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April 8th, 2004

When Disaster Strikes

So, as you can see by Ryan’s note at left, we had a bit of an outage here at Ping World Headquarters. Our squirrels, who power the webservers, left for an early 5-day Easter weekend and told no one.

But that made me think of another type of disaster that doesn’t involve squirrels: someone coming into your bathroom stall when you’re inside.

I’ve had this happen to me twice and both times, I’ve totally freaked out. What do you say? What do you do? I know that both times about all I could muster was covering everything that needed to be covered (quickly) and saying, “Hey! Heeeyyyy!”

So you can imagine my delight when, earlier this week, a bathroom visit nearly became a party. I was occupied, and someone had just left the bathroom. Suddenly, the door to my stall started to swing open… but no one was behind it. It was just opening thanks to an inferior door lock. It also made me wish for remote-controlled stall door locks. Think about it: you flush, it locks.

Walking in on someone? That’s a disaster.

Posted in Toilets

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 8, 2004 -- 5:13:54 pm
I bet not even Google's cache of your RSS feed could save you from that type of disaster.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday April 8, 2004 -- 6:04:12 pm
Not unless Google is caching toilet paper and door locks, no.



FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Friday April 9, 2004 -- 9:16:20 pm
I'll tell you something that is embarressing. In the college I attend, I have a class on the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor. The 2nd floor bathrooms are women on the right and men on the left. Every floor is like that except the 3rd floor. While I had my last class on the 3rd floor, I needed to use the restroom and with my nose in a book headed to the restroom and with out looking I turned right and went to use the restroom. I thought it odd that there was only one stall. Oh well, just my imagination and then to my horror, a man entered and I realized I was in the men's room. What ever was I going to do? I waited a few minutes and ran for the door hoping no one was going to enter as I exited and the man that was in there would not notice me either. Whew! I safely made it but not without a very red face. Needless to say I headed for the women's just to splash cold water on my face and not laugh with relief. Never want that to happen again!



FROM: jk
DATE: Friday April 9, 2004 -- 11:23:19 pm
Wow, I always thought Towin was male! How sexist of me to think that a tow-truck driver had to be male. You go girl!

At a Penn State football game last fall, I walked into the men's room (similar situation to yours) and immediately turned around to get out, but there was no handle or knob! Some kind, old alumnus saw my struggle and helped me to pry the door open so I wouldn't have to walk through the whole huge men's room. I returned to my seat and didn't tell anyone where I had been.

I remember being at a fraternity party as a freshman, and while in the ladies' room, a guy who was not on the guest list climbed in through a window!



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