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Handicapped Bathrooms

Monday, April 26, 2010

I have a pet peeve. I don't like those people who think handicapped restrooms are ONLY for the handicapped. Yes, they're designed especially for wheelchair access, but they're there for everyone. If no one handicapped is in line, feel free to use the restroom. If there is a handicapped person, they can wait in line until it is free or move to the front of the line to be the next person in.
I am not handicapped, but I like to use them. They are wider, they usually have a bar to help lift you up, and they are higher off the ground. If you have knees that don't bend, there is nothing worse than having to get down to within 12 inches of the floor to use a toilet.
If there is a long line, feel free to use the toilet. They are NOT just for the handicapped, they are there to help the handicapped if they need it. Not using it is like saying, you can't walk up a handicapped ramp because it's made for wheelchairs. Just be kind enough to give the things up when they are needed.
Thank you for listening to my pet peeve. And the next time someone gripes that a non-handicapped person is using the restroom, reassure them that the restrooms are for everyone.
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  • v MRE1956
    ANNEMARGO brings up a very good salient point.....perhaps the sight of that "universal symbol" of a person in a *wheelchair* may give some an impression that something is specifically for wheelchair-bound *only*....just sayin'....just another thing that "makes you go hmmmmm".....

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  • v ELAINESHAFF
    I agree. If it isn't needed by someone else, us it.
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  • v BONNIEMAC588
    This is a good point.
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  • v MUDMOUSE
    If is isn't booked, I will use it. If a girl's gotta go, a girl's gotta go..
    2285 days ago
  • v IMLOSINIT4GOOD
    Wow, what rude people you must run into! Budding into concerns that are not their own, Rude Rude Rude! hehehe

    I've always heard you can use it unless there is someone handicapped waiting to use it. That and moms with kids, they need that extra space too!

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  • v IMLOSINIT4GOOD
    Wow, what rude people you must run into! Budding into concerns that are not their own, Rude Rude Rude! hehehe

    I've always heard you can use it unless there is someone handicapped waiting to use it. That and moms with kids, they need that extra space too!

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  • v DOLLBABE56
    Good point!
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  • v ANNEMARGO
    This is something that's been a concern of mine too for 15+ years, ever since my late first husband, who was partially paralyzed due to a stroke but didn't need a wheelchair, had to start using disabled bathrooms and other accommodations, and had to deal with ignorant people day to day. Disabled bathrooms and stalls are for everyone that have a disability and need the accommodation, not just people who use wheelchairs. That includes people with knees that don't bend, so if that's you, the stall is specifically for you, too! The wheelchair symbol is just a very recognizable symbol for disability accommodations--look at the wide range of disabilities that qualify for a disabled parking spot, yet the symbol on the spot is a wheelchair. And yes, if there's no one in line that has a disability that requires the disabled stall, a person without a disability can use the stall. Miss Manners suggests that an able bodied person try not to use the stall for things that will take a long time (ahem). But in general, if someone needs the help, then they're entitled, whether they're in a wheelchair or not. So if you need the disabled stall, use it!
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  • v LINOVER
    I agree. I use the handicapped restroom also if it is not in use. When you're over 60, your knees don't bend quite like they once did. I also like the wider stall.
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  • v _MAOMAO_
    Hey, the toilet still flushes, that's good enough for me. I've also been known to use the one-hole boys rooms, too. Why suffer for no good reason?

    I don't actually like the higher toilets - my feet won't touch the floor!
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  • v CURVYCC
    True, true true. I agree. I wouldn't park in a handicapped space, but I am guilty of using the big girl's stall. If the lav is unoccupied, use it.

    2285 days ago
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