Last week after doing some errands in Placerville, my husband and I went to a restaurant which we frequent. We have our monthly Gideon dinner and breakfast meetings there. I went to the restroom and when I was washing my hands, I could not get any soap to come out of the hands-free foam soap dispenser. So I tried the other soap dispenser.
It looked something like this:
Still no luck. So I rinsed my hands, dried them off and left the restroom. I approached the manager, who was at the cash register at the time, and mentioned to him that both of the soap dispensers in the ladies' restroom were empty. He was surprised to hear that. What would the chances be of both dispensers being out at the same time?, he mused.
I returned to our table and resumed chatting with Jerry. After a few minutes, the manager, whom we know because we see him twice a month when we come for Gideon meetings, came into view and he was motioning to me to follow him. I might add here that the restaurant had very few people in it at the time because it was kind of late for lunch, but too early for dinner.
So I got up and followed him into the ladies restroom! He then showed me the correct way to make the foaming soap come out. I had been raising my hand, palm up, up and down, thinking that the dispenser would take action because of the motion of my hand. No, you have to raise your hand, palm up, to the dispenser and hold it there for several seconds, and then and only then will it give you some soap.
There are two sinks in the ladies restroom, so the manager and I stood there washing our hands side by side, getting soap from the dispensers successfully. I was thinking to myself, this is so weird and so funny that I am standing in a women's restroom washing my hands and there's a man standing next to me doing the same thing, after instructing me in how to use the soap dispenser.
I came back to our table, laughing a lot and recounted to Jerry my experience and soap-dispenser lesson in the restroom. He thought it was a bit odd, too.