I used to work in this store that had a great bathroom for people with Paruresis.
It was a single user bathroom (although coed) that actually had 2 stalls in it. We labeled one stall for the Men, and the other stall for the Ladies.
There were no urinals, just toilets.
It locked securely. It was in the back of the store. And I never had to worry about being overheard, seen, or walked in on.
I worked there for ten years and loved it.
Only one time did I ever get a real scare…
And that was during Drug Test Day!
Granted, I don’t do drugs, never have, never will, but of course I wasn’t scared of the drugs, I was scared of the testing.
The owners had suspicions about some of the employees and wanted to weed them out. They decided to do a random drug test on everyone.
They called in the agency and some very intimidating uniformed officers showed up. Whether or not they were cops, friends of the owners or not, I don’t know, but they were making the employees go into the bathroom one at a time, and while a guard (a large intimidating man) stood close by, they had to submit a urine sample (urinalysis) for testing.
When I heard this, I just about crapped my pants. How can I pee in a bottle if I can’t pee in front of strangers?
Let alone one standing 2 feet from me watching me pee.
No way on earth would that ever happen. Never!
I was so nervous as they were taking some of the employees into the john. I could tell a few were apprehensive and some of them were in there a while. Not easy even to them!
One of the girls in the office could tell that I was nervous and watching the door. “There’s nothing to worry about” she said “unless you do drugs!“
After about half the employees went in and submitted samples, the owners sent a bunch of us to lunch.
I was one of them to go. Fine by me. I needed some distance from that place just to calm my racing heart.
I almost didn’t go back!
I was that scared!
Petrified is more like it!
I asked one guy who did go in what it was like, and he said it was hard because the guard stands right next to you as you go. He laughed saying he had a tough time going under those circumstances. “He’s staring at my junk” he says.
I feel my world spin and the bottom drop out.
What am I going to do? What do I tell the guard is the reason that I can’t pee in a bottle? How can I just stand there and not go?
What will he say? Will he yell at me? Try to force me? Stand there as long as it takes?
What will he say to the owner? Will he really wait all day?
I wondered if there was any way to get out of this… This Embarrassment!
I felt like passing out. I can’t believe that they’re going to make me endure this humiliation, and then everyone in the whole store will know that Richard is Pee Shy. He’s not man enough to piss in a bottle. I’ll be a laughing joke!
After lunch (I didn’t eat), I go back.
I was probably pale as a ghost. I notice instantly that the cops were no longer there. I say nothing. I don’t bring it up. Not a word.
4 Hours go by. We end the day. We pack up the store and are getting ready to leave, and I decide to say something. I had to know if the drug testing was being finished tomorrow…
Since I’m on pretty good terms with the owners, I casually say “So what happened to the drug testing?“
He shrugged “We only needed to test a few. We pretty much knew who was doing it and wanted confirmation. She admitted it to the guard and we let her go!”
It was over. No more testing! I nod to him and say “Have a good night“.
I had never in my life felt more relieved.
I got lucky that day because I certainly thought my shy bladder would be the talk of the store. That was a pretty big scare.
It makes me wonder how other Paruretics deal with such situations.
Have you been drug tested?
How long do you stand there frozen in terror?
Do you explain your condition to them? Are they understanding?
Is this common?
Let’s find out…
If you’ve ever experienced a drug test and peed or couldn’t pee, post your story in the comment section below.
I’d love to hear from you!
And I’m sure so would everyone else.
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