Toilet Stalls--With And Without Doors

Muncie, Indiana
August 11, 2008 1:35pm CST
IMO, we women have it good because it's required by law that we have doors with locks on our stalls in a multi-stalled public restroom. However, men's multi-stalled restrooms often not only don't have locks on the doors but, also, no doors--period! While some men don't seem to care, there are others who aren't really comfortable with this arrangement, and I can't say that I blame them. Let's discuss why it's commonplace not to have doors on the stalls in men's restrooms. [i]One more thing: This is the fourth in a series of ten of discussions I have started/will be starting since celebrating my 1001st post here. If you'd like to take part of that celebration, go here...[/i] http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1632990.aspx
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@dimboom (14)
11 Aug 08
Because us men are so savagely and primitive we don't mind having a conversation while doing our business. And since we don't mind the conversation we obviously don't mind the door missing. Kidding, I think it's just the stupid fact like boys will be boys. None of us really think ahead, and you know, it's kind of manly and cool to break off the door. So why not do it? But then you don't really think that you might end up having to use that stall. Or you don't even think that there are other idiots like you out there that break doors on other stalls and it kind of comes back around. Stall door karma, sort of. :)
• Muncie, Indiana
11 Aug 08
Hmmmmmm...I never thought of that. These stalls seem to have been built that way--but, perhaps, built that way after enough men thought it was macho to rip them off their hinges to where they just gave up on putting them on in the first place. Actually, we women will talk to each other at times while using the bathroom. But we're just not on display for everybody and her sister who happens to come in there--or on the occasions when some guy wanders in accidentally or accidentally-on-purpose being on display for everyone and his brother. One time, I really had to pee badly when I found out that the maintenance man was in the women's restroom cleaning things up. He was about my dad's age or older, so I told him that if he didn't mind my coming on in, I didn't mind his staying in to finish what he was doing, so I went on in, took a stall on the opposite side of the room, and did my business. As I was washing my hands at the sink, he and I engaged in small talk. Then I left, and he was still cleaning things up. As for men talking to each other while in the stall, our minister told this story just yesterday about this guy who was sitting in a restroom stall in an airport doing his business when he hears this guy in the next stall say, "Good Morning!" The man wasn't really used to having another man starting a conversation with him when they were both using the restroom, but he decided that there wasn't that much wrong with it, so he responded, "Good Morning!" back at him. The guy asked him how he was doing that day, and he replied that he was doing fine. The other guy said something else, and he replied--and, then, the other guy said, "I need to hang up and call you back later, because there's a guy in the next stall answering all of my questions!"
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11 Aug 08
I have no real idea to tell you the truth. I don't know anybody that goes around ripping doors off of stalls. Or anything disgusting that goes on in a men's bathroom. Trust me, doors missing is not the biggest problem in men's bathrooms... Not even close... As for that joke. Funny stuff. =D
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• Muncie, Indiana
11 Aug 08
Believe it or not, that was a true story! And I can believe it, because both my mom and I have gone shopping and answered a near-by "Hello!"--only to find out that we were getting into a conversation with somebody talking on a cell-phone. This has happened to Russell as well! In case you don't know who Russell is, go here... http://www.freewebs.com/learn-about-iyn/
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I had no idea that mens stalls often did not have locks or even doors. Gross!! I will have to ask my husband about that when he gets home from work.
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• Muncie, Indiana
11 Aug 08
Do that! And, as soon as you get his take on this question, please share it here! I have the feeling that it would be interesting...
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• United States
11 Aug 08
The removal of doors in men's restrooms has to do usually with discouraging public acts of homosexuality. That's the truth of it. One down side to this is it allows theives to literally catch a victim with his pants down. I personally am acquainted with an individual who was almost killed when a man with a straight razor attacked him for his wallet while his pants were down sitting on a public toliet. The good news is that our hero kept his wallet and his life but did lose quite a bit of blood and had to make a trip to an emergency room.
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@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
11 Aug 08
The only time I have ever heard of mens bathrooms not having stall doors at boot camp when you join the military.
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• Muncie, Indiana
11 Aug 08
Really!?! I've heard of them a lot of places. For example, where I went to grade school and during my first two years of high school. During my last two, we had consolidated and had a brand-new building, and the men's bathroom had doors with stalls and locks just like the ladies'. When I was four years old (sometime in 1957) and too young to go into a public restroom unaccompanied, I was in my dad's care, so he took me to a restroom at a bowling alley. I can remember this big, baldheaded man sitting on one of the toilets. I think that everything else was urinals, so we went somewhere else, as it looked as if the man were going to be there for awhile.
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• Muncie, Indiana
11 Aug 08
One more thing! I've heard that it's often commonplace in the military not to even have stalls but, instead, just a kind of trough you sit over side-by-side.
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@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Since I am a girl I don't have much experiences with mens bathrooms. I can say that my son always comments on the condition of the bathroom and I have never heard him comment on missing doors. I do know about th e military thing you are talking about, but I have only heard of that a few places - like the firing ranges.
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@Fleura (3209)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep
Never some across that, is at a US thing?