The Janitor

I finally got to know the awesome janitor who has done a great job of keeping the restrooms clean. About a month a so ago, the School of Business held a staff appreciation party. While we gathered to show our appreciation for those who has been with the school for 5, 10, 15 and 30 years, I wanted to show my appreciation to the fellow who has one of the most toughest jobs in the building.

It was just the perfect occasion and the perfect opportunity came when he went out to the balcony for a smoke. It turned out that he’s a very young kid who finished high school a few years ago. I encouraged him to take the advantage of the tuition benefit at GW, but he is not working for GW. He works for a contractor. He’s into music and played locally with a punk rock band. It was cool getting to know him a bit since we see each other every day.

The other day we met in the bathroom (I know what you’re thinking) and he told me that he just cleaned up a whole puke from the stall to the wall on the lower floor. I felt bad for the guy and just hope that people are a bit more considerate when they use public restrooms where someone will have to clean after them.