To Lock Or Not To Lock

// // 20 Comments
m 1+ points - Newb
0
0

I'm a thirty-one year-old male from Mexico, and last week during a business meeting, I had a weird experience because of a bizarre toilet layout. I work at a financial company, and my boss told some colleagues and me that we were to go to another company to carry on an urgent work project. It was a small company, and we were directed to a private meeting room which was located in a stylish penthouse.

After a couple of hours, I asked for directions to the restroom, and someone pointed me to the hallway. I assumed it must be the typical office restroom, which is gender specific. To my surprise, there was only a door with a men and women's sign in it. I entered and found out it was a unisex toilet, with a trendy decoration. The sink was elegant, and there were flowers, nice hand towels and amenities all over the place. There was no urinal; and the single toilet was located separately from the sink, behind an opaque sliding glass door that went from the floor to ceiling, in a separate area, but still visible from the sink.

I didn't give it too much thought since I just needed a pee. It was late at night, and the few people who were present were all guys I knew. No big deal. I don't even remember if I locked the door of the bathroom. I didn't close the opaque glass door to the toilet though, and the seat was already lifted. It seemed the bathroom was used as a male only toilet, and for pissing it was o.k.

The next morning, my boss asked us to attend the company all day long since our work was still a long way from being finished. I left my home after several cups of coffee, bran flakes, and orange juice, so when I arrived at the company, my bowels were imploring me to drop the kids off at the pool. Naturally, the next thing I thought about was finding the Men's Room. It was then that I remembered there was only the small unisex toilet. I couldn't care less in such a situation, so I decided to swallow my pride.

As I approached the small bathroom, though, I felt a mixture of pain, fear, and excitement of having to unload in a unisex toilet. I went inside, closed the door, and entered the area set off by the opaque sliding doors (the toilet area). I didn't lock the main door, since I figured out it wasn't meant to be closed. That's why they had the sliding doors to the toilet which had a separate lock. As I unbuckled my trousers, the pressure in my colon was extremely intense, and I was about to explode. I bare my butt on the toilet and relaxed. And, of course, just as shit was coming out of my hole, I heard the bathroom door opened. Someone entered the restroom; and while I was in the middle of my poo, I saw him through the opaque glass. It was a guy who was working on the same project I was.

As he tried to open the sliding door, I said, “Occupied”. He apologized and seemed extremely embarrassed. In fact, I think he was more embarrassed than I was. Anyway, I finished my business, washed my hands, and left the bathroom.

Later throughout the day, I met him a couple of times, and he was casual with me. I’m not even sure he identified me as the guy on the toilet. Since I spoke, however, he most probably did.

So, the bottom line is this: did I do something wrong by not locking the door? What was I supposed to do in such a bathroom layout?

20 Comments on "To Lock Or Not To Lock"

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points
0
0

The installer was at fault for not having a turnable sign for the toilet stall saying "Occupied" or "Not Occupied." It should have been possible for someone to use the sink while someone else was in the toilet, so the outer door could remain unlocked; but a person should still be able to have some privacy while seated on the toilet.

Anonymous Coward's picture
0
0

My reasoning is that if there is a single toilet then no one else should be there so I'm locking the main door.

plop cop's picture
l 100+ points
0
0

fernando, don't give it a second thought. However, it's a unisex toilet so assume that either sex could enter the shithouse with you in mid-loafage. If the sliding glass door provides enough privacy, no problem. If it doesn't, it might be a bit dicey for the lady to hear your battle cry. If you assume only men will enter, don't think twice. A shitter is meant to shit in and there's no shame in putting it to it's intended use. A polite entrant would see that the shitter is occupied and pretend to wash hands, leave, and wait for your exit.

_______
Now that's what a men's room is supposed to smell like!

Now that's what a men's room is supposed to smell like!

prarie doggin's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Quality Moderatorg 4000+ points
0
0

The whole thing was no big deal, however if you ever have to go back to that place you might want to alter your breakfast menu a bit. Try some cream of rice with cheese and a spoonful of concrete mix next time.

Female Anonymous Coward's picture
0
0

Lock the outer door. Where I work it's called a one-holer and meant to be a private space. That way you can spray the lysol without any witnesses.

Bran Lover's picture
k 500+ points
0
0

Fernando, did you REALLY wash your hands? Come on, tell the truth!

I would have locked the main door. Practice safe pooping!
_______
To affect the quality of the poo, that is the art of life. ~Thoreau, sort of.

To affect the quality of the poo, that is the art of life. ~Thoreau, sort of.

ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points
0
0

The unisex issue is a nonstarter.....if a lock is there and there is one place to go, you lock it.

Blind Mullet's picture
k 500+ points
0
0

Fernando,
maybe you should start carrying a laminated 6x4 card in your pocket, which reads something like "Caution! Mexican At Work!", and blue-tack it to the shitter door as you enter.
(Hey, if it was me, I'd carry a card that says "Aussie Unloading" "Enter At Own Risk")
_______
The white zone is for loading and unloading only- FZ.

