Toilet Door Confusion

I like standards. Standards make life easier. Like the ISO 8601 time and date standard, that removes all the confusion wrought by Americans in their reporting of dates. And also in their driving of spaceships, but that’s another rant.

But the standards pertaining to the marking of toilet doors has me confused. In my job we have toilets with that little red/white colour window that shows when the toilet is occupied. Red means it’s locked, white means it’s free. (I tried to find a photo but failed. I might take a photo tomorrow. Instead, behold the mighty Defendius Labyrinth. Sweet.)

But when you are on the inside of the door, the rules break down. The marker on that side seems to show white when the door is locked. Causing me to panic and imagine that I forget to lock it and have to test the handle repeatedly, like some kind of crazed toilet paranoid. Why is this? Does the white on the business side of the toilet door signify “it’s cool, everything’s cool” or does it signify “vacant”? And does it vary from door to door? Or from country to country?

And why do they pack the disposable hand towels so tightly into the fucking holder that you can never pull out less than seven at once? And why does the “air-freshener” have a picture of a guy in a shirt on a beach wearing sunglasses? And why does the “half” flush seem to do just as good a job as the “full” flush?

I think I need a hobby.

/ paddy