I work in an office building which has bathrooms of all three floors. Or….there are bathrooms are the first and second floor; and a hidden gem in the basement.
As with most office buildings, there are multiple stalls in the rest room and they are rarely ever full. When you have other business, which requires a bit more privacy, that is what the upstairs is for. The facilities on the second floor, are just about identical; with the exception of a little extra stall at the end of the room. PERFECTO! Problem is EVERYONE in the office knows what the upstairs is for. So basically, if you are caught descending the staircase of shame……anyone who sees you knows you had to poop. No matter how many times you have read the book “Everybody Poops”, no one really wants to have it noticed.
About a month ago, while walking off a stressful situation at work, I found a “locker room” in the basement. The only thing at the end of the staircase is the elevator, a door to the garage/parking lot and both a men’s and woman’s locker rooms. No one had ever mentioned these options….hmmmmmm…..wonder what’s in there. Turns out, two showers, lockers, plenty of counter space and outlets to get ready and ….A TOILET!
Just like the one upstairs, you have to walk right up on it, to know if it is open or not. And because it is so hidden it requires signals, to note occupancy. Today was the first time, I walked in on someone washing their hands after using the loo. There was no turning back, we all knew what I was in here for; so I made a passive comment about it being full upstairs. I locked the door, she left and all was right with the world…..until I heard the door slowly creep open. To protect my identity and announce “NO VACANCY” I flushed. That’s the international signal for GTFOIP (get the eff out…I’m pooping)
What makes this different from the bathrooms on the second floor? Cause when you leave, you step into the elevator; and everyone will just assume you parked in the garage.