Office worker John Smith has reached his breaking point with his female co-workers, who have repeatedly left the toilet seat down in the company restroom. In a move that has stunned the office, Smith has filed a formal complaint with the Human Resources department.

Speaking exclusively to The Upper Lip, Smith said, “It’s a basic rule of bathroom etiquette that seems to have completely escaped my female colleagues. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the bathroom only to find the seat down.”

Smith, who has worked at the company for over five years, says that he’s tried to address the issue with his co-workers directly, but to no avail. “I’ve left notes, I’ve had conversations, I’ve even tried to lead by example by always leaving the seat up,” he explained. “But nothing seems to work. It’s like they’re doing it on purpose.”

Smith’s complaint to HR has caused quite a stir in the office, with many of his female co-workers feeling offended and disrespected by his actions. “I don’t see what the big deal is,” said one female employee who wished to remain anonymous. “If he wants the seat up so badly, he can lift it himself.”

But Smith says it’s not just about the inconvenience of having to lift the seat. “It’s about respect and consideration,” he said. “We all have to share this space, and I think it’s only fair that we try to make it as comfortable for everyone as possible.”

At press time, HR had not yet responded to Smith’s complaint, but sources say they are taking the matter very seriously and are considering holding a company-wide meeting on bathroom etiquette.