Me: "Sure. What's your name?"
"You're writing down my name? I'm in trouble?"
Me: "No. I keep a list of students who use the restroom."
I keep a list of students who leave class for any reason. Restroom passes are by far the most frequent request.
"But... but... what if Ms. S. gets mad?"
Me: "Does she let you use the restroom?"
Me: "Then you have nothing to worry about."
"But she hates me. If my name is on a list, she's going to be mad."
Me: "I do this in every class I cover..."
I don't recall my exact explanation, nor did I give the student the entire rationale. Some teachers have restroom policies that include hall pass tickets, time owed after class, and/or a specific number of out-of-class times per semester. And not every teacher remembers to put this detail in their lesson plan. So, some students try to take advantage of the loophole. With my list, teachers have the option of maintaining their policy if they choose to do so. And those that don't care ignore the list.
Me (con't): "...It's clearly marked as a 'used the restroom' list."
He moaned for a minute or two more before deciding that he needed to go more than he needed to not be on a list. (Although, the list did keep at least three students from going that day.)
7th graders! Every little thing...