Mom Barges Into Men’s Room

August 6, 2013

in Airport Stories

I just got back from a return flight home after a wonderful holiday on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. A typical holiday destination for us British tourists! This isn’t exactly a flight from hell story but I did experience two rather unusual toilet incidents that I thought I’d submit.

While waiting to board I decided to use one of the public loos in the airport and was forced to wait in a line. To my dismay and indeed every other male there, there was a Spanish woman with her two little daughters trying to get in as well.

I should mention that the ladies did have a longer line but surely this is going a bit too far. One of the men asked her what the hell she thought she was doing and they needed to get out. She responded by unleashing a hissy fit in Spanish at him, pointing to the line at the lady’s room. Even when he pointed to the urinals which were in plain view, she merely rolled her eyes at him and refused to leave along with her daughters.

I was flabbergasted. If I’d tried to go into the lady’s room I would have probably got shouted at or worse. And now this woman was trying to force her way into a men’s room, not only by herself but with two little girls. I don’t know what happened as I decided to go elsewhere, but in my opinion it was very irresponsible of the mother.

On a funnier note when I did get on my flight, the male flight attendant announced over the intercom that if anyone did a big one in the toilets they would need to inform the cabin crew upon leaving.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jodi August 8, 2013 at 1:30 am

Quite frankly I've done this at a crowded bar. I can see a mom doing this if her children are about to wet themselves. ::shrug:: Is it wrong? Yes. But sometimes you just can't wait!! lol

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Rachel August 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Why do you take your kids to crowded bars? Would all be fine and dandy with you if a typical bar crowd met for some bar-related fun, conversation, and laughs, at your children's school?

The world didn't start to adapt to your family the instant you had a kid. Some accommodation, in some situations, is reasonable. If a little girl is going to wet herself–beg your way up the female line. 'I'm sorry, my daughter really is going to wet herself' will get at least one woman to budge (since that is a reasonable thing to do), or the line isn't really that long. I promise. Imposing her on a bunch of guys who want to pee in the men's room urinals is not. Especially if those urinals are in a crowded bar.

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Jodi August 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

LOL I don't have children. But thanks for the laugh!

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Miss Manners August 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Yes, having children overrides common courtesy! lol

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kimchiwench August 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Oh, no, urinals! Those poor children!

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Anthony October 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

The point was THE PENISES that go along with urinals in a full house bathroom. The gnarly, twisted, grotesque male genitals it its nest of greasy coarse pubic hair exposed to these fresh young tender girls made with sugar and spice, doe eyed and sweet. Can you live with that sir?

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nyrB August 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I wonder if Jodi and Miss Manners would be "lol"ing as much if the tables were reversed and a man who "couldn't wait" or "had children" barged his way into the ladies' room while they were there. lol

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Rachel August 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Exactly. Your precious snowflakes do not give you an excuse to override common courtesy. 98% of the time people act like that, it is for things that a little planning on their part could easily have alleviated…but why should they plan? They can just be assholes.

I think it is more than fair that the men in the men's room want to pee in a urinal without having to whip their minimes out in front of two little girls.

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James August 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Additionally, if this were in some parts of the repressive United States, this would be considered "exposing ones self to a minor." Often, it doesn't matter where it takes place, so those men at the urinals could be charged with exposing themselves to a minor, and if convicted, serve time in prison and become registered sex offenders.

I'll admit it is highly unlikely — but all it takes is one over zealous prosecutor, or perhaps someone on probation traveling in the company of a probation officer… In a country where one in five adults is charged with a crime each year (not including traffic offenses) and where the laws seem to be written so that anybody can be accused ot a crime at any point…

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Bryn November 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Not that I like the idea of women forcing themselves into mens' rooms, but this argument is patently invalid given the fact that – were it true – men would be considered to be "exposing ones self to a minor" where young boys are concerned.

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Flagon November 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

As I said, it is unlikely — but generally lewd acts involve indecent acts between members of the opposite sex.

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Jodi August 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Sorry for the confusion, I said that "I have done it" in a bar, I didn't mean with children. I meant I had gone myself because there was a line to the women's room and none in the men's. And to clarify it was a local dive, one person at a time per bathroom type deal. So I didn't see anything except a urinal. 🙂

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flossiesdoll January 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

So, do men using urinals have to take their penises out and walk around waving them at people? I had thought they would point them at the urinal, pee, then put them away again.

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Fuzzbo January 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm

You're right Flossiesdoll, that is the male pee procedure. I suspect that women don't flash their vaginas around when they leave toilet stalls either. However, they still wouldn't like it if a man was in the restroom.

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Karl February 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I'm a northern European and see nothing wrong if a mother has an emergency with her little girl and would come in and wisk her into a stall quickly. What is wrong with you Americans – still having the mentality of the Pilgrims?

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Sir Charles February 1, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I think it's less about Puritanical reasons than it is about the fact that women think it's okay to barge into men's restrooms but not okay about men going into women's rooms.

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James February 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

American public restrooms tend to have less privacy than European restrooms. Toilet stalls are designed without privacy — the doors are not full length, and there are usually gaps at the side of one-half to one inch, which allow visibility in and out of the stall. This has been discussed in several places, I found these links quickly:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061

and http://thoughtcatalog.com/timmy-parker/2013/10/30

So, also in response to flossiedoll and Fuzzbo, in a sense, yes, you are flashing your genitals when you are in your stall in a typical American public restroom, regardless of gender.

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Sir Charles February 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Not exactly sure why there are gaps in the doors, but I suspect it's to help prevent sex from occurring.

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Jessica Sear February 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Not surprised that this "mother" was Spanish AND rude. I'm a mother too but if my girls have an emergency and need to pee in the men's room, I enter apologetically and ask permission politely, explaining my urgency. I find many men are very understanding when approached reasonably and rationally.

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Frank November 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Over the years, I have become flexible with women and girls in the men's room. Single dads have no choice when either he or his little one (m or f) needs the bathroom away from home. Typically but not always, a mother will bring her son who is too young to go alone with her into the women's room. If Instead, a mother chooses to go with her child into a men's room, then she should not expect the men there to change their behavior.

I was out for a bike ride and stopped at a men's room by the bay. I walked into the room and found a mother speaking Spanish to her daughter (about 6) while the son (about 7) was peeing in the urinal furthest from the door. That left me the urinal between the boy and the his mom and sis For a split second, I considered using the stall, but then thought "No! It's a men's room, and I'm going to use the urinal". Mom and sis stood against the wall by the sink and looked right at the 2 of us while we were peeing. Out the corner of my eye, it appeared that mom was giving me the evil eye. Too bad lady! Use the women's room next time.

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