Women’s Room Etiquette – Is There Such A Thing?

So I know that restroom lines for women are always interminably long and most times, I am patient. But when the inconvenience extends to more than just lines, it gets annoying.

I never understand how there are always lines to go to the women’s restroom, but never on the men’s restroom. What do women do in there? The stalls are too small to do anything else but your business, yet for some reason, it takes more time to get in and out than men do. There have been times when I’ve had to resort to go into the men’s room to do my business because of long lines. Trust me, it’s not easy to do that since I’m always afraid that a man will go in and I wouldn’t know how to get out or find a place to hide.

An added annoyance about women’s restrooms is the fact that some women won’t flush and the next person who’s unlucky enough to get that stall would have to deal with it. Really? Is it that time-consuming to just step on the lever to flush whatever you deposited? It’s just inconsiderate and gross to have to see what someone else did. Most times, I will go to the next clean stall available, but if there are only three stalls and two are occupied and the one you get is the one that’s not been flushed, what do you do? When that happens, I just go in, hold my nose, flush and then do my business, but I don’t think I should have to clean up after someone else’s bodily fluids.

I don’t fault women for taking time to do what they need to do, but I don’t believe that public restrooms should be treated like their personal bathrooms. I can understand if someone needs the stall for a longer period because she may have eaten something disagreeable, but there should be some consideration for the other women who have to use the facility as well.

I’m not suggesting that a timer be placed on the counter to indicate when your time is up, especially if there are only three stalls in the facility and twenty women waiting. I would just like to think that common courtesy is not dead and one would think about the women waiting to do their business.

Growing up with two sisters and one bathroom, I learned how to do my business quickly so my siblings, mother and father could use the bathroom as well when needed. That trait has stayed with me since I do that to this day. For me, it’s a matter of fairness. While my opinions may not sit well with others, I hope that it will at least make them question how much time they spend in the restroom and be considerate of those who are waiting to use the facility. That’s my take on this, what’s yours?

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