Why do I try to avoid using public restrooms at all costs?
Maybe I'm going to the wrong public restrooms because I can't think of a single time when using a public restroom has been a great experience for me. Unfortunately I can't avoid them forever and sooner or later there comes a time when using a public restroom is my only viable option... ☹
Looking at a line of closed door stalls and pondering my options...
- I could squat down to see if any feet are visible under the door but that looks and feels wrong (especially that one time when another guy came in behind me).
- I can slowly pass by each stall and listen for the obligatory this-stall-is-already-occupied-please-move-along "courtesy cough" BUT (there's always a big but) this requires the cooperation of another user and is entirely outside of my control.
- I can start trying to open each stall one by one touching every handle as I wonder how many other people chose this approach and touched every gross handle?
People seem to favor some variant of Option 3. I know because I've been on both sides of the door here and it isn't fun either way. Either the door rattles and doesn't open while someone yells
occupied! on the other side or even worse the door accidentally opens because I didn't securely latch it. ☹
(I'll go out on a limb here and guess that this is the reason the "courtesy cough" was invented).
Why don't public restroom designers make finding an unoccupied stall easier?
What are some ways to improve the public restroom experience overall?
There has got a be a better way!
After all, it doesn't matter how rich or poor you are EVERYONE EATS and ...