I am a big fan of coffee, and I also love to write. And even though I am not one for loud noises, unless it’s my music of course, I tend to focus better in places that have a lot of hustle and bustle. It might not make sense, but it’s true.
There is one downside to coffee though. Now before any other coffee lovers get offended, coffee is an inanimate object. It’s has no emotions. It can be hot or cold, bitter or sweet, and strong or weak. Words use to also to describe people and their characteristics. But coffee is just some ground beans, with water, milk and sometimes flavors with either steam or ice. It doesn’t have a brain or how most people like to say, a heart. SO just because you love something does not mean it will love you equally back. My point is that I might love coffee a lot but within half an hour of drinking it, I have to pee.
So I took my headphones out, and let the loud music, hustle and bustling or people and their chit-chatting, and So I got up and headed over to the single use public restroom of Starbucks. And as anyone would do, I knocked on the door and tried my best to hear if someone was there or not. BUt I didn’t hear anything, not that i really could have over the coffee shops sounds. So I tried the door figuring it would be locked if someone was in there.
The lady did indeed lock the door, and in a louder, more annoyed tone said she would be right out. I quickly apologized, and leaned against the wall, and crossed my arms trying not to let her tone get to me, since well I really didn’t hear her at all before.
Working at a coffee shop myself, I understand how some people don’t understand. Most people can be very patient, understanding and pretty nice. And some people, well are not and like to make sure you know how stupid you can be for not being able to hear, understand, or read their minds, or working somewhere where they don’t agree with how they are done that you have no control over. So I understand some people have some issues.
She comes out all annoyed giving me the dirtiest look and sighing angrily at me. Almost as if to wordlessly say, “I said I would be right out, but you tried the door anyways as if you could hear anything or something.” In my head I’m like, “well okay then.” Then hurry into the bathroom. I soon came to realize that the bathroom is much more quieter than the rest of the coffee shop. SO the lady probably thought that she was loud enough, and didn’t realize that outside of the restroom it was much louder and harder to hear.
But this all leads me to one question: why aren’t public, single use, restrooms more obvious when it is occupied? Why can’t the word: “OCCUPIED” appear like it does on a porter potty when you lock it? Or have the door fully close only when it is locked? or have the people have to flip a sign first? or something so that when it is loud and harder to hear things, people don’t get annoyed or anything. It seems like it makes sense. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have this happen to or to notice.