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People who won't accept that the toilet door is locked.

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ClaudiaWankleman Mon 12-Sep-16 08:52:48

Happened to me twice yesterday. First time just after lunch in a restaurant. I have just settled down on the seat when I hear the parent and child outside the door.

'Is this one open?' Rattles the door of the cubicle next to me loudly. Clearly not.
'This one?' Rattles my door loudly. No it fucking isn't, leave me alone.
'Are you sure?' Rattles my door again. Fuck off, I've had two glasses of wine and need a wee. Look at the red sign on the lock.
DC continued kicking the cubicle door next to me. A very nervous trip to the toilet, I was terrified that the door would burst open (silly, I know).

Then a few hours later, we had 45 minutes to spare and sat outside a Costa in the sun. Lovely, so relaxing. I nipped into the toilet before we left. One of those unisex/ disabled toilets.

I hear one person come in and rattle the door (terrifying as it only locks by pulling the handle up so more precarious than the previous incident). They give up. Thirty seconds later they try again. Fuck off, I had a big lunch and I've only been in here a minute (they must've almost followed me through the door to the toilet!). Then someone else comes in and I hear the conversation.
'I think there's someone in there.'
'Oh really?'
'Yeah look.' Rattles my door to show that it won't open.

If they think it's going to make me hurry up they've got another think coming. If anything it just makes my arsehole seize up.

AIBU here? Bore off.

JenLindleyShitMom Mon 12-Sep-16 08:54:49

Oh, I thought this would be about cats. grin

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 12-Sep-16 08:56:55

just call out "Busy In Here" or something.

..I am hopeless with doors so I'd tend to give one a good rattle...is it pull? push? handle up? handle down? twist and slide....I need a weeeeeeeeeee!

you want to be grateful the light switch is on the inside...at work our downstairs toilet had the light outside for the longest time...people were always clicking the light off and you had to finish up in the dark. utter blackness too as it was an inside, no windows and very fitted door

MoggieMaeEverso Mon 12-Sep-16 08:58:18

I just shout OCCUPIED in a loud cheerful tone

wasonthelist Mon 12-Sep-16 08:58:20

Yanbu - I would like to add the followjng though -
Lax manufacturing and maintenance meaning the red/green or red/white sectors often bear no relation to the reality
People who despite being functioning adults, can't operate bog doors thereby giving you zero chance and then think it's your fault you opened the door and saw them in action

RaeSkywalker Mon 12-Sep-16 08:58:37

I was just thinking this yesterday. My colleagues do this at work. There are 3 cubicles and yet they all rattle the door of the one closed one. Bizarre.

Zippidydoodah Mon 12-Sep-16 08:58:43

My kids always do this to me! I don't lock for a wee everyone comes in and joins the party but I do for a poo.

Zippidydoodah Mon 12-Sep-16 08:59:57

My little ds did it to someone in Costa and I stopped him- shame the parent in the op didn't stop her delightful child from booting the toilet door!

JenLindleyShitMom Mon 12-Sep-16 09:07:08

I was in a toilet in a bar one night and there was a woman standing waiting outside. She had arrived just after I'd gone into the cubicle and I was only having a pee, she can't have been waiting more than 30 seconds before she went round all of the doors knocking really harshly and saying "come on girls there are people waiting" hmm I thought "dick" opened the door and it was indeed a local dickhead loudmouth. I said "was that you?" And she said no! grin she was the only one there.

seven201 Mon 12-Sep-16 09:08:53

I'm a teacher and the loo nearest our department is a disabled one. Premises had locked it and I discovered that it was only locked as they had taken the lid off the cistern but it still worked. I had a key so used to unlock it and use it. But... I was not the only one who had discovered this! It was break and I was in a rush and taking to a student as I was unlocking the door so didn't hear my colleague/friend shout to me to stop opening the door! Me and a few students saw her sat on the loo! Luckily she found it funny but I still feel so bad about it.

TheGoodEnoughWife Mon 12-Sep-16 09:10:24

I had this the other day, in a toilet where the handle pulls up to lock. Someone rattled door and then rattled it enough to unlock it! Luckily I was at the washing hands stage (it was a toilet with basin inside) she seemed really surprised to find me in there! Not sure what she expected when she forced the door!
She then had the cheek to tell me how that she would make sure the handle was up when she was in there to stop someone barging in! I gave her a dry look and just said 'I DID have the handle up' bloody cheek!

