r/pics 13d ago Yas Queen 1 Stone Face 1 Helpful 7 Silver 6 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 3 Super Heart Eyes 1

For the US Redditors: this is a normal European toilet stall 💩Shitpost💩

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u/GunasInFlux 13d ago Silver Wholesome

Nearly the Costanzian vision of society

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u/ArcaninesTail 13d ago

Extend the doors on the toilet stalls at Yankee Stadium to the floor? Door comes down, hides your feet. Yes. I like it. I like it a lot.

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u/YesNoIDKtbh 13d ago

Well, I told it to Susan before, and she didn't like it.

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u/skttrbrain1984 13d ago

In fact, you know what she said? “Can we change the subject?”I mean we’re on a subject; why does it have to be changed?!

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u/Wilson_Pickett_Says 13d ago

"See, now that I don't care for"

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u/enadiz_reccos 13d ago

It should resolve of its own volition!

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u/skttrbrain1984 13d ago

That’s EXACTLY what I said, except I used the word ‘momentum’.

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u/__moops__ 13d ago

Change the subject? Toilets were the subject!

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u/son_berd 13d ago

Next they’re going to tell us their security guards get to sit in rocking chairs.

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u/brownstonebk 13d ago

GEORGE: (To guard) Tired?

GUARD: No.

GEORGE: How come uh, no chair?

GUARD: What?

GEORGE: I, I couldn't help but notice that uh you don't have a chair.

GUARD: I don't need a chair.

GEORGE: No I didn't mean to imply that you did. You're obviously a very well

proportioned individual. I was just wondering, have they ever offered you a chair?

GUARD: Nope.

GEORGE: Would you like a chair?

GUARD: I suppose if they gave me one I'd sit down.

GEORGE: Ah ha, Ah ha. You would, wouldn't you?

GUARD: Obviously I'd rather sit than stand, if that's what your asking.

GEORGE: That's exactly my point.

GUARD: Well who wouldn't?

GEORGE: Cause I tell you, frankly, I would like to walk in here one day and find

you sitting down. (Starts to walk out of the store) That would give me a lot of

pleasure. Call me crazy.

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u/coolbond1 13d ago

As funny as that would be it would be a pain to quickly get up.

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u/Karcinogene 13d ago

Unless it's on a spring to catapult them to their feet

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u/IceNineFireTen 13d ago

How are you supposed to spare a square for your neighboring stall?

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u/Thenewdazzledentway 13d ago

I’m sorry. I don’t have a square to spare.

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u/iliveinsocal 13d ago

Not ONE square!? A ply!? I’ll take one ply!

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u/spud-the-potato- 13d ago

Door all the way to the floor? You'd suffocate in there

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u/skttrbrain1984 13d ago

“You know, when I was in the army…”

The Calzone is one of my top 5 episodes.

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u/its_justme 13d ago Silver Table Slap 'MURICA

are you sure, it looks like an apartment in Manhattan

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u/cpsmith 13d ago edited 13d ago

I’d pay $2500 a month to live there

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u/leem0401 13d ago

That's too low. I live in NJ 1 bedroom and I pay $2,500.

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u/Luthalia92 13d ago

I always wonder what jobfield you're in when you can afford that kind of rent? Genuine question. I pay a €1000 mortgage on a house (I'm European). Different market, I know. But still, how do you have more than my monthly salary due as RENT?!?

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u/AdvancedFollower 13d ago

Same. I pay the equivalent of $700 for 1 bedroom here in Sweden and that still feels like a fair chunk of my disposable income every month.

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u/makesterriblejokes 13d ago

Paying $3150 for a 2b/2br. Living with my girlfriend, so fortunately I'm not paying for it by myself. It's kind of ridiculous though that I'm paying over $3k for an apartment that's not even 1400sqft. I'm just glad though that we're making enough to at least live comfortably, but my past self was kind of expecting to have a more lavish life when I got to my current salary... Inflation and unregulated housing is a bitch.

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u/GrapeAyp 13d ago

That is 6 times my mortgage, and I have 2k square feet. You’re surely in the city though, while I’m in podunk nowheresville

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u/makesterriblejokes 13d ago edited 13d ago

Well not downtown, but I'm in the heart of my county. 15 minute drive to the beach and 12 minute drive to being downtown.

