I work in a school in which most of the faculty and staff are women. There is one man on our campus, our counselor.
On our hallway, there are two teacher bathrooms. One is designated for women; the other for men; both have locks similar to one pictured above.
Since there are no male teachers on our hall, the female teachers use the men's restroom when the women's restroom is occupied.
Unlike the lock pictured, our doors are labeled "Locked" to show occupants which way to turn the lock so one can make sure the door is locked before taking care of business.
If you are a teacher, you probably can relate to what I will describe next.
- My students are in specials, so it's my conference time. It's almost time to pick them up, but I need to go take care of business.
- I wear a fanny pack that holds my badge, keys, cellphone, and Mustang Bucks (used to reward students for meeting expectations).
- I enter the lavatory. Take off my fanny pack. Take care of business.
- Just as I'm buckling my belt, and about to wash my hands, the bathroom door swings open.
Fortunately, I was finished and completely dressed.
My colleague and I had a good laugh, and I learned that she was the reason the labels were placed on the doors in the first place.