Something I Despise: Bathroom Doors


If you didn’t already know the “Something I Despise” segments are just my place to wine about pointless subjects. Here it goes.

How many times have you gone into a bathroom and washed your hands, only to figure out that you have to pull open the door. You could be gross if you want and just open the door with your hands, but that’s not my style. So you stare at the door for a second and head back to the paper towel dispenser to grab a towel to pull the door open with. Come to find out that the dispenser is empty! Now what?

Option A: You can open the door with your hand in your sleeve or some other article of clothing, but the object of using the paper towel was keep the germs off your person.

Option B: Provided there are other people in the bathroom, you could take extra long washing your hands and just follow someone out without touching the door. This doesn’t always work and it takes good timing but if its your last resort and you can pull it off then go for it.

Option C: You could prepare for going in the bathroom and bring some towels with you. But who really has the ability to carry around a handful of towels, especially if you are a guy and all you have are your pockets.

Option D: You can carry hand sanitizer on your person to fight against the germs. I don’t mind this method but its not my favorite because I would like to just wash my hands and go out of the bathroom without having to go through another washing process.

So here is my solution to this problem. The ideas listed above were just that, ideas, they are ways that you can combat germs, because the people that install bathroom doors in restaurants and public places are not thinking about the customer. If only restaurants would just do one of the following: Install doors that push open rather than pull open, install electronic doors that automatically open, or don’t have a door at all, just make the entrance a right angel. Those are all easy solutions to this problem and would make my bathroom experience 100 times better. For the life of me I have never understood a pull door as the exit to the bathroom!

If you’ll allow me to go off on the door issue a little more. What is with installing push handles, handles that are horizontal and go all the way across the door, on doors that pull open! I realize that some places just get what they get, but its just so annoying.

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2 Responses to “Something I Despise: Bathroom Doors”

  1. Sure thing all great ideas. I recently saw a guy tackle the issue with his foot! Yea, he actually opened the door using his urine splattered wet shoe while it was still on his foot. It was then that I began to realize how germs get onto the handle in the first place. Up to now I thought that the handle was soiled by people who refused to use TP. But now I know that it goes way beyond the obvious. Why are most animals so much cleaner than most humans?

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