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#Come on along, get on the floor, everybody lock your toilet door - John C. Kirk

Mar. 11th, 2010

03:15 pm - #Come on along, get on the floor, everybody lock your toilet door

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Date:March 11th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
In fact, you could be really cunning and fit a normal bolt-style lock to those doors but have it trip a switch when the bolt was in the "locked" position (magnets would be a good way to do this I think). People would understand how to use this, and it could be integrated into the existing "toilet occupied" indicator system. But here's the cunning thing: because the door *slides*, it wouldn't mechanically lock the door - it would only prevent the "open door" buttons from working (electronically). Possibly only the outside one. You could then also have an easy way to rescue trapped or ill people from the toilet by fitting a key override on the outside and giving the guard a key. Job done.
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Date:March 11th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good idea. I was poking around on the web, and came across this page. The second penultimate comment says: "I understand how you feel but we had many problems with people pressing the CLOSE door button as they leave and the door will lock when no one is in therefore bearing it unusable." I'm not sure whether that was deliberate or accidental, but either way it makes sense to only lock the door from the inside after it has closed. The sliding thing that you suggested should solve that problem nicely.

Coming back to your earlier comment ("you can only read the braille if you can find it"), Neil Gaiman wrote about a similar situation in his blog. Basically, a blind guy needed to use the loo, so someone pressed the "Close" button for him, but when he'd finished he was stuck inside because he couldn't find the "Open" button. (Gaiman rescued him after everyone else ignored him banging on the door.)

Edited at 2010-03-11 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 12th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
It happened to me even though I had pressed the lock button! The best retort when it opens on you is "good morning" that usually makes them dissappear fast!
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