it was like a sick peep show!

United States
September 30, 2009 6:06am CST
i was on a road trip and we had stopped at what seemed to be an ok gas station to use the restroom and i ran ahead of this woman and her kids because i REALLY had to go and so i get into the stall and they go into the other stall which is handicapped and the only other stall and i realize that the gaps between the door and stall wall or the stall walls meeting up is AT LEAST TWO INCHES APART if not more! i mean you could see in to all of them and each others.. it was awful! im not a shy person but um i dont want to pee in front of kids or anyone! wtf were these people thinking?!?! i mean didnt they think it was a little far spaced when putting them up?? took me forever to go just because i was hoping the other people would leave but 3 kids and their mom had to take turns and so it was a long wait lol... have you ever had this problem where the bathroom stalls were so gapped its was as if there was NOTHING between you and everyone else? did you still go or hold it to the next stop?
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@p1kef1sh (45681)
30 Sep 09
I was in France once and dashed into a public loo without paying my 20 centimes (pre-Euro days). I was standing at the urinal doing my stuff when I became aware of a very prim and slightly irritated lady standing beside me. Initially I thought that maybe I had gone to the Ladies by mistake. Then I realised that I was in the right place and that she had come for her money. Well I couldn't stop as I was in full flow - so I smiled, apologised, finished, zipped up, washed my hands and then gave her the money. She never took her eyes off me once!
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• United States
1 Oct 09
i cant believe you had to pay! thats nuts!!
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@maximax8 (31055)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 09
I wouldn't have wanted the kids to watch me in the restroom. I would have wished to use the restroom alone. It would have been fine if there were three stalls, from the ground to the ceiling and lockable doors on each one. I am very keen on traveling. I didn't like it when I went to a restroom in Los Angeles and there were no stalls. The restroom had a row of toilets and no privacy was offered. So I waited until I reached the next restroom. In Indonesia the toilets were a hole in the ground, water and no toilet paper. Rather that use a tire in the middle of a gas station I went to the bushes hidden from the road, other travelers and local people.
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• Singapore
3 Oct 09
maximax8, Talking about holes, just remember to look before you place your foot down around the rest area of elephant trekking tours in Chiangrai, Thailand. Don't worry, it is not land mines but poorly covered "shite" holes. You just would not want to smell for the whole night.
• United States
1 Oct 09
what kills me is there was a boy with her old enough to go to the mens and be ok so having a little boy be able to see me was disturbing!
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@Ravenladyj (22904)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I can honestly say I've never been in a public bathroom like that! but if I found myself in that sort of situation I'd definately wanna pee as fast as possible and get the heck out before they did LOL..
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• United States
1 Oct 09
i was trying but i could not concentrate for crap lol.. i dont have a shy bladder as far as public restrooms but im used to some privacy though!
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@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
30 Sep 09
Hi, There's this new trend in the restrooms nowadays where they won't put a partition wall between the male loos. It gives me a very sick feeling. I simply have to hold it up unless the next person is a bit far from me. Your incident really seems to be a "sick peep show."
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• United States
1 Oct 09
i dont see how guys get used to the urinals and not having privacy! it would drive me nuts
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• New Zealand
30 Sep 09
Haha privacy win! Hey sometimes these things happen, this one time I was at a public stall and the door opened to a toilet that faced sideways, so i ran in and in a hurry I forgot to lock the door some kid of about 10 walked in took a gander said sorry and left. Awkward much? It was really strange and I know how you feel, maybe not as bad though.
• United States
30 Sep 09
i went to one place and i know i locked the door but midway through it it popped open to a few people and im like wtf?!?!?! shut it and hoped not many people noticed or realized
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@submerryn (1304)
• Malaysia
30 Sep 09
lol moonlitmagikchild, When I visited China, I experience something 'nice' - Restroom without doors. You had to 'pretend' that no one was watching and do your business like it is nobody's business. Did I go ahead? Of course not. I was holding it like gosh, no word is crazy enough to describe it. One of my friends was smart enough to use the umbrella to shield herself though! :P
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• United States
30 Sep 09
ugh that is horrible.. i think i would have asked a friend (if you had one with you) to stand in front of me to block the view lol
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@Eisenherz (2908)
• Portugal
1 Oct 09
Yeah, that stinks. Can't say I have ever had it happening to me but if there's something that annoys me more than people who are noisy is people who can't seem to respect the privacy of another.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
yeah i agree
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@dld999 (118)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I'm a guy and I had an interesting experience in Japan. Our bus had stopped at a roadside coffee house. Anyway, the restroom for men was just a big square building with the type of open urinal that runs from the floor drain up halfway up the wall. It's all metal. To get in through the rather large open (no door) entrance, you had to politely elbow your way through the wives standing in the doorway shouting at their husbands while the men stood there and peed. For as much as they were looking in and carrying on yelling conversations, they could have just as easily walked in with their husbands and carried on a normal conversation.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
that sounds crazy!!
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I've never encountered that in a public bathroom...thank goodness because I'd be like you. I am very modest when it comes to that sort of thing. Once when I was attending a concert and I had to pee. My brother was in the band and there were no public bathrooms. It was an outdoor concert in the middle of nowhere. I walked way way out in the woods. Just as I pulled down my pants to take a pee I heard my brother on the intercom announcing that he wanted to introduce his sister who was in the audience. When I did not appear, he announced...Oh...she's probably up in the woods peeing. we'll wait a minute. OMG...you have no idea what an embarrassing moment that was.
