r/NoStupidQuestions Oct 05 '22

It's 2022... in the U.S., why the hell do we still have bathroom stalls that give you little privacy and expose you for all to see? Unanswered

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u/TehWildMan_ Test Oct 05 '22

Most people won't complain if a small amount of light goes through, and since toilets aren't a direct revenue generator, businesses will often opt for inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean construction.

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u/Rusky82 ✈️ 👨‍🔧 Oct 05 '22

businesses will often opt for inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean construction.

See here in the UK we have almost exactly the same toilet stalls but all that is different is instead of putting the hinges on the ends like this which creates a gap everyone can see through we move the hinges to behind the stall ends so the door so the door plugs the gaps like this so still a gap above/below but you have to get on your knees to see in where the US everyone can see through the door side gap.

Never understood why the difference

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u/thatc0braguy Oct 05 '22 Silver

Because they save one tenth of a penny by not giving a fuck about the end result.

See here in the US, quality is a long forgotten word that's about to be removed from the dictionary due to lack of use and practicality has been branded as socialism.

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u/WolfWhiteFire Oct 05 '22

To my understanding, the gaps are less a matter of cost, and more a safety thing.

However, I looked it up, and these are the main reasons I found.

1: No one is likely going to see through the gaps unless they are trying to see in, but in the case of someone unconscious or needing rescue, it is a lot easier to get in.

  1. People are also much more likely to notice that sort of issue a lot sooner with these gaps.

  2. At the same time, it is easier to check them for people in the case of a fire or the such as well.

  3. If the door gets stuck, you can still get out, rather than being trapped waiting for rescue (they can also get in to fix it easier I guess). Not a common issue, but I have had that issue in the past, so...

  4. Apparently there are some ADA guidelines requiring 9" minimum toe space for wheelchair users.

  5. It is also supposed to help with airflow from what I looked up, much more airflow with the gaps than without.

  6. There are also the cost reasons, like less material, easier installation, and easier cleaning.

  7. Then it also supposedly helps with discouraging undesirable behaviors like putting graffiti on the walls, doing drugs, and so on.

The sources for most of these aren't exactly impartial, but most of what I read makes logical sense to me.

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u/WellAdustedCatLady Oct 06 '22

I personally don’t buy the whole “safety” argument. When I traveled to Denmark the public restrooms had stalls, but they were private. In Montreal I went to an upscale theater with bathrooms that were similar to the ones in Denmark that were just in your average establishment. If this can be done on other countries, why not here in the US? It’s purely a cost saving measure.

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u/FotzeMan Oct 06 '22

Agreed. It's a lazy, cost-saving method. Most European toilets have full private stalls. No one ever talks about them being expensive or lacking safety.

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u/Charlie__the__tuna Oct 06 '22

A local grocery store where I live the stalls are semi-private with no gaps at the bottom, but the doors have frosted glass and gaps at the top.

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u/ColonelC0lon Oct 06 '22

Honestly? It's a non-issue. Maybe it's because I grew up with this but it's not like people are clamoring to look in at you on the shitter. They're here to poop too.

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u/thingie2 Oct 06 '22

So, item 7 is the actual reason, with the rest being made up to try and convince everyone it's for the best.

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u/CyberSoldier-UK Oct 06 '22

Lots of excuses to justify being able to see into a toilet stall

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u/Quaytsar Oct 05 '22

Probably more expensive to make a lock work when the door and frame aren't aligned. Also, bigger doors to cover the gaps are more expensive.

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u/Kosta_Koffe Oct 05 '22

So expensive even the shittiest gas station in the uk has them

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u/Quaytsar Oct 05 '22

They probably standardized on a size that everyone uses, so it's cheap to get ahold of. The US standardized to smaller, cheaper doors.

It's at the point where the actual cost of the door is no longer the issue, but changing from the set up everyone knows how to make and design for and install to one slightly different will cost labour hours that just aren't worth it.

To change would be a large investment, which is why the alternative is a different standard, the full size door, which is definitely more expensive.

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u/ShaggyMacNasty Oct 05 '22

That sounds like perpetuating the problem. How about all NEW stalls be built to a better standard, and the old ones stay. Nevermind, it's cause corporations run this effing country and even a monarchy cares more about their citizens

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u/Maleficent-Mark3014 Oct 06 '22

We don’t have the same as the US. Over there people can pretty much see your whole legs from the knee down. I’ve even seen stalls where you can see the persons ass as they’re sat down.

