To Lock Or Not To Lock
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?