Dear Salty: Quick question. Can I use the men’s bathroom if the women’s one is in use? (I’m a lady.)
Sure, I’ve got no problem with this. I assume you’re talking about those single-room type setups, in which case, who cares which you use? Is some dude going to be bothered by the fact that a lady peed in the bowl before he did? Let’s hope not.
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Since that only took about four seconds to answer, ol’ Salty has some additional thoughts about bathroom she’d really like to get off her chest.
- This is just one reason gender-neutral bathrooms are better. They’re important to customers who don’t feel comfortable using the male/female-labeled bathrooms, but they’re also good for just… letting people use whichever one is open. If there’s no difference between the men’s and women’s single-stall rooms (except for possibly a urinal), why bother putting signs on them in the first place?
- Put changing tables in men’s bathrooms. Either have one of those “family” bathrooms, or put fold-up changing tables in guys’ bathrooms, too. Like dads don’t change diapers these days?
- Don’t waste your time judging other people’s bathroom use. I personally don’t give a rat’s backside who I pee next to—when I have a two-minute break from my tables, I don’t care if it’s the King Of England in the stall next to me. In single-room bathrooms especially, why bother worrying about who comes in and out of which bathroom? That person coming out of the women’s bathroom doesn’t “look like a lady?” Who cares, sonny, mind your own dang beeswax.
- In an emergency, all bets are off. Some people have medical conditions or get sick or what have you, and I’d much rather a man use the women’s room than puke on the restaurant’s floor waiting for his to open up.
Happy tinkling, folks.
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