Last weekend, I dined at a restaurant with a ‘unisex’ washroom. Like most others shared-gender toilets, there is a common hands-washing area, a no. of cubicles and no urinals.
Alas, many years ago, I encountered one with a unique layout.
It was a public toilet in some HDB (Singapore’s public housing) old, neighbourhood shopping center. Upon entering and turning left, one can find 2 wash basins on one side and further in at the corner are a couple of urinals, while there are 2 cubicles at the opposite side. The central area of the toilet was spacious enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
And when I went in the toilet, I noticed both the cubicles’ door were closed.
As per usual, I went to the urinal to take a pee. Halfway thru my business, I heard a cubicle door opening and then running water sound from a tap. After I was done and turned around while zipping up, I was surprised to see a woman washing her hands at the basin. Our eyes met and she gave me a semi-disgusted look.
She probably doesn’t fancy seeing a man pee in front of her while hearing the sound of ‘wee wee’ spluttering on the urinal.
Not sure how much the lady saw since the wash basins are on the same wall as the urinals and there is no separator installed between the urinals & wash basins area. I didn’t notice her as I don’t usually glance sideways while using a urinal. And I guessed she most probably chose to look away anyway.
Or that she simply irked the sight of a man zipping up his pants in front her very eyes.
Clearly, the lady wasn’t expecting all this and did not seem pleased. But hey, I don’t think I did anything wrong either. After a while, the thought of what happened did excite me abit though.
A few months later when I was back at the toilet, I noticed a signboard has been pasted on the main toilet door, asking users to lock it when using the toilet; the shopping center’s Management probably received a few complaints from unsuspecting users.
Few years later, the old neighbourhood shopping center was demolished and the public toilet with a unique layout ceased to exist..
*on a side note, handicapped toilets are the most dangerous place for women to get secretly filmed while relieving themselves. Same for coffee shop toilet which is also shared by both genders.