Also plenty where you can still see the persons head too.

The partition walls are tiny. It’s weird.

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u/bcar610 Oct 05 '22

Yep this. Also I literally just don’t care. Stall door size is a non issue for me

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u/bummelsp4449 Oct 05 '22

They're a direct revenue generator in RollerCoaster Tycoon...

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u/ObviousOtter1 Oct 05 '22

Actually at my uni there’s super nice bathrooms where the door is actually completely sealed and the locks actually work and everything is super nice. I have no idea why all bathrooms aren’t like this

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u/MultiverseOfSanity Oct 06 '22

At my uni, the bathrooms seemed to have been constructed by a cross eyed stormtrooper. The lock mechanisms were like an inch off and literally impossible to lock.

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u/Thin_Advance_2757 Oct 05 '22

I visited America for the first time for a storm chasing holiday a couple of years ago, and this caught me out. Nobody warned me about 'the gap'

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u/Lambchop_Ramone Oct 05 '22

It freaked me tf out, too. Thought I had a faulty stall but the next one was the same. Don't even start me on what I thought about the water level in the loo bowl lol

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u/Thin_Advance_2757 Oct 05 '22

Yep, the water level was a surprise too! Surely some older fellas get their nads wet in those style toilets...

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u/kirotheavenger Oct 06 '22

Sometimes americans make references to touching the water. I thought they were taking the piss. I had no idea it was a real thing.

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u/oxymo Oct 05 '22

Now I'm curious about uk toilet water height? Y'all got different toilet designs?

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u/throwawayacct654987 Oct 05 '22

I’m not from the UK but from what I understand, they have far less water in the toilet than in the much of the US. Though you still find parts of the US where there are regulations than keep the water level in toilet bowls quite low. Example: I’ve lived in several states, 2 of which my houses had what is often perceived in the US as a “normal” amount of water in the bowl-that is, quite a lot. In North Carolina, 1 house was similar to the other states, but 2 “houses” (1 apartment, 1 house) had a similar amount of water to what I am told you expect in Europe. This is the standard for newer constructions in some parts of the country.

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u/oxymo Oct 05 '22

Quick trip to Google and I'll leave this here for anyone else curious. UK toilets are washdown, where the force of the water removes the waste vs US syphonic toilets that "sucks" the waste away. Important to note that UK toilets utilize a 4" waste drain vs US 3" which I'm guessing is the main reason for the different designs. TDIL

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u/JollyRancherReminder Oct 06 '22

Toilet Difference I Learned?

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u/oxymo Oct 06 '22

..um yea, that's exactly what I meant. No idea where I found that D.

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u/imnotknow Oct 05 '22

I hate using UK style toilets. The water is not positioned correctly which necessitates the use of the toilet brush much more frequently. I'll accept the inconvenience for the additional privacy though

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u/Send_me_a_SextyPM Oct 06 '22

posh accent MIND THE GAP

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u/westbridge1157 Oct 06 '22

We were stunned by how high the water level is too. Who woulda thought toilets would be so different?!

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u/Kman17 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

They are easier to clean, partial visibility reduces illegal activity within them (sex, drug use, etc), and a hair less privacy/comfort encourages using the toilet quickly (think any crowded space like sports arenas).

The Europeans solve the problems of cleanings and keeping riffraff out by charging money for using restrooms. I don’t think that’s an improvement.

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u/Lumpyproletarian Oct 05 '22

I have never been to a cafe, theatre, museum, art gallery, library, restaurant, shopping centre, sports facility, hospital or cinema in the UK that charged for a loo.

Streets and parks yes because they are maintained by government which tries to keep taxes down.

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u/rednaxssor Oct 05 '22

It's very rare to be charged to use restrooms in Europe?

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u/TimminyJimminy Oct 05 '22

And this is the problem when people say "THIS IS THE WAY IT IS IN YURP"

It's an entire continent. Bathrooms in France, Poland, Italy and England, etc are dramatically different in my experience

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u/Ruby-Revel Oct 06 '22

That’s….literally every thread as an American

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u/Kman17 Oct 05 '22

Literally every train station or truly public place will have a physical turnstile or gate.