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
1 Oct 09
ya...I almost did! it was a memorable moment anyway.
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@david2005 (798)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
Wow an idiot must have put them together cause I have never had that problem yet!
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• United States
1 Oct 09
ive never seen anything like it before i hope its not gonna be a trend!
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@saundyl (9783)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
I've never had that happen HOWEVER i admit i hate public washrooms so much i will try and hold it as long as i possibly can rather than using one.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
i did that as a kid and stretched out my bladder too much to where some times i have issues with my bladder and so i try to just bite the bullet and use it even if i dont want to unless i know i will be home really soon
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@kitty42 (3923)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Hello I had this problem when it seemed like the person washing their hands can see me, really uncomfortable to say the least, I usually use the last stall or first depending on how its situated this way I have a little privacy. Thank you, good discussion.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
i usually use the first stall just because studies show that the first stall is used less therefore has less germs
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@kitty42 (3923)
• United States
3 Oct 09
Hello Well there you have it lol, I didn't know this but I am glad I always follow my mind, there may be a chance the people that actually put these things together don't think about our privacy, you ever see how the urinals are set up for men, if I ws a man I would not like to use the bathroom with other men right next to me looking at my piggly wiggly Thank you.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
I have to say that this is one of the things I found really weird and funny when I moved from England to America - the fact that you can wave at people through the giant gaps! (I realize this may not be everywhere, but be warned if you come to Massachusetts...lol) I came to the conclusion that it was in case anyone felt the need to join hands and sing a patriotic song....land of the free, and all that... Although reading some of the replies here, about restrooms with no doors at all, etc, I say God bless America...lol....apparently some countries are VERY...erm...'free'...! You know the other thing that freaks me out, in ANY country? Little kids feeling the need to look under cubicle doors! Really. Go away.
• United States
1 Oct 09
i cant stand that.. and when their parents see it and dont stop them really makes me mad
• United States
1 Oct 09
ah, the great British wit chimes in......lol
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30 Sep 09
LOL!! I think i would have waited as well, i mean, i would not like to pee, with a bunch of kids staring in at me...unless i was desperate!, then i would go, but, as you say, sounds like they need to remodel the loo's, you want privacy, when going to the loo! :)
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@MsTickle (25180)
• Australia
6 Oct 09
Don't you just sit down and pee? Were you watching all them go...weren't they too busy going themselves to watch you. I fail to see the problem.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
23 Nov 09
ha ha ha ha ha... I understand what you mean. Back then, I was on a training stint in Australia. And Australia being the green country, had these dowmus worms systems where the toilets are totally flush-less and waterless. All you have to do is to do your business down the chute that they erected and the worms will do the rest. Well, the cubicles all have doors. But the darn doors are so high up, and all the cubicles are all the squatting types, when you squat, the lower half of your privates can be seen by all who comes into the toilet! The first few days we didn't noticed as each of us used the toilets at different times of the day and the toilets were quiet and "private" due to lack of human traffic. It was when we came back from training and everyone has to go that we discovered the height of the toilet was actually so high. Opposite the cubicles are a roll of basins where you could brush your teeth, wash your face... etc So imagine, all you got to do is just stand in front of the mirror and you get a full monty view of all those using the cubicles doing their business. All the dongs on display, together with the big business going on! Sure makes you lose your appetite early in the morning! And then comes the second thoughts... I HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME DISPLAY FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS AND I AM NOT EVEN AWARE! Some call it memorable. Others call it a hard to forget training trip!
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
24 Nov 09
ha ha ha ha ha...
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• United States
23 Nov 09
ugh i cant even imagine!!
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Sep 09
hi moonlitmagikchild well I might have wanted to wait til'the next stop but since that was two or more hours on the trailway bus I was on, I did go ahead and go even though I cou ld see one little kid squinting up at me from being on his hands andknees in the next stall. I blame the mom for not controlling the little imp and the designers of public restrooms too. they just dont think of our privacy.
• United States
1 Oct 09
it really bugs me when the parents let their kids look under the doors and stuff
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• United States
1 Oct 09
Rushing in the restroom at the Denver airport, that particular one was very crowded. My turn came, I went into the stall, and started my business. Suddenly, I noticed something moving beside me! The sanitary napkin waste basket was not in place, and there was a square of nothing between the other stall and I. I had noticed a carry on being wheeled in, which had caught my attention. It was at the level where an effort would of had to been made to really see anything, but I was still amazed I had not noticed it before.
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@happy6162 (3001)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I have never been in a restroom like that before. If I was I would go as fast as I could. Once when I was in a public restroom a little girl was looking under the stalls as people were using them. When her mother finely saw her she took the little girl aside and took her that was not nice to do. She ask if would like someone doing that when she was going the little said no and did not do it again.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
at least her mom talked to her.. i hate it when parents let their kids do it and dont say anything
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I think I would have been in the same boat as you. I have a hard time using the bathroom when I know that there is someone in the room besides myself. It isn't because of the gap in the door that I'm like this because it embarasses me if it is even a bathroom with stalls. I am the kind of person that prefers the bathrooms that have the full doors on all of the stalls. So they are more like individual rooms than stalls. Once I think I am going to get to use the restroom I am never able to hold it until the next stop.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
those types are really nice but i rarely see them =(
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• India
1 Oct 09
Ha.that must have been a bad experience!!i ve had a lot of such experiences.But finally i do it,no matter how many are watchin!!!!
• United States
1 Oct 09
ugh i hope i dont have to deal with it again