PirateFairy45 Mon 12-Sep-16 09:11:14

This is funny

IJustLostTheGame Mon 12-Sep-16 09:12:24

I wonder whether you're my best mate OP. She has a real thing about this and for some reason it always happens to her not me.
She shouts 'just having a quick poo, you might want to come back later' now if someone does it. grin

NavyandWhite Mon 12-Sep-16 09:12:45

"Settled down on the seat" shock

OhhBetty Mon 12-Sep-16 09:13:07

I say "occupado" Peter Griffin style grin

ClaudiaWankleman Mon 12-Sep-16 09:15:03

I think I am especially sensitive to the prospect of a door opening because I remember once at the British museum as a child someone opened the door of the cubicle I was in and then didn't close it (!!!) and I had to waddle off the toilet to pull it closed. blush

Farmmummy Mon 12-Sep-16 09:19:32

I admit to giving my dd1 a probably harsher than necessary telling off for trying a clearly occupied toilet door while we were on holidays last month because I really hate being under siege when I'm in (not by her usually I take my 2 with me). Really hate that!

YourNewspaperIsShit Mon 12-Sep-16 09:20:27

YANBU I get the rage if they do it more than once and shout at them blush

BaggyCheeks Mon 12-Sep-16 09:24:51

If this happens to me when I'm taking DS(3) to the toilet, he usually helps out by informing the rattler that "I'M DOING A POOOOO!". Maybe try that next time?

NicknameUsed Mon 12-Sep-16 09:29:13

We were at Chester zoo recently. On the way out we visited the loo and there was a bit of a queue as all the doors were shut. Eventually someone pushed at a door and it opened because there was no-one in the cubicle. so we tried the other doors and they were all empty.

These loos didn't have indicators on the door to show whether they were in use.

I wonder how long we would have stood there if someone hadn't tried a door grin

LillianGish Mon 12-Sep-16 09:32:49

I think you need to make some noise - to indicate you are in there (clear your throat, rustle the loo roll if you don't want to speak). I have known people stand outside empty toilets allowing a queue to form where the door was closed and and it needed a substantial push to open - in the end I strode to the front ask the question "Is there anyone actually in there?" grasped the handle and gave a substantial push. YANBU - but I think you needed to signal your presence after repeated attempts.

ClaudiaWankleman Mon 12-Sep-16 09:38:29

Lillian have you ever been in one of those unisex/disabled coffee shop loos? They're proper rooms, not little cubicles. I refuse to shout while excreting.

cjt110 Mon 12-Sep-16 09:44:31

A few years back, on our last day on holiday in Gran Canaria, we were lounging around the pool before we were due to be collected. As is obligatory, we were consuming the last few cans of beer and half a bottle of wine before we left. Husband went to the the "communal" loo next to the pool. It had a UPVC door with a frosted window on the top half - think back door kind of door. He was doing his thing, heard a kid knocking, knocking sore more, door handle rattling, then saw hands cupped over eyes trying to peer through the glass. Husband promptly shouted "Fuck off!" and the kid ran away screaming.

We have a frosted en suite door. I recreate the moment for him many times to my amusement!

He doesnt take kindly to being disturbed whilst he is on the throne. grin

WicksEnd Mon 12-Sep-16 10:02:53

What really annoys me is when you're somewhere with a load of toilets, like a shopping centre/music event and everybody just stands in line at the door, blocking everyone and doesn't bother to check the ten empty ones round the other side/at the end of the the run.
Aggghhhh! 'It's a queue so let's just stand like muppets and join it'
The looks I get when I walk straight past them and into a loo grin
Glad I got that off me chest!

Same with fast food places 'let's just join is massive queue in the middle and ignore the available staff at either end' why????

But I'm the one whose had a wee and got my burger while everyone else I queuing in their lovely British way confused

BazookaJoe90 Mon 12-Sep-16 10:06:48

From the male perspective :-) A couple of years ago I was in the big TK Maxx in Swindon and needed the loo, so off I popped to the back of the shop. I was sat there and some young kid came in talking away, and I thought he was either on his phone or 2 people had come in and the other couldn't get a word in edgeways. Either way, I wasn't listening because it wasn't my son. The next thing the toilet door opens and there's a 12 or 13 year old kid looking at me who said sorry and walked off! He'd used a coin or something to turn the lock from the other side, as he thought it was his dad on the loo, so he just opened the door!

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