Dear Jamie: I Can't Handle Squat Toilets, Should I Go Home?

By That's PRD, May 25, 2017

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Dear Jamie is a regular series where our readers seek advice from Jamie, a Guangdong-based life coach.

Dear Jamie,

I have just accepted a role with a company in the outskirts of a city here in the PRD. The company has put me up in a nice apartment, with only one caveat. The toilet is a Turkish toilet – a squatty potty. Am I wrong to resist using such a contraption or should I embrace it? I am seriously thinking about going back home or to my old job over the toilet. Am I being unreasonable here? How should I equitably and reasonably handle this situation. If it helps explain the situation I am over two meters tall and don’t squat very well due to my leg length. 

-Squatting in Shantou

Dear Squatting,

So you’d quit your job over a toilet – or even leave the country? There’s a bigger issue here than your pooping posture. 

Do you want to live in the PRD’s hinterlands? Is your new job something you actually want to be doing? Are you happy with your life in China?

Answer these questions first, and then ask the company to replace the toilet. 


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