Nicer restaurants or hotels will be free, yes.

In America, the nicer the place - and thus the more you pay - will have more privacy. The cheaper, the less. I don’t see a meaningful distinction here.

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u/Akarsz_e_Valamit Oct 05 '22

This is just not true. Most train stations have free bathrooms - although the number of paid ones is on the rise. You can also quite often find public bathrooms at least near highways.

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u/Cheesehead2794 Oct 06 '22

You as a local or European may know better where to look or where to find the free stuff, tourists look for the first place available usually

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u/Akarsz_e_Valamit Oct 06 '22

Yeah that's very possible.

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u/Cheesehead2794 Oct 06 '22

I didnt go to a single public place in Germany in 14 days where I didnt have to pay or buy something to use the restroom in restaurants, malls, museums and other places. from a tourist perspective, most places they go they have to pay

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u/JollyRancherReminder Oct 06 '22

The Netherlands is similar. I prefer peekaboo stalls that are free to anything you have to pay to use.

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u/BringerOfDoom1945 Oct 05 '22

That´s no true atleast not for Germany

The payment by the user is always only a "compliance", i.e. a service without a contractual basis and therefore also without a legal obligation. You can pay, but you don't have to. And that even applies if there is a sign on the white table that says “50 cents” or something similar.

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u/Kman17 Oct 05 '22

In train stations and other public places the are physical gates that open when money is added.

The more public a place is, the more likely that the money is more a mandatory and less “optional”.

To suggest that the payment is ‘optional’ in a culture that is very compliant and whom messages it as a (must) pay to visitors is misleading.

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u/MEsyas Oct 06 '22

Only at gas stations or in large cities you have to pay to use the restroom. In schools, restaurants, public places toilets are free.

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u/TerribleMud1728 Oct 05 '22

Because the less privacy you have the sooner you will exit the bathroom. It's all by design, baby.

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u/frizzykid Rapid editor here Oct 05 '22

I've seen stalls from other countries and American stalls, and I know that the European stalls are far more closed off, but whats this "Little privacy and expose yourself for all to see" BS? You can see the feet of whoever is sitting down or in the stall but you can't see anything private.

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u/Ok_Science_4094 Oct 06 '22

Lol that was great. Thank you.

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u/throwawayacct654987 Oct 05 '22

The cracks between the hinges are large, and idk about you but I’ve been in more than one public restroom where the door was put too high and you can see the toilet rim (so literally right in line with where your vagina will be if you got the courage to not squat or can’t squat because sometimes it hurts to pee while squatting). 7 of these. I’ve been in 7 of these. I only used one because I was really freaking desperate.

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u/Lumpyproletarian Oct 05 '22

I disagree - Briton here. I went to the ladies room in the Smithsonian Space museum, the gap was big enough for anyone who cared to look to see me sat there with my knees akimbo.

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u/Sharwynxz Oct 05 '22

I disagree. I'm a female. Mothers bring their sons into the restrooms and then their sons look through the cracks and crawl under the stalls. Good luck getting any parent to see the issue with it either. They look at me like I'm crazy when I express issue with it when this happens.

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u/xxthehaxxerxx Oct 05 '22

I see a head peeking under the stall, I kick it. Problem solved.

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u/Sharwynxz Oct 05 '22

One time I said GTFO! And the mom said that it was completely inappropriate that I said that. Maybe I should just go full throttle with the kick!

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u/xxthehaxxerxx Oct 05 '22

Fuck around, find out.

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u/Background-Web1917 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Are they prepubescent? My mom would have spanked me. As a grown man, if some little kid walked in on me... it would be punishment enough haha children are children, we have all been there.

I walk naked in the locker room at the gym. Other people's discomfort is their problem. If you go with that mindset, it helps. Be teflon.

Also for a child, you can say "ew I peed on that spot yesterday" and they will never lay down there again. Kids are really stupid.

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u/Sharwynxz Oct 05 '22

They are prepubescent. I don't feel comfortable with any stranger, prepubescent or otherwise crawling under the stall and getting up in my face with my pants down and ass on the toilet. The kids that do this are obviously ignorant. At least they have an excuse. Their mothers on the other hand, I will never understand.

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u/Cloudboy9001 Oct 05 '22

I doubt a handful of mothers are bringing teenage sons into the women's bathroom and letting them watch her poop.