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u/Ehzabeth 13d ago

Hong Kong coffin “apartment”…. Although the stall might be too big

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 13d ago Helpful Wholesome Looking

Yes, but how do you make awkward eye contact with someone looking for an open stall?

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u/Inde_luce 13d ago Helpful

They’re just crawling along the floor in Europe

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u/RabidGuineaPig007 13d ago

Science fact: Europeans can compress to the thickness of three dimes to slide under doors.

Source: Marjorie Taylor Green, probably.

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u/trekuwplan 13d ago

Can confirm, no room can hold me.

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u/HaloGuy381 13d ago

Has anyone tried placing a heavy cup over you while you’re that smol?

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u/trekuwplan 13d ago

I just knocked the wall and some idiot let me out.

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u/[deleted] 13d ago edited 12d ago Coin Gift

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u/JediJan 13d ago

Am I the only silly one visualising the roommate getting his head stuck under the door?

I need to sleep!

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u/Cpt_Woody420 13d ago

This is painful for Europeans to read because we have no idea how big that is.

3 dimes could be like... 2 metres, fuck it I don't know.

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u/malenkylizards 13d ago

A dime is a $0.10 coin. It's the smallest US coin both in thickness and radius -- the 1 and 5 cent coins are larger in both dimensions, which is weird.

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u/AzraelBrown 13d ago

That's a holdover from when we actually used precious metals; a dime is the smallest coin you could get from silver; 5¢ would be even smaller so they made it out of nickel; 5¢ of nickel is the size of...a nickel. 1¢ of silver would be crazy; 1/5 of a nickel is still pretty small, and I believe traditionally cents were copper, so, boom, 1¢ is a penny.

And, of course, we name them penny, nickel, and dime, none of which say what it's worth. On the coin, a nickel does say "five cents" and a penny does say "one cent", but a dime? "one dime".

One last thing: there was a $1 gold coin which was smaller than a dime.

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u/Tasgall 13d ago

and a penny does say "one cent", but a dime? "one dime".

The word "dime" comes from the word the English used for their coin which was borrowed from old French: a "disme", which means "one tenth". Same as how "cent" means "one hundredth".

So ektscheuelli, between pennies, nickels, and dimes, the dime is the only one named after what it's worth.

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u/ormr_inn_langi 13d ago

Icelander here. I can compress to the dimensions of a quarter. Kind of like an octopus.

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u/RelaxedApathy 13d ago

Fun science fact: Blue-Ringed Icelanders are one of the most venomous types of Icelanders, and are often found in tidal pools.

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u/ormr_inn_langi 13d ago

This guy Icelands!

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u/JonWoo89 13d ago

Another fun scientific fact: When startled, Icelanders are known to squirt a liquid from their body that smells like fermented shark to disorient potential predators.

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u/theglobalnomad 13d ago

Studies have shown that Icelanders are able to solve complex problems. For example, if you put a closed jar containing a fish inside of an Icelander's tank, he'll figure out how to open it, given enough time.

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u/ormr_inn_langi 13d ago

This is actually a myth, we possess no problem-solving ability whatsoever. We just assume that problems will sort themselves out, and then blame someone else when they don’t

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u/shazamisbad 13d ago

You can tell it’s an American writing this for 3 reasons. 1. Using anything other that the metric system. 2. Uses Dimes which we have never had in any European country. 3. It’s 2 1/2 dimes not three.

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u/tonaloc989 13d ago

3 dimes I as thick as 2 Euro coins for you Europeans out there.

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u/CyberNinja23 13d ago

They put their ear to the ground to detect open stalls much like the native Americans tracking Buffalo.

Not all skills are lost to the sands of time.

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u/SmokeGSU 13d ago

About 12 years ago I was in a mall in NC doing some outreach work for my job. Had to go hit the can. As I'm in the stall standing there doing my wiz biz, I hear some kids enter the bathroom. Then I hear some shuffling that sounds like someone has come up to the stall I'm in. I turn my head back and look at the slit in the frame and there's this what looked to be 12 year old kid standing there with his nose (I assume) pressed against the door of the stall and his dead ass eye just staring at me. We held eye contact for a solid 4-Mississippi before I just slowly turned my head back around and finished draining the hose. By the time I finished and walked out they had left the restroom.

They just raise them differently in Greenville.

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u/S8what 13d ago

4-Mississippi

Fkers don't even wanna use seconds at this point...

