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Recently, for some reason, the internet has been captivated with body-part washing debates. It all started when a woman inexplicably admitted in a since-deleted tweet that she doesn’t wash her legs in the shower—which was relatable to some people and horrifying to others. Later, the debate moved to washing your feet in the shower, although if you’re already not washing your legs, what’s even the point? And now, we are chagrined to report that the conversation has moved to washing your hands. Just like, after using the restroom.
On Wednesday, writer and media personality Ana Marie Cox tweeted that a woman she encountered in a public bathroom shamed her for not washing her hands after using the facilities.
“I was running late to the studio but had to stop in the building’s restroom to use the loo, and BC OF THE LATENESS, I went straight from stall to the door,” she wrote, in part one of a three-part tweet. “A woman walking out the same time as me TURNS AROUND AFTER WE LEAVE AND SAYS, “So, you’re not going to wash your hands?”
I was running late to the studio but had to stop in the building’s restroom to use the loo, and BC OF THE LATENESS, I went straight from stall to the door. A woman walking out the same time as me TURNS AROUND AFTER WE LEAVE AND SAYS, “So, you’re not going to wash your hands?” /1— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) June 12, 2019
“I am a grown-ass woman with 46 years of experience on this earth & this has *not once happened to me,” she continued. “I wish I had the presence to mind to tell her that I’d love to chat but I was due in surgery but instead I just gawked at her and said ‘I’ll wash them later.'”
“BC I USUALLY DO,” she added, emphasis on “USUALLY.”
I have never seen this woman before in my life, I have no idea why she felt like it was a good idea to ask me that (maybe she’s sick? She’s has kids at work today?) but I am pretty sure she can’t be from Minnesota. (She would have just judged me silently.) /3— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) June 12, 2019
Cox went on to state that she had never encountered this woman before in her life and wondered why she thought it would be a good idea to confront her about not washing her hands.
(Apropos of nothing, “but I am pretty sure she can’t be from Minnesota,” should 100 percent be the new “you were at my wedding Denise.”)
At any rate, Cox’s tweet went over about as well as you’d think, and “debate” may be too kind of a description, because—as it turns out—hand washing is something near 100 percent of people can get behind. And some just wondered why in the world she would unburden her soul with this.
I’m sorry i just realized the FOLLOW UP to this tweet about how she doesn’t wash her hands after the bathroom is— the basketball watcher (@alyssakeiko) June 13, 2019
a) “i’m a grown-ass woman i’m 46 years old” as if that makes it better
2) “i’ll wash them later because I USUALLY DO”
U S U A L L Y pic.twitter.com/lG4kYe8Peq
Norovirussayswhat?— Nina West Was Robbed (@MarshaMelloh) June 13, 2019
if you DON'T wash your hands after using the loo/if you don't wash your legs/if you don't wash any other part of your body ...you might not want to tweet about it!!!!!!!! there!!!!!!!!!!! that should solve all ur problems— 5'9 (@priya_ebooks) June 13, 2019
please wash your hands. what are we even discussing. you people sound like anti-vaxxers to me.— k austin collins (@melvillmatic) June 12, 2019
the only part of this I find surprising is that you're admitting to all of twitter that you left a restroom w/out washing your hands. I'm not saying I've never done it, I'm just saying announcing it is not a direction I would have gone in.— Valentina Paloma (@ValentiFiveOh) June 12, 2019
Nobody wants to shake hands with your turd lady— Dan (@dankgdl) June 13, 2019
And of course, her confession was ripe for the “hate to see it” meme:
that lady took more time typing out that thread of being questioned on why she didn't wash her hands…— bobbie lee swagger (@essdotX) June 13, 2019
than she spent actually washing her hands. you… pic.twitter.com/4WeAbgnjdv
Others lauded the other woman in the scenario as a legitimate hero for calling out Cox:
As someone immunocompromised I just want to thank everyone in your mentions and that lady in the bathroom because your behavior threatens my existence. 😷👍— The Rose Parade 🌹 (@ThoreausParade) June 13, 2019
I’m sorry Ana, but I have to agree with that other woman. pic.twitter.com/m56P85koqS— Nat 🏳️🌈 (@Doccubus_Nat) June 13, 2019
Yeah the answer here is she’s a hero because that’s disgusting— Cassie Fambro (@CassieFambro) June 13, 2019
Cox later claimed that she didn’t touch the door, which did little to help her case:
I did not touch the door!!!— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) June 12, 2019
The most perplexing thing about the whole ordeal is that it probably took Cox about three times as long to tweet this story as it would have taken her to just wash her damn hands. R.I.P. to anyone who accidentally comes in contact with her phone.
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.