This is something that really bothers me and actually affects me on a daily basis. Whenever I go to use the bathroom, I always knock on the door because I know that it’s a single stall bathroom and I don’t want to walk in on some poor person squatting if I can avoid it. Now this should be a pretty cut and dry situation with one of two results. Either A) no one says anything and therefore you can just go right in and take care of your biz, or B) someone is in there and they notify you by saying something, which in case the knocker would gladly wait patiently. From time to time I run into result A, but rarely do I run into result B. Actually I’d say 8 out of 10 times that I knock on the door, no one says anything, but then I go to open the door and it’s locked. OK, so there’s someone in there. Would it kill ya to say something? I was courteous enough to knock on the door, could you please be courteous enough to say something? A simple “occupied” would work. Other responses that I would use include, but are not limited to “someone’s in here”, “one second”, or “I’ll be right out”. Any of these would work and would make the person on the outside of the door aware that someone is in there and would prevent that person from trying to get into the bathroom and ultimately look like a creeper. I mean come on, I’m going to wait outside the door for you to come out so it’s not like you’re not going to see me.
My mom taught me this etiquette at a very early age, and besides the fact that my mama’s always right (well I mean except of course for when I’m right), it just makes sense…doesn’t it?