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u/ArbutusPhD 13d ago Silver Gold Take My Energy

So much of US Culture appears to be awkward attempts to bait perverts so that perverts who pretend not to be perverts can take perverse glee in pointing out other perverts and shouting “look, a pervert”

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u/FictionalRacingDrivr 13d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote 'MURICA

That’s how we elect our presidents.

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u/Markqz 13d ago Silver

That explains why, when we vote, we're also in stalls.

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u/justihor 13d ago

I also vote the same way that I take a shit… By mail??

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u/InerasableStain 13d ago

“Sir is there anything perishable, explosive, or liquid in this package?”

“No ma’am, just last night’s meatloaf”

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u/OldBeercan 13d ago

"It was explosive, but it's not now. Thank God for Ziploc bags."

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u/Ragnarok314159 13d ago

Throwing it at people?

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u/punktilend 13d ago

Exactly! It used to "secretively" be done lol. Remember the toe tapping Republican Senator Larry Craig? The dude was trying his darndest to keep up the look that he didn't like to do weird shit in public bathrooms. Until he went to the airport.

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u/Makebags 13d ago

The coolest part of that story is that most likely a cop tipped off the media to the arrest. Minnesota airport cops are independent of all other law enforcement in Minnesota. They have their own arrest records and tickets. They turn over to the locals if someone has to go to jail but otherwise someone would have to search their records to find out about an arrest. Someone contacted local media and then it became a story.

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u/tenkindsofpeople 13d ago

You're way over thinking it. It's cheapest thing wins. Half height doors and poorly aligned walls are cheaper than actual privacy.

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u/redlightnetherlands 13d ago

No way. Its clearly a scheme orchestrated by millions of building designers [just in the US] to ensure the degenerates can see your pp.

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u/tehmlem 13d ago

I mean, it kind of is an orchestrated scheme to stop people from having too much privacy in public spaces. Afaik these doors are the product of drug and sex panics. If people can see you shit, they can see you trying to do drugs or get off or whatever.

Not really a scheme, I guess, just a reflection of our paranoid and punitive culture.

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u/alohadave 13d ago

This is what drug prevention stalls look like: https://twitter.com/WagiePostingLs/status/1521341609153024001/photo/1

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u/godpzagod 13d ago

also a wank prevention stall, if the person has sufficient ability to be shamed.

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u/EnTyme53 13d ago

Any heroine addict willing to shoot up in a public bathroom doesn't give two shits if people see him doing it.

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u/Comprehensive-Leg479 13d ago

The pooping setup in my office is pretty good. Hallway style with doors on both sides, so you can enter one side, take as much time as you need, then emerge from the other side unnoticed as long as no one saw you enter the other side. Also one would have to crane their neck to the side to see through the crack or see your shoes while walking by.

My only complaint, due to very poorly aligned walls, the stall door can pop open at any moment. Then you have to slam it shut and stand up a little to lock it.

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u/myhairsreddit 13d ago edited 13d ago

Playing the "Can I get the door closed again before someone sees me without messing on myself?" game is a classic American rite of passage.

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u/babybambam 13d ago

I don’t want to announce it, I just wanna keep watching.

…now shake it a few more times.

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u/SonofBeckett 13d ago

As an American, I can say unequivocally, that we are obsessed with genitals.

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u/Themperror 13d ago

yet you do the darndest to keep them off the TV

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u/almisami 13d ago

Of course not, if they could get their fix that easily then they couldn't call it a personality.

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u/Lindvaettr 13d ago

This has never once happened to me, but every woman I've known who the topic has come up with has said that it happens regularly and sometimes they will stay there looking for several seconds. Do women in women's bathroom just stare at anyone they can? Never seen a guy staring into a stall.

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u/shortasalways 13d ago

I have never seen it either as a women

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u/tonyrizzo21 13d ago

Has literally never happened to me in 39 years. Should I be offended no one wants to watch me poop?

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u/The_Law_of_Pizza 13d ago

You just haven't been paying attention.

I've been there. I've always been there.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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u/Ragnarok314159 13d ago

I would be happy to jiggle the door and peer inside the stall to watch you poop.

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u/FennPoutine 13d ago

How the hell am I supposed to watch?

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u/slipperyShoesss 13d ago Helpful

put coins into the viewing box

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u/MAXSquid 13d ago

The coins actually cover the cost of a full door. In the US, they let you dookie for free with a few risks involved.

