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guamvixen
09-12-2011, 05:48 PM
Ok, this is just sort of a rant, or something I just don't understand. At my heaviest, (250lbs) I used to dread going into public bathrooms because of the way the doors were set up in each stall. Example: Movie Theatres, they have 10 stalls, and all (except the handicap stall) open inwards towards you. At my heaviest, I could barely fit in those stalls, and I had to practically sit back on the toilet to get the door to open towards me in order to make my way out.

Am I the only person who finds this frustrating or has expierenced this?

Fast forward to my current weight (about 112) I STILL HAVE THE SAME BATHROOM STALL DOOR ISSUE! It kind of makes me go back into that insecurity mode where I get anxiety b/c I'm afraid I won't fit coming back out.

I clearly remembered the other day how exciting it would be to use the potties effortlessly without any hesitation or concern for the structural engineering of these mechanisms, but I WAS WRONG. I'm writing it off as poor construction. Nuff said. :P


GonnaTurnHeads
09-12-2011, 06:13 PM
I love this! Sometimes, we attribute difficult things to our weight when its not us at all! :)

ItsMyTurn
09-12-2011, 07:14 PM
The worst is if you have been out drinking and need to use restroom... so you are clumsy AND having door issues! :lol:


ennay
09-12-2011, 08:28 PM
Nothing like trying to cram yourself AND 2 kids in a stall. "Alex go in and stand next to the toilet NO DONT TOUCH IT JUST STAND THERE, Samantha go in and stand on the other side, in. IN. IN!!!!!!!!! Yes I KNOW you have to go but just get out of my way for a freaking minute. GET FARTHER IN THE STALL SO I CAN GET IN AND LEAN OVER THE TOILET SO I CAN SHUT THE DOOR.

ItsMyTurn
09-12-2011, 10:36 PM
Nothing like trying to cram yourself AND 2 kids in a stall. "Alex go in and stand next to the toilet NO DONT TOUCH IT JUST STAND THERE, Samantha go in and stand on the other side, in. IN. IN!!!!!!!!! Yes I KNOW you have to go but just get out of my way for a freaking minute. GET FARTHER IN THE STALL SO I CAN GET IN AND LEAN OVER THE TOILET SO I CAN SHUT THE DOOR.



:rofl:

steinanwine
09-12-2011, 10:57 PM
It is not just you!! If you open the stall doors inward look at how close it comes to the toilet and it's usually within a few inches .... NO HUMAN BODY can fit between that! You have a lost a tremendous amount of weight and are inspiration to us all!! Do not let public restrooms get you down for a second!!!

ChickieChicks
09-12-2011, 11:03 PM
Best thread on here, ever. :-)

tkdtara84
09-13-2011, 12:50 AM
I've never understood why they build them like that. I have the same issues, and like you have attributed it mostly to my weight, but I'm close to "normal" now, and I still have just as bad of issues. I usually straddle the toilet until I get the door open. I hadn't thought about it not being about my weight, though, so thanks!

Beach Patrol
09-13-2011, 01:56 PM
And THIS is why I PREFER the handicap stall. No need for modern-day circus trickery just to go in and have a good pee!! :D

sontaikle
09-13-2011, 02:15 PM
And THIS is why I PREFER the handicap stall. No need for modern-day circus trickery just to go in and have a good pee!! :D

Me too! I run for that stall because the "regular" ones are just TOO SMALL.

I thought it was my weight too, but I still have issues with them. Plus regular stalls are much too small to change clothes in.

mamakat
09-13-2011, 02:17 PM
built by a man!

jomatho
09-13-2011, 03:28 PM
built by a man!

:rofl:

cherrypie
09-13-2011, 03:33 PM
I always notice after a drink or two that the toilet is always off center too lol

last summer we were traveling and stopped at this new government built tourism site. There was this beautiful brand new bathroom with taps that were motion operated and toilets that flushed automatically when you stand up and those hand dryers you stick your hand in and they dry them off like the car wash dries your car.

not one of the 15 + stalls had a lock mechanism that actually met up with the door side of the lock :lol:

Haley8203
09-13-2011, 04:02 PM
I'm so happy I'm not the only one with this problem lol. When my daughter and I go to our favorite campground the stalls are even smaller than the usually small public restrooms. The last trip I was so thankful to be near a handicap bathroom.

