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I had a hilarious time the other night. I visited the bathroom in a neighborhood dive because I needed to take a ####. Well, normally I use the restroom before going out but this time I guess I forgot. Anyhow, as I said, this was a complete dive. The first thing I noticed about the bathroom door was that it did not lock. So I went to another bathroom in the place, same problem. The management has reasons for making sure the doorknobs cannot be locked. I had to sit on the john stooped over with my hand against the door which was very discomforting to say the least. What a mistake to have gone there. Have any of you had similar situations? Usually when I go out I do consider what the restroom is like in the establishment, it's an important amenity after all!
 

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One of my favorite subjects, I think someone should write a guide to bathroom and award them stars for ammenities. A lot of my life revolves around going where there are good clean bathrooms and another big factor is privacy. Or did ever to go so bad you just rushed in and let go only to find there was no toilet paper yikes a horror show. It is so embarassing to have loud smelly IBS in a public bathroom with a large audience in other stalls. Also on a trip you have to calculate the miles between reststops like can I make it 43miles to the next stop. One of the reason I like to go gambling is casinos have great bathrooms and they are plentiful. My real preference would be to go to a beach, or boating we have a great sport boat but it has no bathroom I have spent many agonizing hours as we headed for a dock on the boat. ------------------�� wherever you go there you are
 
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This is absolutely hysterical! Only fellow IBS'r can relate to the bathroom dilemma. My friends think I'm nuts but I'm a bathroom conscious freak. I'll try only to go where I know the bathrooms are as clean as possible. Certain department stores have cleaner bathrooms than others...some restaurants are better than others. When I lived in the southern part of CT, I used to drive the routes where I knew the bathrooms were decent in case I had to make a quick stop.Oh, hotels usually have decent bathrooms too.The beach is a definite problem for me! Those bathrooms are not clean!! Ugh!
 

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I totally agree about the gamling casinos. They all have great restrooms, clean, plenty of stalls plus the restrooms themselves are usually so busy and noisy, nobody can hear the "noises" made in the stalls ( if you get my drift) My least favorite public restrooms are those found in fancy hotels or restaurants where they have a "Restroom Attendent" on duty. I walked in one, once when there was nobody in there but me and the attendent. I literally couldn't go, because it was so quiet and she was right outside the stall wiping sinks or whatever attendents do. It made me so uncomfortable knowing she would hear me and then I would have to out and face her one on one that I left the hotel and ran to a McDonalds's across the street. This happened when my husband and I were on vacation in New York City and I know I would never have to see that woman again, but I still just couldn't "go" in there.------------------"Today is the first day of the rest of your life"Rose
 

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I like the federal law wash your hands signs for food workers signs in there. I don't know about were you guys are but every food worker were I live looks like the're from the third world. Scary huh?
 

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Blair - LMAO! Yep, those "please wash your hands..." signs always catch my attention. I always appreciate being reminded when in a restaurant of the possibly of the cooks NOT having washed their hands before preparing my food! Yeah, and some of them do look like freaks! I hate being able to see into the kitchen when I'm out eating - would rather NOT have to see WHO is preparing my meal! What you DON'T see won't upset you...!Ken - what I hate is the huge spaces in the bathroom doors so you feel like EVERYBODY can see you in there! Talk about lack of privacy - bad enough that they can "hear" me, I don't need them to "see" me too!
 

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I went to the Sears department store and found they had started a remodeling project and did not tell me. My first stop is the Restroom as soon as you come into the store now it is not there. The next one was in the ladies underwear department. Now it too is gone. I guess I will not be shopping at that Sears anymore.Linda
 

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I especially dislike the bathroom stalls that have huge cracks between the door and people stand outside of them and look through while you are sitting on the throne. I had one woman just openly watching me so I got up, got toilet paper in long strands, balled up the end of it and put it in the top of the crack so that the rest of it hung down to the floor. Problem solved. I can't believe the nerve of some people! I actually like a little privacy when I am in the bathroom whether it is at home or in public!
 

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Jen - that is what I was saying... BUT I've never actually encountered anyone who "stared in" at me! My God, the nerve of some people!
 

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Some of the worst times for me were when my children were too small to walk. This was before ADA, and not all public bathrooms had handicapped stalls that would accommodate a stroller. I couldn't leave them outside the stall--what if a babysnatcher came in?--and you sure wouldn't want to lay them on the floor in the stall, so I'd have my attack of D with a baby balanced on my knees or tucked under one arm. Not an easy feat!
 
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LNAPE. . . I know how you feel. The Barnes and Noble closest to my house recently put locks on their bathroom doors and now you have to go to the front, wait until everybody in line has paid, and then ask for a key. I don't think so. There are too many other bookstores around, and since bookstores really set off my IBS, I can't tolerate one without a quickly available bathroom.
 

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I just been to lowe's lately and used the restroom and it was great. They had installed this huge exhust fan or AC blower and that was all you could hear running when you were in the John. Great Idea.Linda
 
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wow, it sounds like some folks are bagging books in the john... what a shame but the costs of books has skyrocketed so I guess there are more than a few thieves around..."Where there is a beggar there is also a myth" Jean Paul Sartre
 
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Well, I just have to add my two cents in defense of Barnes and Noble. B & N here in Eugene, OR has the best public bathroom in town. And I should know!
It is not locked and it is big with plenty of ventilation and, best of all, I don't think anybody else knows it is there so it's always unoccupied. Yes, I think we should all pool our resources and write a Guide To Bathrooms of the World with stars and a classification system: Superior, Good, Mediocre, and Downright Filthy and Smelly.
 
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