There’s a dirty woman at work who doesn’t wash her hands. Why won’t our HR person do anything about it?

Dear Aunty B,

We have a woman at work and she never washes her hands after going to the toilet.

She kind of pretends to in that she turns the tap on and off but she doesn’t actually get her hands wet!

Other women have noticed it too.

But that’s not why I am writing. I put a sign up over the basin in big letters saying “Not washing your hands is dirty and makes other people sick. Please wash your hands”, which I think pretty much says it all. And our HR person took it down saying it was offensive, abusive and childish.

Not to wash your hands is offensive!

I asked the HR person to send around an email asking people to PLEASE wash their hands and he refused, probably not being a hand washer either!

So then I printed out a one-pager and stuck it on a pillar near my desk and it has disappeared. Now I have resorted to having a packet of bacteria hand wipes on my desk. Has hand washing after the loo gone out the window?

Adele F,



Dear Adele,

No, it hasn’t. But you might be out the window if you keep this up.

The most annoying part of workplace culture is having to share eight hours of your life every day with people like you.

Focus on what matters. Go and make some money for your business, see a shrink about your germ phobia and leave that poor woman alone. And buy some flowers for your poor HR manager. He is a saint.

Be smart,

Your Aunty B

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