I don’t get it. If you think about it logically the handicapped parking space is the closest to the store, which makes sense. But in the bathroom the handicapped stall is the furthest from the door. Why?
Sure you can point to the size of the stall and logically it should be in the corner of the bathroom, but what fun is that? I prefer to think of various conspiracy theories, mostly around vengeance and a secret culture war between the able bodied and crippled. (Is crippled the politically correct term?)
It has to be grudge that architects have against the handicapped, right? Like they are thinking, “Alright we’ll give you this but you are going to have to earn it. Hobble your asses to the end of the bathroom.” Is it tradition? Maybe the first person that had to put one in was thinking, “Fuck em’ we’ll put it at the end of the bathroom.” Actually I think I read once that the first handicapped stall was created in 1936, the words that were really uttered were probably, “Cripples getting their own bathrooms? What next? Coloreds are going to be able to shit in our stalls?” (I can say “coloreds” when referencing something historically, right?)
What amazes me though is I never see anyone using the stall that actually has needed to, well except for one lone time. Of course I was interested to see how they used the stall and if there was in fact any true benefit to them using it. The guy wheeled in next to me when I was in a stall. (I was reading the newspaper and figuring out how long I could sit there before anyone noticed I was gone, how this guy was going to use the shitter became way more interesting.)
I figured they would just shift from one chair to the other but instead this person put the breaks on the chair. Then it looked like the knelt on their wheelchair to piss into the bowl. It was very impressive. I guess it made me happy thinking they just didn’t slide over and have to deal with all the piss that assholes who were against the concept of the handicapped stall left in protest. Like it was a little daily pleasure for them to kind of “stand” and pee as opposed to sitting all the time.
What fascinates your more, the location of the handicapped stall or the mechanics of a crippled person peeing?