The white zone is for loading and unloading only- FZ.

Bran Lover's picture
k 500+ points
0
0

Thank you, Blind Mullet. We would appreciate that.
_______
To affect the quality of the poo, that is the art of life. ~Thoreau, sort of.

To affect the quality of the poo, that is the art of life. ~Thoreau, sort of.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points
0
0

I would have definitely locked the main door. So you didn't stop in mid poop at the sound of the door opening?
_______
...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

craptrina's picture
m 1+ points - Newb
0
0

I always lock those kind of bathrooms. Like others I assume it's meant to be locked if there is one stall and one lock.

Anonymous Coward's picture
0
0

Another point: bathrooms intended for multiple people do not have locks except on the stalls.

Dumps Like a Truck's picture
m 1+ points - Newb
0
0

I would have locked the main door. What's the point of leaving it open for someone else to come in? They'll just have to leave anyhow, once they realize the toilet is occupied.

That being said, your not locking the main door doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

I have been in places that think they're trendy, and have the Ally McBeal style unisex bathroom with many stalls. As a visitor, I was able to use them to pee without being mortified. But there would be no way I could drop a deuce with my male coworker in the next stall. I think all toilets should be singles whenever and where ever possible. (though if they're all singles, you can't blame the smell on someone else as easily.)

Anonymous Coward's picture
0
0

If the bathroom was meant for one person, then why did it have a sliding glass door by the toilet? If there was not a sliding door I would have locked the main door without a second thought.

Anonymous Hero's picture
0
0

Its a no-brainer, you lock the goddamed door!

Why is it even a question, I mean what is the thought process?
'Oh I'd better not lock the door just in case someone urgently needs to wash their hands while I'm taking a mammoth crap'

If you don't want to lock the door but find it uncomfortable or embarrassing to have someone on the other side of a thin glass door while your doing some major logging work then next time just announce it to everyone in the office in a really loud voice that your off to have a dump and that you'd appreciate it if they could stay out of the bathroom until you've finished creating your masterpiece unless its a genuinely dire hand-washing emergency.

"Caution! Mexican At Work!" Priceless

Anonymous Hero's picture
0
0

Its a no-brainer, you lock the goddamed door!

Why is it even a question, I mean what is the thought process?
'Oh I'd better not lock the door just in case someone urgently needs to wash their hands while I'm taking a mammoth crap'

If you don't want to lock the door but find it uncomfortable or embarrassing to have someone on the other side of a thin glass door while your doing some major logging work then next time just announce it to everyone in the office in a really loud voice that your off to have a dump and that you'd appreciate it if they could stay out of the bathroom until you've finished creating your masterpiece unless its a genuinely dire hand-washing emergency.

"Caution! Mexican At Work!" Priceless

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Content ModeratorComment Quality Moderatorf 5000+ points
0
0

Hey Anonymous Hero! Could you hurry up in there! I need to wash my hands!


_______
Dirty old men need love too!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points
0
0

This story was posted in April; it has been 7 months now. Tell us, Fernando: Any changes? New experiences? How are people coping with that bathroom now?

Johnny Crap's picture
m 1+ points - Newb
0
0

Ah, the age old question.
I decide this by counting the number of urinals in the room. I lock the entirely facility if there is only one urinal, even if the toilet has its own locking mechanism.
These are the perplexing questions of the 21st century.

_______
We all live in a brown submarine, a brown submarine.

We all live in a brown submarine, a brown submarine.

fernando's picture
m 1+ points - Newb
0
0

At my local car wash there are two small bathrooms. One for women and the other for men. Each with its appropriate sign on the door. I don't know the women's, but the men's bathroom layout intrigues me. It's a very neat small space with a toilet, a urinal, and a sink. There is a privacy screen between the urinal and the sink but nothing between the urinal and the toilet. They're next to each other, so that a guy using the urinal unbuckled, would be a mere 50 inches from a guy sitting in the toilet. Since there is a privacy screen between the urinal and the sink and a toilet and a urinal, I have always wondered if this bathroom is meant to be used by two men at a time. There is a locking door though.

I had always used the bathroom for peeing only and didn't give too much thought about locking the door. However, today I was washing my car in the morning and I felt an intense urge to defecate. I headed towards the small bathroom and went inside. For a second or two, I hesitated about locking the door but since it was rush hour and there were lots of children around, I thought it would be better to lock. I proceeded to unbuckle my pants and take a seat. I relaxed and pushed a nice turd. I was a little bit nervous at first that someone might come in and see me sitting in the toilet with my pants at my ankes and turd hanging out of my hole. About 3 minutes later as I was wiping, I heard someone trying to open the locked door. They were very insistent and I realized it was some child. Luckily the door didn't open. Finally I was over with my business, washed my hands and left. It was an interesting pooping experience. Hope to shit in that bathroom again soon. Maybe I won't close the door next time.