Arctic Mama
09-13-2011, 04:43 PM
As far as I can tell stalls have sucked since I was about ten. Beyond a certain size they are simply too narrow and the doors open the WRONG WAY!

guamvixen
09-13-2011, 05:04 PM
TOO FUNNY! Thanks ladies! This was a great laugh, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who experiences this, nor is Texas the only state with this issue!

I agree with mamakat, men had to have designed these things!

my2cats
09-14-2011, 04:12 AM
I agree the stalls are too small, but I think it makes sense for the doors to open inward (they just need more space in the stalls!).

I'm thinking to various times in public restrooms when the lock comes undone and the door starts to swiiiiing in.. thank god it was swinging in not out, so I just had to push it closed. :P

Also given many women's bathrooms are a double-sided gauntlet of stalls, I could see it being pretty hazardous walking down a row, only to get clocked in the face with a door by someone coming out in a hurry. :lol:

NiteOwlMommy
09-14-2011, 10:17 AM
Nothing like trying to cram yourself AND 2 kids in a stall. "Alex go in and stand next to the toilet NO DONT TOUCH IT JUST STAND THERE, Samantha go in and stand on the other side, in. IN. IN!!!!!!!!! Yes I KNOW you have to go but just get out of my way for a freaking minute. GET FARTHER IN THE STALL SO I CAN GET IN AND LEAN OVER THE TOILET SO I CAN SHUT THE DOOR.

Small stalls with small children = huge disaster LOL I also have a little girl name Samantha and taking her to public restrooms is a pain unless there are family restrooms which normally are HUGE!! once I actually went to one that had a small toilet and small sink just the right size for my 2 year old! It was an awesome find I must say! But I agree small stalls with those awful inward opening doors suck!

XLMuffnTop
09-14-2011, 03:37 PM
I heard all the bathroom drama when a whole floor of a building was being renovated for our department to move into. Lemme tell you, it's amazing they get built at all! They mismeasured the area by THREE FEET and didnt notice until they were framing. So they were just going to remove a stall. That would have left two for a crap load of women.

Everyone revolted and yelled and stamped their feet so they had to take room from another office to add a third stall. None are the same size. One was ridiculously narrow and the toilet was off center in the stall. The side that was closer to the wall, they put the toilet dispenser on so you ALWAYS bumped your elbow on it and had to contort yourself to grab a few squares to toilet paper before wrenching your back.

After all this effort, they had to tear down the stall doors and move them all over closer to the (one) sink because it wasn't ADA compliant!! :lol:

Really?!? And yes, all the stall doors (except the handicap one) open inward.

HadEnough
09-14-2011, 04:50 PM
a crap load of women.

ROFLMAO! No pun intended I am sure!!!!! :rofl:

Bethedee
09-14-2011, 06:18 PM
This thread basically just made my day. You're right, the construction is super annoying; I just never noticed it before! Usually I just skip off to the handicaps, subconsciously understanding the pains of inward opening doors!

XLMuffnTop
09-14-2011, 06:51 PM
ROFLMAO! No pun intended I am sure!!!!! :rofl:

:D Puns are my specialty.

Tomato
09-14-2011, 09:55 PM
It's not just you. I find that in most public places the toilet stalls are just ridiculous. (BTW, I prefer the handicap stalls for the same reason). I have never really been that big but I always found it hard to squeeze past the door (open inward) without wiping one wall with my back. Ugh. And the worst thing is that often the area in front of the stalls is big enough for ballroom dancing.
I don't know who designs these.

XLMuffnTop
09-15-2011, 02:39 PM
Heh! Some very not smart people! It's bad enough not having room in the stall but the reno of the men's bathroom here went just as bad!

