As an analyst I can’t help but try and figure out why something is done a certain way if it doesn’t seem immediately logical. Sometimes these thoughts are fleeting and other times they keep nagging me. The nagging thoughts tend to be the ones that seem totally illogical; that no thought or reason has been put into the things I am observing. I always think that I must be missing something.
One that has been nagging me for far too long is the gaps in the bathroom stalls. I just cannot figure it out. Google searches leave me with no definitive answer – but there is interesting conversation about it here. So I turn to you, my readers, to answer this question. This is an issue that really needs to be solved. This is our privacy people! There’s not all that much left of it in the world (I say as I sit here and blog about my thoughts).
In case you have not recently been in a bathroom stall at work, school, or any other place that has public facilities I will break it down for you. There seems to be some sort of engineering gaff that nobody has noticed. The door that are supposed to keep out eyes from outside have large gaps around the edges of the door. In some cases they are as large as an inch! Now that may not seem like much, but at a distance of just a few feet it is enough to see plenty through the gap.
Now lets be clear, I am not talking about the gaps on the bottoms of the stalls. This makes for easier cleaning and whatnot. I get it. I’m not talking about the gaps between the stalls and the ceiling. Clearly this is for ventilation so that things can air out. Or maybe so that those automatic air fresheners have an easier time of perfuming in the stalls. Whatever the specific reason, it makes sense.
I am not even talking about the gaps between the stall walls and the wall. Again, I don’t know the specific reason. I can only guess. Perhaps it has something to do with caulking it, or cleaning it, or ventilation, or to pass notes when you don’t want to go under the stall. Really, I don’t care. There is nothing to see against the back wall.
My issue is with the door. Doors exist so they can be closed. Now I don’t expect it to be a perfect fit. I understand that there is more cost with a tight fitting door. But these things can be mass produced to a greater extent than a 1 inch gap on each side, right?
Or, if you don’t want to worry about a close fitting door, then put a nice big strip of plastic on the side of that door that opens (e.g. if it opens out when in the stall, have the plastic on the outside). That way not only with the gap be non-visible, but you will not have to deal with tight doors or anything else. The cost of a plastic strip in comparison to the cost of the total structure ($250 – $1,000) cannot be all that much.
And to address a final concern – I won’t even complain very loudly if these bathroom gaps existed at truly public places such as restaurants, subways, and parks. But in corporate offices people? There are no concerns about what graffiti or activities might happen there. So really, what’s the deal with the gaps?
Have you ever wondered this?
This has been a Thought From The Cake Scraps.