Slow on the uptake


I am out for lunch with my friends. We are a noisy bunch, as we tuck-in to yummy food and girly gossip.

Just before we say our byes, one of my friends and I visit the powder room. I wash my hands and look for paper towels. Can’t find any; but there is a dryer. So I place my palms under the dryer, waiting for warm air to gush out.

Hmmm…no warm air. Upon closer inspection, through the translucent glass of the so-called dryer, I see a roll of paper towels.

“Ah! A paper towel dispenser”, I say.

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My friend then tells me that it is sensor-operated, and that she had tried waving her hands before the sensor to activate it, but in vain.

There is a symbol that shows a palm, and below it is a small button. I press the button, and one paper towel comes out.

We laugh.

Then we discuss why the sensor doesn’t seem to be working. My friend shows me how she waved her palms at the machine. I wave my palms frantically.

We laugh and proceed to take our bags. There is a gentle whirring sound. We turn around to find that the machine has sensed all those waving palms, albeit slowly.

The machine is spewing out paper towels, one after the other, almost like a saree. We are in sudden shock.

We are close to the machine, and afraid that it will start spewing more if it senses our movement.

Like a pair of guilty children,  we back out with minimum movement.

We come out, catch each others’ eye and burst into fits of laughter.

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19 Responses to Slow on the uptake

  1. That cracked me up. I have a few stories about those high-tech bathroom facilities, and the low-tech ones too. Loved this. ☺

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  2. This is funny! I have had many annoying experiences with hand drying devices in strange bathrooms not to mention sensored toilets and water faucets. I never thought to blog about it but I just may have to. If I can make a poem of this, you will be credited of course.

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  3. katelon says:

    It is confusing now in public restrooms as they are all different now..whether a toilet self flushes or not…..and when, how a faucet works, the paper towel receptacles. It can make things very confusing and interesting. Cute story.

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  5. Funny! Reminds me of those multiplying uncontrollable brooms in Fantasia!

    Fantasia [HQ]

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  6. Heh, heh. Don’t you love technology that’s supposed to guess your presence? 🙂

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