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u/PanthersChamps 13d ago

With the inaccessibility of public bathrooms in the 20-odd countries I’ve visited in Europe, I’ll accept the partial door, no-cost, and availability of American toilets.

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u/KuraiTsuki 13d ago

Right? I traveled through rural China in college. One of the places we stopped had a public restroom, but it was a shared trough in the ground that you had to squat over with no toilet paper (I'm female and this is necessary for us). But at least there were stalls.

Japan had really fancy toilets and stalls but then doesn't provide you with a way to dry your hands off after washing them. No paper towels and don't always have air dryers.

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u/TiredJava 13d ago

Apparently this is a a cultural thing in Japan. I could be totally wrong because I’m just going off what a friend of mine who went there said. Apparently you should carry a small facecloth sized cloth to dry your hands it’s just a thing.

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u/dried-in 13d ago

Go to France. I’ve heard there is place where the naked ladies dance, and a there is a hole in the wall where the men can see it all.

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u/Inevitable_Set5762 13d ago

Didn’t King Kong go to Hong Kong to play ping pong with his ding dong? Wait, different story.

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u/feignapathy 13d ago

Do Europeans not know they can add 6 inch gaps to each side so you can see inside those stalls? And you can raise the bottom a good 2 feet and see people's feet and pants pulled down.

Seems like y'all are missing out

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u/momofhappyplants 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

European questions back: What are those feet and inches you are talking about ?

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u/blargmehargg 13d ago Silver

Aww you mean an unaccompanied 4 year old can’t randomly crawl on the floor, enter your stall, stand and just stare at you, mid-shit while you tell them “no! leave! Go! Why God, whyyyy!?”

Yeah, deep down I’m still scarred…

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u/ihitrockswithammers 13d ago

Who tf lets their child crawl on a public toilet floor?!

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u/Droller_Coaster 13d ago

People who shop at Walmart.

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u/pewpewshazaam 13d ago

Who shits at Walmart?

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u/TXGuns79 13d ago

Sometimes, you don't have a choice where you shit. I'd rather destroy a Walmart bathroom than crap myself driving down the road.

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u/eyescoldlemonade 13d ago

This is the real answer. I once had no choice but to expel my demons in a Walmart bathroom while a women was sobbing hysterically in the stall next to me.

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u/Uripitez 13d ago Silver

People that shop at Walmart.

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u/serenityfive 13d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

Possibly a tired mom taking her first piss break of the day at 4pm and dying inside while her annoyingly curious toddler takes advantage of her brief immobility by crawling on the bathroom floor and going under stall gaps only because they can.

It’s not always a lazy parent. Toddlers are just assholes.

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u/Vulpix-Rawr 13d ago

Yeah my husband took my three year old daughter into the bathroom and she loudly proclaimed “They ALL have penises!! Even you daddy!!! But not me!!”

(She didn’t see anything, she was just excited to be learning the difference between boys and girls at that age)

Toddlers will always make bathroom trips awkward.

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u/serenityfive 13d ago

This made me laugh out loud. Kind of reminded me of my little cousin when she was about 3 or 4, at a giant family reunion, was running around with her stuffed horse telling everyone it was a boy horse and therefore it had a penis. Her parents were so embarrassed and tried so hard to stop her but everyone else thought it was hilarious.

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u/Xx_Gandalf-poop_xX 13d ago

Yeah mine will just randomly be like... it will be dead quiet in public somewhere and she'll go " ...dada you have a penis"

And you have to go " yup"

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u/Anthiss 13d ago

No one. But if your mid shit and your toddler goes... how do you stop them? I can't pinch it off as quick as my toddler can get down on the floor and start crawling!

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u/fuck_happy_the_cow 13d ago

I knew what this was going to be, and I am still crying laughing.

"You just gotta lock it."

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u/danpluso 13d ago

It's always polite to ask someone their name before crawling into their stall. He was raised good. /s

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u/Plus-Comfort 13d ago Silver Gold Wholesome

Those marble walls must amplify farts to the level of fearsome thunder cracks

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u/LifeIsProbablyMadeUp 13d ago

Oh, they knew that when designing it.

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u/42ndBanano 13d ago

It's a feature, not a bug.

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u/nobiossi 13d ago

Exactly! Better let the neighbour hear when you rip a good one!

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u/42ndBanano 13d ago

You cannot convince me that's not the reason why it's all reflective surfaces.

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u/Neradis 13d ago

We call that a ‘french horn’.