They installed the door to the men's restroom to swing in a way that would allow everyone to see anyone standing at the urinals when open. :rofl: Yet another thing that had to be corrected. They really need input from "regular" folks. ;)

Mimzzy
09-15-2011, 03:12 PM
I agree! I have large breasts for someone of my size, my mother actually calls me a freak of nature due to having a waist size of 32 and a cup size of J. I have a problem with the girls getting in the way of the door! Sometimes I actually need to squish them down a little in order to get out of the damn bathroom! l was always embarrassed to admit this, but thanks to everyone I now realize its not just me :D

Mickeypnd
09-15-2011, 03:43 PM
I hate public restrooms! not only because they're public restrooms, but because of the stalls. The only ones i found i can use without problems is the ones at walmart. lol.

i think we should start a boycott on public restroom stall doors...

SoHereitGoes
09-15-2011, 08:37 PM
I wonder if it differs from place to place because I've seen this issue on these boards a lot.. but have never experienced it myself. Even at my highest weight :?:

Regera Dowdy
09-16-2011, 12:13 AM
SoHereitGoes, I was wondering that too. I haven't seen a thread like this before, so it's news to me. I never realized all the doors open inward until you all mentioned it, but it's rarely a problem for me unless the stall is very narrow. I'm glad if the lock works and there's soap and tissue.

Now I wonder if they build massive stalls in my neck of the woods. If I were venture elsewhere, maybe I'll put up an epic struggle to exit the stall...and end up falling into a toilet. :o

April Snow
09-16-2011, 12:28 AM
I always notice after a drink or two that the toilet is always off center too lol

ha!!

loving this entire thread, because it is so true. and why is there always that one stall that is barely wider than the toilet itself? you'd have to be a munchkin to fit in there!

Sunshine73
10-05-2011, 12:10 AM
This might be one of the most awesomely weird threads I've ever read here! But it's SO true - I don't know who decided that the stalls had to be SO itty bitty that even a skinny gal has to practically flush herself to the Ministry of Magic just to open the door. Bleh!

canadianwoman
10-05-2011, 12:44 AM
built by a man!

They must have been. :mad:

KD1234
10-05-2011, 01:25 AM
And THIS is why I PREFER the handicap stall. No need for modern-day circus trickery just to go in and have a good pee!! :D

THIS!!!

It's really pathetic how SMALL some stalls are. I especially hate when they're small... and then they put the toilet paper dispenser at the same level of the toliet. NO ROOM! Who designs these things!

canadianwoman
10-05-2011, 01:48 AM
Who designs these things!

We have decided that it is men......extremely skinny men. :D

IsobelRose22
10-05-2011, 06:03 AM
Its no different in England. Abnormally small stalls and weird door construction so you feel like you have to try and be a contortionist to get out.

theCandEs
10-06-2011, 12:58 PM
That's funny! I was just thinking about this the other day. Why can't the stupid doors open out?? It makes no sense!

Esofia
10-07-2011, 07:16 PM
And this will be why I hear so many complaints from other disabled people that they can't get to the disabled toilet because someone currently able-bodied has pinched it.

bargoo
10-07-2011, 07:39 PM
I am surprised at how many of you , who don't need to, use the handicapped stall.

PS if the doors opened OUT, anyone could open it from the outside leaving you exposed to the whole world or at least anyone in the ladies room.

luckyme0510
10-07-2011, 08:53 PM
So I understand the necessity of stalls that open inwards... even though I hate the awkwardness of practically having to "climb" out of it (for some reason I always feel like it is so much harder to get out than it was to get in even though that scientifically doesn't make much sense. It especially sucks when I have my three yearold with me too... and I'm a big germaphobe and it completely freaks me out when it is practically invevitable for her to touch something on either our way in or out.... anyway... back to the big practicality of it opening inwards...

SAFETY HAZARD... went to a public restroom a few days ago and almost got knocked out twice by outward swinging doors, lol. I felt my life was in danger in that bathroom, and the first thing I thought about was this post LMAO!

theCandEs
10-07-2011, 08:58 PM
I am surprised at how many of you , who don't need to, use the handicapped stall.

PS if the doors opened OUT, anyone could open it from the outside leaving you exposed to the whole world or at least anyone in the ladies room.

