bathroom on the second floor at 2PM. There she, and the custodial supervisor were waiting. When all the young ladies had arrived the principal explained that lip prints on the mirrors were causing a problem for the custodians who have to clean them each night. Many of the girls now giggled.

The Principal asked the girls to watch how hard it was for a custodian clean lipstick off a mirror. She took out a tube of lipstick and made several marks with it on the mirror then asked the custodial supervisor to demonstrate how hard it is to remove it. The supervisor grabbed her squeegee, dipped it into the toilet bowl and pulled it across the mirror several times. She dunked her squeegee into the bowl a second time and this time rubbed it vigorously across the mirror. With a fair amount of effort she was soon able to have the mirror clean.
Amazingly, not a single lip print has appeared on any bathroom mirrors for the rest of the school year.

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