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u/Nethlem 13d ago

In Germany, the place for shitting is also colloquially called the "Donnerbalken" literal translation; "Thunder beam".

A beam on which people sit so they can "thunder" at the same time.

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u/ChewyChagnuts 13d ago

They do, and they also help to keep the faeculent stench trapped within the cubicle. Sadly it’s not usually your own smell, but that of the lorry driver who was there only minutes before who gives off the aroma of having recently returned from a difficult trip to Cairo…

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u/Cluelessish 13d ago

And it still lingers when you are all done and step out, which means the next person in line thinks it was your aroma. Rarely do you feel as manly!

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u/Beautiful-Command7 13d ago

God this happened to me in Belgium in this party thing in the woods. Except the person before me clogged the toilet too. I was too drunk and needing to go to notice because I waited in a huge lineup. So I peed and flushed and it all started overflowing (or it was at the cusp of it, I can’t remember) and the bathroom attendant literally grabbed me and tried shaming me for it and there were a bunch of people angry with me in the bathroom line up. All the while I’m trying to explain in my broken French that it was like that beforehand and I was just drunk lmao

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u/Floriaskan 13d ago Helpful Spit-take

Yes but how will I pass stuff under it? Or prank the guy next to me? Or find out what co-workers panties look like?

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u/Jaksmack 13d ago

How's everyone gonna know you're pooping and stuff?

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u/Sloper59 13d ago

They make use of their other senses

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u/KillstardoAbominate 13d ago Helpful Table Slap

Thpthpthp...delicious.

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u/waspenterprises 13d ago edited 13d ago

This onomatopoeia gets an A+

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u/lower_intelligence 13d ago

You get an A+ for reminding me about that great word - I can still see it up on the tack board from primary school next to a picture of a bee and buzz

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u/cyrusm 13d ago

And who are you gonna talk to? Who's gonna hold your hand through these dark and troubled times?

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u/BIMBO_SWAGGINS 13d ago

How will anyone know I overdosed on heroin?

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u/Sloper59 13d ago

Many public bogs over here have blue lighting so you can't find your veins. Haha.

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u/bobmandoom 13d ago

Any junky worth his salt doesn't need light to hit their veins

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u/LectroRoot 13d ago edited 13d ago

Right? How am I supposed to get someone to pass me an old sears catalog to read through the door cracks now?

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u/mynextthroway 13d ago

With as many pads/tampons as I have passed under the wall, I wonder what will happen to those women that misjudge their needs.

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u/ombre_bunny 13d ago

Or find out what co-workers panties look like?

...omg I never thought of that! That's so invasive, school bullying must be next level in USA 😬

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u/awardwinningbanana 13d ago edited 13d ago

I don't (and I don't think a lot of women) drop my trousers and underwear to the bathroom floor/to my ankles when we are using the loo- they just go down to my knees or maybe not even that far! All anybody would see is my trousers getting a bit more wrinkly at the ankles... although I'm sure bullies would find a way to ridicule that haha

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u/BardicNA 13d ago

Working/studying at a place where the bathroom floors are so clean you're willing to fully drop your pants and underwear to the floor sounds like a nice privilege. If there is a heaven and I somehow make it there, I might try this. Until then, my clothes are not touching the floor of a public bathroom.

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u/VoiceOfRealson 13d ago

As a man, I prefer pants at ankle simply because I have to have my hand between my legs to prevent a certain body part from peeing between the seat and the edge of the bowl, making both floor, pants, shoes etc. wet.

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u/SilveradoSurfer16 13d ago

Laughs while dropping a deuce at a Buc-ee’s…

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u/mikewhy 13d ago

Sheetz here. At least this one has normal lights instead of the blue heroin deterrent lights like the store I stopped at last week.

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u/rjl603 13d ago

You get an MTO?

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u/mikewhy 13d ago

No I left one.

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u/Photoguppy 13d ago

They opened a Sheetz down the road from my office and someone OD'd in the bathroom opening week!

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u/mikewhy 13d ago

As is tradition

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u/alldougsdice 13d ago

It's how they christen them.

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u/tibarr1454 13d ago

Like cracking open a bottle on a ship.

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u/Einar_47 13d ago

Used to work at sheetz until recently, had at least an OD a month either in our parking lot or bathrooms.

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u/TheBSQ 13d ago

There’s 1,200 opioid deaths a year in my city. I get a few a year outside my house.

