A small complaint.

December 23, 2012


Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

Here’s a topic that is not exactly appropriate for the day, but I feel that I need to get this information out there. If you know someone who designs public restrooms, please share this post with them.


Quit designing bathrooms where the door opens and the first thing you see is the toilet!! Nearly every single-toilet bathroom I visit has a layout like this:

Why??? I haven’t been walked in on, but don’t think that I don’t fret about it when I’m in there. Why not set it up so that the first thing an intruder would see is the sink? That would give me some key hollering seconds.

Occupied! Occupied!

Here ends the plea.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “A small complaint.”

  1. Curt Said on:

    Merry Christmas Eve!

    I wonder if it is for emergencies. Don’t want to loose that fraction of a second looking for the toilet.

    Woohoo! First post!


    • Peggy Said on:


      I can’t remember the last time I saw a public bathroom like this. They’re usually a bunch of stalls with the sinks outside.

      But if I do run into a bathroonm like this, or someone who designs them, I’ll certainly share our concerns. At minimum, have the door swing open the other way.


  2. Brad Said on:

    I’m always wondering why they don’t make bathroom doors open out instead of in. After getting my hands reasonably clean, suddenly I’m touching a door handle that hundreds of other people have touched right after going to the bathroom? Yuck.


  3. Lauren's mom Said on:

    I like our Walmart bathrooms. No door to enter or exit. Just an S shape that makes it impossible to see into the room.

    On another subject: A blessed and happy Christmas to all!


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