Ever taken a dump at a public or office restroom? Ever asked yourself, “Wait, why doesn’t this door go all the way down? What if someone just pops underneath randomly?” I still don’t know the answer to the latter, but I did happen to figure out why bathroom stalls aren’t fully enclosed.
Here’s why –
1. It makes cleaning easier.
There isn’t a lot of time, and there are a lot of restroom stalls to clean. Hence mopping and cleaning the floor becomes much faster and easier.
2. If there’s a medical emergency, it won’t go unnoticed.
Imagine someone passing out at one of these stalls – it could be a result of anything. But since the door doesn’t go all the way down it’s easily noticeable. Also, during an emergency, it is much easier to pull that person out of the stall, saving precious time.
3. It stops people from doing things they aren’t supposed to do. That includes getting frisky.
Since the stall isn’t enclosed completely it discourages behaviour that’s frowned upon in public. Like vandalism, graffiti, drug abuse, or even sex. Behaviour like this has actually decreased since such stalls started being globally used. People do realise it is a public place and refrain from doing something stupid in there.
4. It’s much cheaper for the owner.
Normal doors need to be made with respect to the dynamics of the room whereas such stalls can be put in any kind of room, cutting the cost by half if not more. So it’s easier to install, doesn’t require much to maintain, and is cheap.
5. It’s easier to spot someone doing their business.
There won’t be any unnecessary banging on the door. Anyone would be able to tell if the stall is occupied or not. This prevents unnecessary queuing.
6. Someone can lend you a helping hand.
No, I do not mean it that way. At all. I’m talking about another need in a public restroom – toilet paper! If you haven’t run out of toilet paper in such scenarios, thank your heavens because it can get pretty embarrassing. Thankfully, because these aren’t full stalls, you won’t be walking out all filthy and embarrassed. A friend or even a stranger can easily pass you one through the stalls.
7. It’s not an issue if you end up locking yourself.
It’s really not. You don’t have to sit on the pot and shout the next time the door gets jammed or you get locked in. All you need to do is climb over or go under to come out. Making you as self-sufficient as you always are!