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a wee problem

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petunia Wed 27-Mar-19 20:44:26

Can we speak of toilets? Those open for the public to use. Specifically the design of them.

This all came to a head for me as I took our three year old GC to the loo recently. I opened the cubicle door to see that the door just cleared the toilet bowl. Tricky. I then manoeuvred small grandchild around the bowl into the corner and then squeezed myself in. There were no hooks for coats, bags etc.

Sorted GC out with the wee situation but struggled to pull up the layers of clothing in a confined space, avoiding touching the bowl or trailing stuff on the damp floor.

Used the facility myself. Was mid flow when GC decided to run free. Loo door swung open, several bystanders turned to look at the commotion as I rose from the loo, knickers at half mast, trying to grab the retreating grandchild's arm while simultaneously clutching the door.

Got the door shut. GC on the inside. Pulled up my knickers. Turned to see GC lifting the lid of the sanitary bin. Sigh

So, two things strike me.

1. I must have some seriously good bladder control to stop mid flow.
2. Why are toilets for the use of the public so badly designed and poky?

Even without a mini Houdini, using the loo outside the home is fraught with irritations.

Jalima1108 Wed 27-Mar-19 20:49:10

I should not laugh but I did! grin

Yes, some public loos barely have room to swing anything, even a handbag. I do wonder how people who are obese manage to use them, as I sometimes have to sidle around the door to get in.

M&S loos all seemed to be designed for disabled people, which is excellent, however, that means that they have do have less space in the cubicle to manoeuvre.

sodapop Wed 27-Mar-19 21:06:54

Sorry that made me laugh too Petunia just envisaging you clutching your knickers whilst trying to catch the errant grandchild - priceless grin

M0nica Wed 27-Mar-19 22:23:56

Have you noticed, nowadays, the smaller the loo the larger the lockable loo paper dispenser.

I used a loo similar to the one you used petunia, (but without errant grandson, he now uses the gents) except that it also had a loo paper dispenser on the wall that occupied a space about a foot cubed at about breast height, I had to contort my body round it and once sat down I was in danger of banging my head on it.

gransal Wed 27-Mar-19 23:28:04

newbie here. just heard sgd no 5 born at 8.55 pm. all well. No name yet, will see her tomorrow. That makes 10 dgc between us,we are very lucky to see them all regularly. Just wanted to share, hope to join in more often.

Bellanonna Wed 27-Mar-19 23:33:39

Welcome gransal and congratulations. Sorry we have to meet in the toilet! Do join in some other threads and we will get to know you. It’s a bit confined in here!

Bellanonna Wed 27-Mar-19 23:38:19

Petunia that really made me laugh out loud. It’s the unpredictability of small children that’s so funny. Yes, some loos are really poky, you have no sooner navigated your way through the door than you are virtually touching the lavatory. All a bit unpleasant. I am lucky enough to be a camel so can wait till I get home and don’t come in to contact with public loos too often.

Mamissimo Wed 27-Mar-19 23:51:25

petunia - while I agree that M & S have a good number of disabled toilets they are really poorly designed.....I spent some months in a wheelchair and managed to wheel myself in....but the doors open inwards and are huge! It was impossible for me to pull the door open and get my wheelchair round it. Luckily I heard voices outside and a kind lady let me out. I never went to a loo on my own again until I was able to walk again.

annodomini Thu 28-Mar-19 00:09:05

My bugbear has been loos in airports and stations when I've had a bag or suitcase taking up space meaning that I have to squeeze in behind the bag and try to shut the door.

LullyDully Thu 28-Mar-19 07:51:59

We landed in Oslo Airport a few years ago ( family wedding) GD, 3, insisted on going to the loo. We had no Krona. So we had to get money and change. Eventually made it inside. It turned out she didn't need to pee, just wanted to look inside a Norwegian ladies! Bless ???

Witzend Thu 28-Mar-19 08:06:30

Lullydully, I'm shocked at an airport loo - especially in the arrivals area - that you have to pay for! Most non locals who've just landed will not have coins. I don't think I've ever come across that before, and I very often use the first available after 'de-planing', as they say across the pond.

Was similarly put out at Boston some years ago, where having just landed, you needed a coin for the trolley. I think it's changed now, though, and about time too.

My pet loo-hate is no hooks to hang bag(s) on. Most do seem to have them now.