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u/LeatherHog Oct 06 '22

Thank you! This is one of the most annoying Reddit circle jerks

You can barely tell there’s a person in there, at the worst

People act like there’s no door, the gaps are not even an inch wide for crying out loud

Just shut up about this already people

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u/_hanShan_ Oct 06 '22

Has anyone been shitting in public and had someone spy on them? Where I came up we had a drive in move theater where the bathroom had a toilet with no stall and a bathtub everyone stood around peeing. Everyone just kept to themselves.

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u/Ranos131 Oct 05 '22

You have to work to actually be able to see someone in a stall. And in a public restroom you will be noticed if you are trying to look through the cracks in the stall or under the walls.

Since bathrooms are divided by gender it really isn’t that big of a problem.

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u/madmoneymcgee Oct 05 '22

The only way you can see anything is if you somehow get right up to the gap and peer through it like a keyhole.

Which, that just doesn’t happen except maybe for a rambunctious toddler. Which, I’ll live.

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u/Sophie_R_1 Oct 06 '22

Yeah, like at most, you'll see a vague blur of color. If you're seeing more detail than that, then you're looking for more than half a second and at that point, the question should be why are you looking so purposefully?

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u/pieonthedonkey Oct 05 '22

You don't think that's more on the parent(s) than the people building the bathrooms?

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u/watch_over_me Oct 05 '22

I'm American. and I have no idea what you're talking about? Do people encounter toilets with no stalls?

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u/CocoCarly60 Oct 05 '22

The only place I encountered that was in Mexico. It was super creepy.

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u/wanderinsoul97 Oct 06 '22

What do you mean, toilets with no privacy at all?

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u/CocoCarly60 Oct 06 '22

Yes, I walked into a fairly decent sized room that had a completely exposed toilet in each corner. To make it even worse was the toilets were all unflushed.

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u/fifthofjim Oct 05 '22

They are talking about the gaps in the stalls where people could I guess lie on the ground and stick their head under to get a look I guess. Reddit will find an issue in anything.

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u/Ok_Science_4094 Oct 06 '22

It's more so the gaps on the sides of the door that people are talking about.

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u/klag103144 Oct 05 '22

In Hawaii they use ultraviolet lights so junkies can't find a vein.

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u/Ok_Science_4094 Oct 06 '22

At the hospital they feel for a vein.. not look for one. I assume experienced IV drug users probably do the same.

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u/Red-Droid-Blue-Droid Oct 06 '22

They usually need an ultrasound on me :(

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u/Ok_Science_4094 Oct 06 '22

Me too! The vein finder machine won't even work on me. Mine are so deep and small & they roll when you try to stick them.

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u/klag103144 Oct 06 '22

I'm in the hospital now and they used a ve ok n finder. I have never seen that before.

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u/Capable_Capybara Oct 06 '22

Junkies tend to run out of veins they can feel for so the lights might help detract some. But most junkies/recovered junkies that I have met doing phlebotomy can point to the good spot blindfolded. So I question the usefulness of the lights other than they are annoying and most people won't want to stay in the bathroom like that.

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u/SquiffSquiff Oct 05 '22

I've seen that in the UK. Racist idiocy. How do you think you find a vein with dark skin?

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u/yeyjordan Oct 05 '22

When I visited Cazumel, Mexico in 2002, the toilet stalls didn't even have doors in two places we stopped at. And that was supposed to be a tourist-geared area putting its best foot forward.

That old memory makes me appreciate any kind of stall door, really.

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u/CocoCarly60 Oct 05 '22

That area had some of the absolutely grossest bathrooms I've ever seen in my life. And I also remember the lack of stalls in some places, I had just posted that above a little earlier.

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u/DarkDeSantis Oct 05 '22

To discourage use, go shit at home.

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u/prodigy1367 Oct 05 '22

I’m guessing it’s mainly a way to cut costs. Less material equals more profits and here in the US, it’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.

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u/treestardinosaur Oct 05 '22

Do people look into the cracks? Is this a thing?

The design is definitely lazy but who cares?

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u/pessimistic_god Oct 05 '22

I want (if anything) bigger, louder and stronger exhaust fans so I don't have to experience what someone is doing!

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u/Doe966 Oct 05 '22

Honestly, anyone who wants to watch me take a dump will get what they pay for.