And from what I hear, lots of cities are like this these days.

It’s fucking nuts.

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u/jepensedoucjsuis 13d ago

That sucks...

I'm definitely a Sheetz > Wawa guy.

But a Sheetz bathroom as the place you die... only thing worse I can think about is a waffle house bathroom.

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u/mikewhy 13d ago

If you die in a Sheetz bathroom they bury you in a Shematary.

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u/NoMaans 13d ago

Tired to google this. How does this work?

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u/Elegant-Argument-754 13d ago

The blue lights make it harder to find the blue-tinted veins that the user is wanting to stick the needle into.

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u/Whooptidooh 13d ago

The blue lights prevent you from finding a vein. Under normal light your veins appear blue, while under those lights they become invisible/everything looks bluish.

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u/WRStoney 13d ago

That's only for amateurs. The pros can find a vein by feeling alone.

Source ICU nurse.

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u/Animalcookies13 13d ago

As a former junkie…. Ain’t no blue light that would stop me…. I could just feel them out, or if your real clever you just trace them with a pen before heading in there, and wash the pen off after! If you wake up…. 🥴

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u/MrPicklePop 13d ago

Yeah, does this European stall have a sanitizer for the toilet seat?

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u/Uncle_Carbuncle 13d ago

Those Buc-ees bathroom are legit.

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u/retro_gatling 13d ago

Holy shit buc-ee’s!! I miss Texas

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u/mrplinko 13d ago

Yo. Grab me a brisket sandwich and some beaver nugs

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u/ScottGaming007 13d ago

fr Buc-ee's is the best... now I want to get lunch from there

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u/SilveradoSurfer16 13d ago

For breakfast I do enjoy the brisket taco. The sausage egg and cheese biscuit is good too

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u/SeskaWildman 13d ago

Moved away last year. Please send Beaver nuggets and a chopped brisket sandwich. Thank you.

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u/AstroWorldSecurity 13d ago

I was on a road trip once and after my turn driving I laid down in the back to get some sleep. I woke up an hour later to a hot meatball sub from Buc-ee's and it's still one of the best meals I've ever had after a long day of tubing and driving.

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u/detroittriumph 13d ago

Yo that sounds so good right now. Tubing around Austin?

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u/AstroWorldSecurity 13d ago

Yeah, spent the weekend tubing and goofing off at Schlitterbahn. I was like 67% river water and Shiner.

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u/ohmymyIB 13d ago

Everyone in the u.s. knows that awkward moment when you make eye contact with the other person in the bathroom. Our stall gaps are outrageous.

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u/Seethsayer 13d ago

I used to show up to my old job around 6:30 AM because I train/bike commuted. There were showers in the gym downstairs so showing up early meant I didn't have to wait for a shower or bathroom stall.

One day I arrive and have to drop a deuce. Sitting on the pot in a stall and I hear the door open. Whatev, almost done. I hear some metallic clanging, followed by the appearance of a ladder. Before I could cough or make a noise the ladder goes up and the maintenance clambers up lightbulb in hand.

We locked eyes in astonishment, he descended without a word and I never saw him again. I assume he killed himself.

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u/twoisnumberone 12d ago

This whole post had me teetering on the edge of maniacal laughter, but it was your story that tipped me over.

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u/42ndBanano 13d ago

Do we know why that is? Like, what's the justification for it?

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u/The_Bitter_Bear 13d ago edited 13d ago

Here are some of the alleged reason. https://outsidetheboxmom.com/9-reasons-why-public-bathroom-stalls-have-big-gaps/

Mostly faster/easier cleaning, cheaper to put together, easy to tell if someone is in the stall and know if someone collapsed/has an emergency, doesn't trap bad smells as much, and some others.

They all mostly sound like reasons that people have come up with after the fact. I have to imagine it's just cheaper from a materials and installation perspective.

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u/KillstardoAbominate 13d ago

Easier and cheaper to manufacture if you don't need to be precise because of the half inch + gap, also less material.

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u/andynormancx 13d ago

The "easier to manufacture" claim is always such a bogus explanation. Many UK public bathroom door designs resolve the precision issue by just making the door an inch or two wider than the doorway and hanging the door inside the cubicle.

Zero extra complexity in manufacturing or installation, just a bit more material needed. That approach also allows you to use far less complex door latch mechanisms too.

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u/Learning2Programing 13d ago

I was going to say that even the most terrible run down places in the UK still have functional doors. We also do dirt cheap so that can't be the reason.