Jane10 Thu 28-Mar-19 08:09:15

Oh such a familiar situation!
However, I'm not always the embarrassed party: one day, while having a wee in a restaurant loo, a small child commando crawled under the door. I don't know who was more surprised me or him! He rapidly reversed though and I could hear him getting a big row from his own gran. When I passed his table on returning to my table we both avoided eye contact!

petunia Thu 28-Mar-19 08:51:35

in my time i have been in all manner of loos. the good, the bad and the downright ugly
went to a loo in a service station once, in germany,and it was fabulous. something from homes and gardens crossed with the star ship enterprise. i was enthralled with the loo seat that, at the push of a button, was drawn into the back of the loo, was cleaned and dried and rotated around and around. such joy

B9exchange Thu 28-Mar-19 09:07:48

I think a contender for the prize of best loo has to be this one in a Thai hotel. How can you possibly choose from that selection? grin

Minshy Thu 28-Mar-19 09:41:36

Doors that open outwards are the best I think.

Charleygirl5 Thu 28-Mar-19 09:42:45

I was in my local Waitrose one day last year when I was using crutches after recent surgery, I managed to shimmy around the door but it was a tight squeeze. I felt very sorry for a young, slender lady who happened to be very pregnant and had more of a job shimmying around the door with great difficulty.

DanniRae Thu 28-Mar-19 09:43:44

Years ago I went into a loo in a bar in Holland. Seeing a button to push I did so and much to my amazement the plastic toilet seat cover proceeded to sort of shimmy around until the seat had a whole new plastic cover! I was fascinated and all my female friends in the bar with me had to come and have a demonstration of the spectacle grin

petunia Thu 28-Mar-19 09:49:27

oh my B9. that has to be the ultimate. i need one installing at home. must speak to mrP straight away

Jane10 Thu 28-Mar-19 10:08:50

In a Sports Bar in Saratoga once we were horrified to discover that the 'Ladies' door had no lock on it and, even worse, opened out straight in to the bar. I lost my interest in having a drink that evening!

EllanVannin Thu 28-Mar-19 10:31:13

>>>>>>>another camel here. After a long night of coach travelling with my friend the driver stopped just outside Montmarte ( on our way to Spain ) and we'd landed in the dark ages with a toilet area resembling a shippan with holes in the floor. My friend was desperate but I'd been prepared to hang on. The stench would have knocked your hat off !

From that day, we never complained about toilets.

Blinko Thu 28-Mar-19 10:32:51

I've posted this story before, but as it was ages ago, and another thread, it's worth another airing.

I was sitting on one of those public loos as you do, when the giant loo roll dispenser fell on me. There I was, trying to organise loo paper, pants and the door whilst at the same time, holding up the dispenser.

If ever I needed more hands....

GrandmasueUK Thu 28-Mar-19 10:42:22

In Lisbon airport the floors of the loos are so highly polished they are like a mirror and you can see straight into the next cubicle! One of the hotels also has translucent doors on the public toilets - great, especially at night when the lights are on and you can almost see everything inside.

Lilyflower Thu 28-Mar-19 10:51:14

To me loos are so important that I judge everything by them. I wouldn't give a restaurant a decent review if the ladies' loo wasn't lovely as well as the food being good.

I am appalled at some large coffee chains which have seating for about eighty and just one unisex disabled loo.

I always check to see if there is loo paper (and easily removed from the dispenser too) even though I always have a back-up packet of tissues for emergencies.

I like decent pump soap and love the bonus of handcream too.

Loos should be regularly checked and cleaned and the loo rolls topped up. They should also be single sex. Men are not as fastidious as women and I don't want to see a chap when I exit a lavatory to wash my hands. Some things should be sacred and privacy is one of them.

annodomini Thu 28-Mar-19 10:52:36

Favourite loo of all time: A loo with a view, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, on the bank of a small river - it had no door, but you could enjoy the view as long as a friend was standing guard.

Nanny27 Thu 28-Mar-19 10:59:27

Having rather too many 🤨 small dgc's I seem to find myself with depressing regularity in public loos with short people! Having negotiated tiny cubicles I squat in front of the pan holding a little one and trying to keep them from running hands around the rim. However the hardest part is yet to come. Having to hold a wriggling toddler up in front of a sink, turn on the tap and apply soap whilst keeping hold of my bag. (between my teeth). Next comes the handryers but that delight will wait for a future rant!