How’s It Hangin’?

Filed under jobby jobby job job, narcissism, potty mouth

I just noticed today, after working at the same company for almost four years, that the woman who refills the toilet paper in our bathroom puts one roll into the side-by-side holder so that the paper’s dispensed on top and one roll in so that it comes from underneath.

I love that the janitorial company cares enough to not take sides in the over/under debate, even though one of the sides is clearly incorrect.


  1. Serial says:

    Wait, you have to tell! Are you an over or an under?

  2. Tracey says:

    GOD, Katie. I think about how important the under/over issue is to me every. single. time I go to the bathroom. I’m amazed you ended up blogging about this before I got around to it.

    OVER all the way.

    And you?

    • I’d like to see you spin toilet paper roll arrangement into a feminist issue on Unapologetically Female.

      Over for sure, and we wouldn’t be friends if it was any different. Imagine if, in those formative years of our friendship, I had discovered that your family was an under people. We wouldn’t have made it as far as Gelooze, even.

      • Tracey says:

        Uh-oh. Well, if it’s about FAMILY orientation, I might be in trouble. Mom and I had an over/under battle for years where each of us would change it back to the way we liked every time we went to the bathroom. I think she’s since abandoned her commitment to either/or, because it seems to be placed a different way every time I visit.

        Is it enough that I have seen the error of my family’s ways and decided for myself that I’m an Over person? I truly hope my defiance shows my strength of character in spite of my terrible upbringing and we can still be friends.

  3. bluzdude says:

    Has to be “over.” Our janitorial service gets it wrong.

    Maybe I can get the Administration Dept. to put out a memo. If I could demonstrate the cost savings in not having employees spending time trying to root out the TP from underneath, they might go for it.

    Maybe I can include a pie chart or something. They like that.

    • I was trying to find a ready-made pie chart for you to maximize your efficiency, but surprising, no one seems to have done this yet. There is this, though, which also seems helpful in arguing your point.

  4. Joel says:

    Totally over. Seriously, why is this a debate? Our janitor refuses to join in at all. He just puts the rolls on top of the tank and lets us decide.

    • There’s something to be said for neutrality. Although I think I’d actually rather have to suffer the indignity of using a roll that’s positioned incorrectly than to have to think about how many grubby hands have touched my roll all over. And possibly dropped it on the floor.

      • Joel says:

        Wow, I can honestly say that has never crossed my mind. I shudder to think of the lack of floor cleaning that takes place. Now I can’t use the restroom at work, thanks!

  5. Jack says:

    For the sake of providing some diversity to this blog I’m going to go with under.

    Why? (Yes, besides the “diversity” part). Because “over” is too easy and only the truly Elite can handle the “under” position.

    Also, here’s a formula for cat people: cat + over = disaster * [number of cats]

  6. Tessa says:

    I’m happy to see that you hang with a predominantly Over crowd. Count me in its ranks, also.

  7. thekamamama says:

    Over, under, who cares (besides you people, obviously)? I don’t even notice which direction it faces when I put it on the holder. How could it possibly matter? I do, though, have a friend who will change it to suit her preference every time she comes over. She’s an over. I think. A guerrilla over.

  8. caropal says:

    When Kandarpa and I were living together, the ONLY serious argument we ever had was about the toilet paper. She wanted under. She was clearly wrong.

  9. Dishy says:

    I like it on top. No need to comment further.

    Except to ask have you seen that toilet paper commercial where the dude keeps hollering at his wife for more TP. She beans him in the head, etc. What a lazy ass..

  10. Alfagirl says:

    I love how the “over” people clearly see “under” as wrong, whereas the under people didn’t do that, and then added to their point by pointing out examples where over would be bad (i.e. cat owners).

    I have been in a cat family and an “under” family since birth, which does make for a good argument for why we were under. Also, toilet paper tends to stick together in the roll when it’s placed over, vs under it actually falls lightly away from the roll so it can be grabbed easily (I don’t agree with the earlier post that it is hard to find, especially from a guy).

  11. Julie says:

    We go both ways here. I’m just happy that there is tp to be had when I need it, honestly.

    But, since I’m often up in the middle of the night, peeing in the dark while half-asleep, it might be better if we committed to one way or the other. I never know where to find the free end and end up spinning the darn thing around and around and around…