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u/sudoku7 13d ago

To discourage illicit drug use and folks from using it as a place to sleep. Make no mistake the root of the justification is anti-people.

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u/IfICouldStay 13d ago

and using it as a place to have sex.

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u/pfftYeahRight 13d ago

We're gettin pregnant in this applebees tonight

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u/Frank_Bigelow 13d ago

If you're having sex in a public bathroom, you almost certainly don't mind if someone sees you through the door gap. The risk of being seen is most of the point.

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u/Nethlem 13d ago

you almost certainly don't mind if someone sees you through the door gap

In Europe, the biggest risk with public bathroom sex is being heard, not giving everybody who walks by a free peepshow because of massive door gaps.

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u/Ok_Nefariousness9736 13d ago

You can avoid that eye contact by not looking through the cracks 🙈

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u/PerfectlySplendid 13d ago

I’m a 40 year old American and cannot recall ever making eye contact like this. But I’m also not walking stall to stall staring through the cracks…

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u/MrJuniperBreath 13d ago

In addition to the nice, big door gap... in the U.S. we like our bathrooms as quiet as a library in a graveyard — so you can clearly hear the dude 3 stalls over wiping his ass.

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u/Mr_Midwestern 13d ago edited 13d ago Wholesome

More like ur-a-pee-in’

I’ll see myself out

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u/EraseMeeee 13d ago

Obligatory from my middle school science teacher…

“You ever hear of the international bathroom? On you’re way there, you’re Russian, once you’re there, European, and when you’re done, you’re Finnish.”

Wasn’t even a dad iirc

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u/All_Your_Base 13d ago Wearing is Caring

Interesting, but in the US, they actually have toilets in them.

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u/the_monkey_of_lies 13d ago

So you will never know the pleasure of taking a dump directly on fine Italian marble

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u/SocksandSmocks 13d ago

Goddamn Europeans and their shit marble. How are we supposed to compete with that level of luxury?

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u/awesomefutureperfect 13d ago

Last time I was in Versailles, I kept it 17th century and pooped on a castle floor. It was the only time I ever received a polite round of golf claps after pooping. It was so weird I'm not sure I could recommend it or not.

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u/brokejetflyer 13d ago

Step 1) Remove everything from the waste down..

Step 2) Crouch down in a hack-squat position..

Step 3) pray it’s solid

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u/PapaBrav0 13d ago

That's not a toilet stall, that's a water closet.

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u/eaglessoar 13d ago

Is that what fucking wc is?

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u/Mujutsu 13d ago

That is a stall, most bathrooms (at least in the few countries in Europe I have lived in / visited) have bathrooms like that, or at least similar. I have never seen the American style doors with gaps around here.

The most I have seen is something like half a foot (I hope I am converting this right) gap from the floor, but never, absolutely never, other gaps through which people could see.

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u/mike626 13d ago

It's a poop vault.

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u/PaperPhoneBox 13d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote Starry

Here is the real reason. Yes the gap filled US partitions are less expensive but the real cost issue is the room.

If you make a small room with a full door, US building code requires a sprinkler head in each “room”, if you have one big bathroom with open stalls/ partitions, you don’t need that.

The plumbing costs for the sprinkler heads will make the cost of project substantially more.

TLDR: money

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u/bluemason 13d ago

I think it's fine for the stalls not to reach the ceiling. But why not reach the sides/floor?

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u/spyan_ 13d ago

Easier to clean when the stalls don’t go to the floor.

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u/MachineTeaching 13d ago

They don't have to literally reach the floor.

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u/eltoro454 13d ago

Stall walls don’t need to go to the ceiling

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u/7aco 13d ago

Yeah, if someone’s tall enough to see over the stall to watch me poop, they’ve earned it.

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u/Nadieestaaqui 13d ago

6'8" here.

Nice form, but try not to strain so hard during the push.

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u/way2lazy2care 13d ago

It's easier to clean stalls too. Mopping one large rectangular floor is easier than 20 individual rooms.

That said individual rooms for stalls isn't that unusual in the US either.

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u/JollyGoodRodgering 13d ago

Reddit moment

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u/scoeyy 13d ago

To European Redditors: this is a normal US prison cell.

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u/catadeluxe 13d ago

Marble & everything?

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u/sysmimas 13d ago

No, not everything. Just marble.

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