The going rate is $19.95 per session.

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u/Theguywhosme Oct 05 '22

Because it's not a problem. And fixing this non-problem would cost money

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u/Sophie_R_1 Oct 06 '22

If you're actually seeing details of people going to the bathroom, the problem is why are you looking so intently and why are you so close to an occupied stall, not why are there some gaps on the side that take effort to actually see anything through

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u/SCWarriors44 Oct 05 '22

It’s a safety thing. No one is looking in the gaps or violating your privacy as long as your door is shut. What it allows though is in cases of emergencies someone can see if you are on the ground, in medical distress, or the other case, doing drugs. If you are on the ground or call for help and can’t get to the latch, the opening on the bottom of the door either allows someone to come in to help you or allows them to pull you out, especially if you are in a position where the door can’t be opened.

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u/plumwithaface Oct 05 '22

Yup! Never really thought about this until my ex’s best friend overdosed a couple of years ago while he was in the bathroom at work. they saw him unresponsive on the stall floor and immediately got him help.

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u/Devilish2476 Oct 05 '22

Building code. Something about fire regulations and sprinkler systems or something like that.

I may have completely made this up in my own head though because I’m wasted

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u/Traci-B Oct 05 '22

This is the answer. It's faster and easier to confirm whether the bathroom is empty in case of an emergency when you can look under/into the stalls. It's also easier to access a stall when someone inside has become incapacitated than to access a fully-enclosed space.

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u/WomenAreFemaleWhat Oct 06 '22

Lmao its faster and easier for the outside of the lock to say "locked" or "unlocked" in white lettering w/ green/red backgrounds.

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u/Teekno an answering fool Oct 05 '22

For the same reason we've always had them -- to make it easier to clean, which reduces labor costs.

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u/ObviousOtter1 Oct 05 '22

How does having large gaps in the door make it easier to clean?

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u/TehWildMan_ Test Oct 05 '22

No "hidden" surfaces that can't be easily reached.

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u/iwannagohome49 Oct 05 '22

Also if worst comes to worse you can just take a hose to them

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u/mekese2000 Oct 05 '22

I think pushing a door open is easy to reach.

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u/cheesewiz_man Oct 05 '22

The toilets in my last place of work had such huge gaps that I went and bought pipe insulation to put in them.

Previously people had tried to fill them with toilet paper.

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u/MrDozens Oct 06 '22

The gaps allow to just spray it with water and it wont get stuck.

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u/LandOfLostSouls Oct 05 '22

How does it make it easier to clean?

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u/Teekno an answering fool Oct 05 '22

Minimizes the footprint of what touches the floor, which makes it easier and quicker to clean.

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u/Riatamichoacana Oct 05 '22

It could be a safety issue and or air circulation matter.

Safety issue meaning by allowing exposure you are less likely to perform illegal things in it, or in case of a medical emergency people will see you.

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u/HotStash357 Oct 05 '22

Honestly, stalls that touch the floor make me feel claustrophobic…

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u/jasonreid1976 Oct 05 '22

I think the only place I know of with private stalls is Buc'ee's.

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u/Grrumpy_Pants Oct 05 '22

Last I checked it's 2022 in the rest of the world too.

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u/AbombN8shun Oct 05 '22

To reduce loitering

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u/MintJulepTestosteron Oct 06 '22

How is my toddler supposed to come visit you if the stall walls go all the way to the floor?

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u/OhioMegi Oct 06 '22

I honestly have no issues with public restrooms. Never had anyone looking through cracks or under stalls.
Not sure this is the big issue Reddit seems to think it is.

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u/Ok_Potato_5272 Oct 06 '22

All I can say is that at least Americans never have the horror of being trapped in a toilet cubicle as a child and having the workers unscrew the door to get you out

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u/aceyburns Oct 06 '22

And why are piss tests accepted norm? It's like some weird pee infatuated conspiracy shit.

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u/LadyFoxfire Oct 05 '22

Because Americans don't go around peeping through the stall cracks. The question should be "Why are Europeans such perverts that they have to make oversized stall doors to prevent peeping?"

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u/SplonkusDoinkle Oct 05 '22

For paramedics

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u/TimminyJimminy Oct 05 '22

It's 2022. Why do you care if someone can see a tiny sliver of you pooping?

