Public Toilets Are NEVER Fully Enclosed… The Reason Why Makes TOTAL Sense.
Public bathrooms are probably the most benign and uninspiring places in the world. In fact, most of the time we can’t wait to get in and get out as quickly as humanly possible.
But there is one interesting aspect of public restrooms that’s overlooked, and the reasons for it make a lot of sense. You probably haven’t noticed this before (and if you have, it probably wasn’t for a good reason), but check out the explanation below. You’ll never look at public restrooms the same way again.
This is a pretty standard scene in a public restroom.
Looking at this image, it seems like there’s not much to question.
But there’s something you’re missing.
It’s a quality shared by most North American bathrooms.
Can you tell what it is?
Hint: Check out the floor and the ceiling.
That’s right: There’s a whole lot of space between the door and the floor/ceiling.
But The Question Is, Why?
One explanation is emergencies.
If someone has a problem in a stall, it’s easier for people to realize what’s going on and come in and help.
The gaps also prevent bad behaviors.
Drug use, fighting, and sex, to name a few.
It’s also all about money.
Installing doors like this are easier to measure for and cheaper to install.
Think about it: Public restrooms are everywhere, but they don’t make money.
So when it comes time to outfit them, the cheaper, the better.
They’re also cheaper to repair when things go wrong.
And yes, sometimes things go very, very wrong.
It also helps people tell if the bathroom is occupied.
Because let’s face it, having to knock and interrupt someone is the worst.
They also come in handy when you run out of toilet paper.
We’ve all been there.
And they are designed with kids in mind.
It’s a lot safer for a young person to go into a stall if they have a foolproof way out.
We do admit, there are some drawbacks to the design.
Things can get a little bit uncomfortable, however rarely.
And sometimes, the gaps mean we see things we don’t want to see.
It’s even worse when the floors aren’t clean.
But at the end of the day, this subtle characteristic of public restrooms seems like it’s intentional, and for the best.
So just keep sitting pretty (preferably with your feet on the floor), and you shouldn’t have any problems.