Perplexing issue of the day: HK Toilet Etiquette

Every public toilet in Hong Kong seems to have some version of this sign. I find it very odd that there needs to be signage to instruct people to flush. However, what is even more absurd is that in spite of (or perhaps because of?) these signs… NO ONE FLUSHES.


It is not a response to resource management as we were taught in elementary school during the California drought in the 1970s (“Mellow if it’s yellow, if it’s brown flush it down”) because Hong Kong is less interested in resource conservation than any place I have ever been. Is it a mass excercise in public disobedience in a really covert way? The student I have right now says it is simply laziness and mentioned he is glad to be a guy because it is not a urinal issue. I cannot speak to this, specifically. For now I am going for the auto-flushing zone of IFC and Pacific Place.


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I am repatriating expatriate trying to work it all out. Well, to work some of it out anyhow. I am writing here for sanity, focus and general over-sharing.
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