I don't use the handicapped stall, ordinarily. And, to answer the second point, that is why they put locks on the inside of the doors, just like in the handicapped stall.

I can understand luckyme0510's post, though. I wouldn't want to be in danger of the doors hitting me, so I guess that is why they do it.

noregrets4me
10-07-2011, 09:11 PM
Sorry ladies, but I have to use the handicap stall due to physical limitations and I get really ticked when able-bodied people use them for their convenience. I know not every disabled person has a "visible" disability - but I'd say at least 90% of the time the stall is occupied, it's not by a handicapped person. Remember, there's only one handicap stall generally.

Don't hate me!! :dunno:

bargoo
10-07-2011, 09:14 PM
I don't hate you but am surprised how many use the handicapped stall when they don't have a handicap. Do these same people park in the handicapped parking spaces because no one is parked there ?

luckyme0510
10-07-2011, 09:39 PM
Just my two cents about the handicapped bathroom thing... didn't realize it was such a big deal. I don't use it because the toilet is usually taller than in the regular stalls, and I hover, the taller the toilet the harder it is if you get my drift. The few times I actually have used it I never feel like I am doing something wrong (definitely not like I would feel if I parked in a handicapped spot) mostly because the only thing that the stall offers is more space, which you would only really need if your handicap involved you using a wheelchair... and I can honestly say in my 23 years of life I have never run into someone in a wheelchair in the restroom.

shcirerf
10-08-2011, 02:46 AM
Great thread!:D

Now, hang onto your hats, because I have a BR story for you.

Back in the 90's my hub was making a regular trucking run, hauling railroad cars by semi, from a train wreck site to a car repair shop. I was driving escort pick up. We were running from Walsenburg, CO. to Amarrillo, TX, then through Dumas, TX, down Raton, NM pass and back into Walsenburg.

It is God's forever from Dumas to Raton. On one trip we finally got to Raton and had to stop at the weigh station and I had to pee like no other. I bailed out of my S10 escort truck and ran into the weigh station and INTO the WOMEN'S restroom.

The shortest stall ever. After I got myself plunked on the john, my knees were hitting the door. But, it was clean and had plenty of TP, so I'm happy. :D

This was also a 2 stall john. The next thing I know, the weigh station officer is banging on the outer door and then comes in and says, "THIS IS THE LADIES RESTROOM".

Well, duh! I cracked open the stall door, stuck my head out and said, "THE LAST TIME I LOOKED I WAS A LADY!"

Slammed the stall door shut and happily finished my business.

Embarrassed the poor man to death. He apologized all over himself, and let the guys out of a ticket. It seems, that it was a time when women truck drivers were becoming more common and he was having issues with men thinking the womens was just as good as the mens.

He was so worried I would sue over his barging in, I know it was not funny to him, but it still cracks me up. THE DAY I ALMOST GOT KICKED OUT OF THE LADIES RESTROOM!

Cali Doll
10-08-2011, 09:30 AM
I always use the handicapped stall when it's available (but I rarely use public restrooms anyway because I'm an extreme germaphobe).

As long as there isn't a handicapped person waiting to use the handicapped stall, I don't see anything wrong with using it. Personally, I don't think the stall is "handicapped only", I think it's "handicapped accessible"...there's a difference.

Personally, I hate small stalls and in-swinging doors (even though I understand it) but more than that I hate over sensitive auto-flushers that flush while I'm still hovering! ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Now if you add the auto-flusher to a small stall that I can't run out of, it's like my worst nightmare. :P

shcirerf
10-08-2011, 09:54 AM
As long as there isn't a handicapped person waiting to use the handicapped stall, I don't see anything wrong with using it. Personally, I don't think the stall is "handicapped only", I think it's "handicapped accessible"...there's a difference. :P


I never thought about it that way, but good point!

swtbttrfly23
10-08-2011, 02:51 PM
I can deal with the typical bathroom stall, I just can't wait to be able to fit in an airplane bathroom!

bargoo
10-08-2011, 02:54 PM
I can deal with the typical bathroom stall, I just can't wait to be able to fit in an airplane bathroom!

They are hard to fit into even if you weigh 100 pounds.