Given the choice, we women are just like men: we like to put space in between us when we use a public bathroom.
Oh, sure, pairs of women may end up in stalls next to each, chatting as they pee. But at work, when we’re drifting in one by one? We stick to the rule: use the two outside ones first. You never take the middle stall unless you have to.
The thought crossed my mind as I walked into the bathroom to see the two outer stalls were occupied. With a resigned sigh, I grabbed a seat cover and took the middle one.
But I also noted that its neglect led to a higher level of cleanliness; the toilet paper was barely touched, the seat looked spotless (do women who hover not realize that they make things dirtier since they obviously can’t aim? And why can’t you clean up after yourselves, hoverers?).
This should lead to using the middle stall more, but let’s be honest — the outer stalls provide distance and privacy. The last stall, farthest from the door, is obviously the preferred one: it’s larger and more secluded. The one closest to the door is taken only when the large stall is taken; its closeness to the door makes you feel like people at the sink are all up in your business. But at least there’s no one next to you.
Unless, of course, a third person walks in.
Then everyone’s too close for comfort.
Poor middle stall. The oft-neglected, under-appreciated middle stall.