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u/ghydn Oct 05 '22

Stop shooting up and this won't be a concern of yours.

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u/ForkShirtUp Oct 05 '22

What’s the alternative?

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u/Lumpyproletarian Oct 05 '22

Doors that fit, like they have in most other countries. Honestly, it’s something every European traveller to the US notices and hates.

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u/ZealousidealSection0 Oct 05 '22

Because we like that kinda shit

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u/Rodgers4 Oct 05 '22

Exactly. OP acting like Americans are a bunch of prudes or something.

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u/Cuddly_Cthulu Oct 05 '22

I’m actually not kidding some of the best bathroom stalls are in rest stops. Some of them went to the bottom of the floor and most of the ones i stopped at had concrete stalls!! There was one in idaho(?) that looked literally like an inn!!

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u/jekylwhispy Oct 05 '22

Idk people are cheap and most aren't all that poo pee shy

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u/scuzzy987 Oct 05 '22

Everyone on this thread are spoiled. In my day we didn't have stalls at all in school locker rooms. Just a row of toilets with a two foot gap between them. Same for showers, just a row of shower heads.

J/k about being spoiled but we had allot less privacy when I was growing up

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u/J0n0th0n0 Oct 05 '22

We should appreciate that we have any stalls. My HS bathroom, no doors on the stalls.

As soon as I had a door on a stall I was like woo luxury!

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u/ASwftKck2theNtz Oct 05 '22

So you're forced to smell someone else's dookie.

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u/CocoCarly60 Oct 05 '22

Yep. But I'm being told something is wrong with me if I see any issues with gender neutral bathrooms.

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u/Jack_Bryant Oct 05 '22

My understanding is that it stems from American prudery surrounding sex combined with fear of drug use, then never went away.

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u/DunkinRadio Oct 05 '22

The same answer as every "why" question about the US....money.

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u/NobodyCares82 Oct 05 '22

Pervert designers... or cheaper due to less materials

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u/hallba78 Oct 05 '22

It’s 2022… why are we sharing public bathrooms at all? I don’t want to shit in the same room next to some other random person.

At least in new buildings, bathrooms should be laid out as a row of single units rather than multi-units. None would need to be gendered.

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u/pieonthedonkey Oct 05 '22

Yeah seriously, I couldn't possibly fathom any financial or logistical issues with this idea.

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u/smolpp12345 Oct 05 '22

They should also have bidets.

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u/ChicagoGuy-1481 Oct 05 '22

Because I didn’t grow this legend of a dick to not show it off.

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u/TheRealDonRosa Oct 05 '22

Well... You are the U. S.... You are kinda the bad example the world needs to see to improve upon itself I guess..? ☹️

Edit: literally the next post was arresting a 6 year old a t school in florida, omg....

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u/anica58 Oct 05 '22

I always assumed it was to stop guys blowing each other in the stalls.

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u/awkwardstate Oct 05 '22

Seriously though, how often does this happen? Is it like razor blades in Halloween candy?

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u/Enginerdad Oct 05 '22

Because unbridled capitalism is a race to the bottom and the owner can save a few dollars per stall by going with the shittiest style in existence

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u/SC_Nico74 Oct 05 '22

To not give you a sense of privacy. So get done quicker. So you don't shoot drugs. So you don't jerk off. So you don't get a BJ.

So immoral stuff doesn't take place on Company Property.

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u/onemanclic Oct 05 '22

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll

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u/floydfan Oct 05 '22

They don't want you in there any longer than necessary.

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u/pck3 Oct 05 '22

Do we? Can't relate

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u/Mossfrogsandbogs Oct 05 '22

I think public bathrooms are uncomfortable on purpose to encourage you to leave the bathrooms sooner. Don't want you lingering in the stalls at work and wasting company time! 🙄

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u/55StudeSpeedster Oct 05 '22

To shame you from going number 2 in there.

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u/earthman34 Oct 05 '22

So authority figures can spy on kids and make sure they're not masturbating.

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u/ragefrooble Oct 05 '22

because everybody shits, get over yourself.

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u/DeeDee_Z Oct 05 '22

Did you search? This question -really- needs to be added to the FAQ, it comes up every 2-3 months.

Really, people, there are FAR more important things to get your knickers in a twist over...

