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There IS a Lock on the Door

Our school staffs about 68 people. Eleven of them are men. The men and women have the exact same amount of bathrooms on our campus. Some of the women grumble that it makes no sense. Others of us take a different course.

There are two single stall bathrooms in the teacher’s lounge — the one building on the campus everybody uses. One bathroom door is marked, “Women’s.” One bathroom door is marked “Men’s.” Those words don’t mean a dang thing to a good many females on staff. If the door is unlocked, and one of us has to go, we march right in.

The secretary really should tell the male substitute teachers that when they are given orientation. “Oh, by the way, if you like privacy in the bathroom, you’d best lock the door behind you.”

I met one of those subs today. I believe in the future he will lock the bathroom door.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. If someone in your school had a clue, they would replace “Men” and “Women” on those one-hole drops with a “unisex” restroom sign. There are plenty of examples. That might help avoid, um, embarrassments.

    Says one who is all too familiar with putting his foot in it.

  2. Dabich — face?

    OC — we can’t get them to replace light bulbs. We won’t be holding our breaths for signs. From time to time someone makes one and posts it, but either it falls off, someone else tears it down. Besides, it keeps the place lively.

  3. you caught him with his pants down literally, he, he..

    so, was he cute and is he single?
    i’m sorry, my halo just fell off, lol..

  4. Chana — tch, tch, I’m not seeking anymore and I don’t think you should be, either. Besides, my laughter may have been a bit off putting for the poor fellow.

  5. You probably put more fear into the fellow than he did to you. I am sure he will remember it for a long time and to also lock doors to the Loo from now on.

    Blessings from Canada.

  6. He left the door unlocked deliberately. All guys do that. We find it exciting to do the ready-aim-pee thing while furtively glancing at that unlocked door. There, now you know.

  7. Dr. John — come on, visualize the scene and try not to laugh.

    Bill — from the way he almost climbed the wall, I’d have to agree. Besides, this has happened to me a couple of times in the past, so I wasn’t near as surprised as he was.

    Al — it was you!? I should have known.

    Brian — usually it is the kids torturing the subs, not the staff. We need them!

  8. I have this image of a deer caught in headlights now, although I am sure that is wholly inappropriate…

    Reminds me though… before I jumped ship from corporate America… the “organization” I worked for, which was comprised of 99.998% men, paid an enormous amount of money to completely “re-do” the men’s bathrooms… fancy shmancy tile, fancy shmancy countertops, fresh paint, abstract artwork… etc… While the women’s bathrooms remained dingy wood paneling, cracked yellow tile circa 1970, and a sink that hinged precariously at a 45 degree tilt. They actually had the nerve to tell the truth though… saying that they wanted to impress the corporate Boys when they visited for Business Review meetings andnd since there were no corporate Girls… too bad, pft.

  9. Amy — yeah — that was him!

    Cindy — chances are slim we will ever met again. People confused by our bathroom policies rarely return.

    Nessa — he really should have locked the door.

    Mz B — I know how to work the door lock — and I make certain to do so.

    Gary — when a bathroom in a public setting is built for just one person, if that one person doesn’t lock the door, aren’t they inviting embarassmsnt?

  10. Hi was just stoping by from another site ,and like you blog that is kinda funny though I bet he will start locking the door more offten.
    cool blog really cool

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