…… ROTFL other than the fact that I’ve been all over Europe and I can guarantee them that I found towels in the shittiest motels ever (srsly the last time I went to Paris I was in a one-star hotel and they gave me towels and clean sheets every day…), but OKAY THEN SORRY BUT I HAVE TO DO THIS.
For the mom of that person: I, as an Italian, I would kindly like to introduce you to a thing that surely would never not be in an Italian hotel - seriously, there’s one in every crappy hotel ever and in every bathroom. Ladies and gentlemen, the bidet:
This shit was apparently invented by the French, as the word itself suggests, but was perfectioned by Italians and adopted as our own - really, I’ve been in France and the bidet can be there or it cannot be, but here it’s everywhere. As Wikipedia says:
Bidets are primarily used to wash and clean the genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, and anus. They may also be used to clean any other part of the bodysuch as feet. Despite appearing similar to a toilet, it would be more accurate to compare it to the washbasin or bathtub. Bidets once served as a practicalway for couples to prepare themselves before sex, as well as to rinse themselves afterwards.
Bidets are common bathroom fixtures in many southern European countries, especially Italy, where they are found in 97% of households (the installation of a bidet in a bathroom is mandatory from1975), Spain, and Portugal, where bidets are in the majority of flats. Additionally, they are rather widespread, although not standard, in France, and are often found in Albania, Croatia,Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Malta, and Greece.
I can attest that when I went to Spain and stayed at the house of a friend of my dad’s who loans it to friends when they come to her city, they did indeed have a bidet, and it was in a fair number of Spanish hotels. And I’m kinda sure it was in the hotel bathroom the one time I went to Turkey. This shit over there isn’t there for show - it’s because they want you to be thoroughly clean, if you get my meaning.
At this point I can safely say that there are two possibilities as far as that person’s mom goes, because if she went to France and Spain there’s a high chance that she might have run into such a contraption, and if she went to Italy there’s a 100% chance that there was one wherever she stayed since it’s mandatory to have it (and in hotels they will give you towels to use it - even in hostels, if you ask it shall be given):
- she’s lying her ass off;
- she didn’t even know what it was there for and since she most probably didn’t know the language or didn’t even think to ask for towels or for explanations;
In each case, she comes off as an idiot. Same goes for anyone else who’s made those comments because gdi I’ve never went to one hotel in Europe that was dirty or didn’t give you towels or soap if you asked for them and I’ve been pretty much all over. Some Americans really need to stop and realize how embarrassing they get.
(Sorry anon I know you didn’t ask for the entire exposition but when I read your ask I burst out laughing and I had to go for the lulz XD ;) )
ETA: also I just went on the Italian wiki page for the bidet and found this gem (I’m translating quickly):
People from countries where the bidet is a rare accomodation like the US or the UK can have no idea of how to use it when they see one in a foreign country. Americans, especially, have first been introduced to the bidet in French brothels during WWII and they apparently still link it with the idea that it was used just by prostitutes in order to clean their genitals after sleeping with their clients. There are common prejudices from foreigners from those countries, who sometimes think the bidet is a strange and possibly dirty object: on the other side, inhabitants from countries where the bidet is common are surprised by this and find themselves uncomfortable when they visit countries where the bidet isn’t used widely.
A lot of things are suddenly clearer. ;)