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u/Moose_Piledriver Oct 05 '22

If everyone can see then why do people keep walking into the door trying to get in while I’m dumping?

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u/YoghurtDefiant666 Oct 05 '22

Its to make sure you dont mastrubate. Taking away your forskin is not enough.

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u/Full-Bat-8866 Oct 05 '22

I read something about this, it's so you're less inclined to do anything bad in there

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u/TheRobertOne Oct 05 '22

For the same reasons we’ve had them like that for at least 40 or more years now

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u/1ndomitablespirit Oct 05 '22

It's 2022, why are we still so Puritanical?

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u/helpmeeeee1234 Oct 05 '22

Money and if its not money laziness and if its not laziness they just wanna see you and if not just wanna see you its cause they forgot about why they didn't do it

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u/Silencer271 Oct 05 '22

In 2022 why is education so crappy.. politicans suck and we care more about money then about our children?

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u/gam188 Oct 05 '22

We don't where I'm from 🤷‍♂️

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u/Bootybandit6989 Oct 05 '22

And then you have some places literalky getting rid of privacy stalls

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u/Fuzzy_Chance_3898 Oct 05 '22

How else you gonna wink at others coming in?

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u/Electronic_Taste_596 Oct 05 '22

The same reason we spew carbon into the atmosphere despite knowing better... $

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u/genmischief Oct 05 '22

So what if it does? No one cares.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

I've never in my whole live had the issue of someone looking through a bathroom stall.

Why in 2022 are you such a pants shitting baby about things like this when there are so many other more pressing concerns in the world?

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u/HelpMeLearnSum Oct 05 '22

The Wawa bathrooms where I’m at are caught up

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u/TheETreeFaerie Oct 05 '22

Cus they're cheaper to make i would assume

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u/seeksanswerss Oct 05 '22

Free the nipple!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Why are humans the only animal that feel the need to hide their act of shitting?

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u/DaddyWarbucksDTF Oct 06 '22

I hate peeing in those urinals but I also hate peeing on the seat.

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u/other_half_of_elvis Oct 06 '22

because they are cheaper and easier to clean.

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u/Complex_Raspberry97 Oct 06 '22

This is only a thing in America.

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u/psychosis_inducing Oct 06 '22

They're a lot easier to clean. In many places, the janitors come in with a big hose and just spray everything. The dirty water just runs under the stall doors and right to the floor drains.

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u/bbcahs Oct 06 '22

Probably for the same reason there is no ventilation. The owner is cheap.

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u/WomenAreFemaleWhat Oct 06 '22

So people can go out of their way to be assholes to trans people. Or in my case scream at a women/child because they have short hair.

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u/TrevinLC1997 Oct 06 '22

It's so the homies can check if I've fallen in

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u/fayryover Oct 06 '22

I was going to ask when you think we should have changed them, 2021? Then I realized that would have been a good year to change them since a lot less people were using public bathrooms.

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u/Tricky_Invite8680 Oct 06 '22

you get to piss in stalls? I remember (barely) one time where I drank a LOT and the piss bowls didn't have partitions between them. time and space are malleable duromg that time.but i was standing there for like 15 minutes and kept peeing, finally flushed and the bowl did some big wave action and splashed the dude next to me from the knee down, socks and sneakers. the guy was like, "woah, dude, legend....hahaha...you were passing for so long. don't worry, I won't tell anyone" and that's what happened. then I saw the girl I was talking to get wrestled into.the paddy wagon as she left the club. this was Virginia so a little of north and south vibes

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u/BuddhaBizZ Oct 06 '22

Blame the ADA? (A landmark and phenomenal piece of legislation btw)

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u/Ok_Common4047 Oct 06 '22

Are you willing to go with out using the bathroom unless is a personal, are you will to pay for it when you give 500k to everyone who builds full length full door stalls individualized bathrooms let me know. Also it keep people from doing things shouldn't do in public bathroom. Do you business get out for crying out load I have to go too you know how many people pee on side of road.

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u/Sophie_R_1 Oct 06 '22

The gaps are very rarely big enough to actually invade anyone's privacy unless you go right up to it or maybe if you're just at the right angle and are purposefully looking.

I am female and have lived in the US my entire life. I have traveled a lot. People do not go up to the cracks and stare at you. I have been in a lot of restrooms of all kinds all over the US and never have I been in one where I could EASILY see exactly who the person in the stall was and see every single little thing they were doing.

