January 19, 2011
I’ve had my share of run-ins with automatic light switches in public bathrooms.
Okay, to be specific, I’ve had two. First time was many winters ago. It was memorable.
And last week I had to use the flashlight app on my phone here at work.
The bathroom elves replaced our automatic bathroom light switch, and I think they might have shortened the timeout setting.
How do I know? Because this morning I entered the bathroom, and the light was off. No big deal, right?
Except. Except this is what I saw when the automatic light came on:
Okay, so, how awkward is this? I mean, if you’re alone in the bathroom, and you overstay your welcome, not a huge deal, right, you either wait for movement from the outside, or you open the door to the stall and wave your arms (although, that route is fraught with danger, as I’ve experienced).
But this. Here we have BOTH stalls occupied, both users getting distracted with their cell phones or magazines. What do you do when the light goes out? Cough politely? Ask your neighbor if they want to, um, Roshambo to see who has to trigger the light?
What I do know is that when I entered, the room was black and deathly quiet.
And nobody spoke or moved while I was in there. So while I was washing my hands, I said to nobody in particular “Well, this is awkward.”
As it should be.