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But the line for the bathroom is 10 miles long!

Someone please tell me why.... in almost any public place, whether it's a school, concert hall, amusement park, ball field, etc, the line for the ladies' room is 10 miles long - and there is NO line for the mens'. Something needs to be done about this! I am a lady so I find myself stuck in this line often, along with my daughter. We're still standing in the line, waiting, and my husband used the other one and now has to stand there for 15 minutes.

I propose a change in the plans when bathrooms are planned and built. We KNOW from experience that there may be 20 women lined up waiting, and no line of men, so take some of the proposed stalls for the men and add them to the women. It can't hurt, right? If the womens' had twice as many stalls, perhaps the line would be half as long, or eventually there would be no line.

The other issue I suppose is the fact that it seems to take women longer - but I don't know why since I strive to be as quick as possible in order to combat the stupid line. I wish more people would think about others and not spend 10 minutes in a stall if it's not absolutely necessary. I don't know about you but I prefer not to spend my life in there anyway, so getting my business done quickly is important. Too bad it's not important to everybody.

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MsTina wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:17 PM

That is always a problem at sports' facilities that weren't built to accommodate women. If I had to go that bad, I'd go in the men's room. I think their lines go faster because they have urinals and stalls.

PattyTherre wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:04 AM

I have seen women g into the men's room at places because there was no line and the women's room was backed up for a mile. I don't know if women take longer or go more often but they need to have at least two women's stalls for every one men's stall. I hate waiting in line in public and hate more seeing NO line at the men's rooms.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:26 AM

Men don't even have to get into a stall unless they are doing big business. Our needs are more complex. I was at one very large convention with a 15-minute break and we encountered this situation with thousand of people trying to get into restrooms. The ought to make women's restrooms larger with more stalls in buildings that house large events.

Madcanman wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:49 AM

Barb is right. A woman's needs can be more complex. Guys usually just waltz in, unzip and let go, shake, wash (most, anyway- I can't stand seeing someone walk out of the bathroom after doing their thing without having washed their hands) and leave. That's it! I've seen, and been with women who have no problem going into the men's room if there's a line at theirs.

k2705 wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:13 AM

Know what you mean I hsye Quing for public toilets.

Vivenda wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:18 AM

The thing is the basic difference between male and female design that makes it easy for men to pee in public! Certainly, there ought to be better facilities for women.

OreoBrownies123 wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:30 AM

Oh I know, and I hate that. There were times when I had wished I had some depends to wear lol. There just aren't enough bathrooms. At the state park where I used to go and walk there were bathrooms here and there on the trail so it wasn't hard. I've been at the movies and when the movie was over I had to go and the line would be forever long but I was afraid I would go before I got home.

celticeagle wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:43 PM

Men don't give birth or have the other things like UTI's and such either. And they don't seem as worried about makeup and if their clothes are fitting them right. I have used a men's room more than once. I just figure when you have to go you have to go.

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:31 PM

I've gone in the mens' before and posted a man at the door to either warn me or other men. I really am quick, and the worse I have to go, the faster I am, so most of the time I'm done before anybody even knows I went in there. In the single public bathrooms that are marked men or women, I will also use the mens' if necessary, since you can lock the door it's not like someone can walk in on you.

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:34 PM

Frustrating, isn't it? I think the worst time to have it happen is if you have a potty training toddler. I have been in line before with women with small children, and if some mean people near the front don't let them go ahead, sometimes the little girls have accidents because toddlers just cannot wait. Fortunately when my daughter was little, people had mercy on me and would usually allow her to go next in line. It's hard to turn down a little girl who asks you nicely herself. I never expected it, but I would ask lol.

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:37 PM

Definitely agreed. Also perhaps to consider that some of the events held there appeal to MORE women as a whole, like bridal expos, some types of craft shows. They could temporarily make some of the ones marked for men marked women instead simply with paper, tape, and a sharpie =)

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:39 PM

LOL! See, I'm not concerned about my clothes or my makeup until AFTER I have used the restroom. Sometimes I have to wonder why we have been waiting for a stall when someone goes in there and 6 other stalls have emptied and been refilled and yet the person in the ONE stall is still in there... 5 minutes later. Public courtesy, I mean it's fine to sit in yours at home for 5, 10, 30 minutes but not these!

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:41 PM

Depends! There are times when I wish that were an option too. There are times when I've left where I'm at and will duck in somewhere else JUST to use a restroom.

celticeagle wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:55 PM

But if your bowel want s to empty itsself it doesn't let you chose when.

nbaquero wrote on January 6, 2015, 11:38 PM

Yes irun I have witnessed that many times. Even if the solution you propose is implemented I still think women's line would be like a mile long.