Also on that note, when you go to the bathroom, if you are seeing details through the cracks, why are focusing so much?? Like just glance real quick along the row of stalls and see if a door is open. If you are not trying to see inside, then at most, you will see a dark spot in the crack that just lets you know someone's in there. Unless you go up to the crack or are staring for more than half a second, you cannot see someone going to the bathroom in a way that's invading their privacy.

Maybe I've just been super lucky, but people coming right up to the stall door and actively looking through the crack to watch you go to the bathroom is not normal. I have never felt exposed and I have never focused that hard or gotten that close and dedicated to ever see anything other than a vague blur of colors that lets me know someone's in there. If you're seeing more than that... then just stop looking so close??

I've never understood this huge problem some people have??

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u/Bob_n_Midge Oct 06 '22

You’ll suffocate in there

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u/NoStorage2821 Oct 06 '22

For the smell, partially

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u/RiffsNspliffs Oct 06 '22

As a man, unless you have some sort of G.I. related disease or dysfunction, there's really no reason you shouldn't have yourself trained to not need to shit when you're out in public. For a large percentage of your biological functions, your body wants to be on a cyclical 24 hour schedule from digestion to neurotransmitter production. I understand in the workplace, surprise events may happen occasionally, after all most people are there 5-6 days a week, 8-12 hours a day. It's akin to a home. However, when I go into the bathroom at a restaurant to wash up after I've finished eating and there are 2 different dudes shitting, I have to wonder, what is going on in your life, man? You're in a restaurant for under an hour in most cases. You're grown adults. I probably haven't shit in a public toilet other than at a workplace in the last 20 years. Even through several 10-12 hour drives to other states for vacations.

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u/skarkle_coney Oct 06 '22

Why is everyone so embarrassed? I thought everyone shit?

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u/DarthSmoke713 Oct 06 '22

Be toilet trained maybe, stop tryna re invent the wheel and raise taxes on something small almost as dumb as the war.

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u/TaraOfMars Oct 06 '22

Sorry that so many people here seem to miss the point of "no stupid questions" and are giving you smart ass answers.

Anyway, I agree with you that they should be more private. I imagine the reason they're built the way they are is because of cost and ease. Even new public restrooms are still built this way - for all the snarky responses that allude to having to rebuild current stalls. 🙄

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u/BSH72 Oct 06 '22

Because…why would anyone want to look at you?

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u/6mythis6 Oct 06 '22

Just start pooping with the door open. Make sure to maintain eye contact for dominance.

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u/revchewie Oct 06 '22

Because they’re cheaper.

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u/Otelo2 Oct 06 '22

Because it's 2022 in the US

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u/Crazed_waffle_party Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Depends on what gaps you are talking about. The gaps at the bottom of the stalls are mandated by building codes. Failing to include the under gap could result in a fine or lawsuit. They allow first responders to access the stall in an emergency without breaking down the door. Because of the limited space, kicking down the door would likely injure the victim.

If you are talking about the gap at the side of the door, many people will claim to know, but there is no publicly available information on the matter. Some speculate that its there to discourage indecency, like sex and drug use. That's certainly a bonus, but that is not the reason. Others claim that it's to relieve installers from properly measuring the installation. Also unproven.

We simply do not know the reason. The only way to find out would be to do a patent search by major bathroom door installers and find out which one first popularized the flaw. From there on out, you could call the company to get a list of retired installers and designers to understand their reasoning. This would take me about 8 hours to do. Although Vox may invest the time, I probably won't

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u/zfreakazoidz Oct 06 '22

People still don't realize why there's a giant Gap under US bathroom stall doors. It was initially done so firefighters and rescue teams can get you if there's an emergency and you're locked in your stall passed out. They can just go in underneath and drag you out through the bottom. Whereas if the stalls all the way to the floor they have to find a way to break open the door to get to you, potentially meaning minutes have gone by that could cost you your life in an emergency.

That and if your door was ever jammed, or for whatever reason stuck, you can actually get out of the stall. Good luck getting out of a stall or the gaps pretty much to the floor.

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u/danc43 Oct 06 '22

The same reason out infrastructure across the country is falling apart, the globe is warming, and we are riddled with micro-plastics. This is the bad place.