We’ve posted previously on this blog about the signs people create to help others navigate unfamiliar situations.
Thus, as soon as I saw this beauty in a highway-side restroom, I started thinking about the picture I was going to take.
I vividly remember washing my hands and snickering to myself about the apparent complexity of the instructions, thinking, “what, are people getting trapped in here?”
A few seconds later, the timed light clicked off, and my attitude changed just as quickly as I found myself in darkness and completely unable to get the door open. Of course I hadn’t actually read the signs–just thought about them as “an example of . . . ”
I tried in vain to undo the door by feel and intuition, and started imagining how much it would suck to spend the night trapped in a highway-side restroom. After a bit of worst-case-scenario fantasizing, I used the light from my cell phone to illuminate the signs, which indeed, contained instructions absolutely essential to getting the door open.
Leaving me with two questions:
- Who the hell designs a door that difficult to open?
- Should I have added “NO, REALLY-TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!!!” to the signs?
I found the whole experience amusing, but it really is kind of crazy that a public restroom is trapping people on the side of Highway 84.