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August 18, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Radisson hotel bathroom, Wichita, KS

Dsc00324_resizedBranden Gunn writes:

Spent a week in Wichita for work, and was continually annoyed by the obvious lack of usability designed into the toilet paper holders. I'm flexible, but this was just beyond my normal range of motion. I kept putting one roll on the sink so I could reach it. Of course, the cleaning crew always put it back where it belonged. This picture was taken on my last day at the Radisson Broadview, in Wichita, Kansas.


not one but two unreachable tp holders. and that vent looks slightly broken too. god bless those crazy (flexible) kansans.

Posted by: gmangw at August 18, 2005 12:29 AM

it looks like the door could almost hit the toilet when being opened (or closed)

Posted by: john russell at August 18, 2005 01:05 AM

You know, that would be quite functional if you sat backwards on the toilet. Set your laptop on the tank and take care of business while...taking care of business.

Gotta think outside the box.... ;)

Posted by: Hoki at August 18, 2005 02:40 AM

Hm, how about reaching over the opposite shoulder? (Not that I'm saying it isn't broken, because it is. Just that maybe there was a bit of a local-minimum problem when you tried figuring out how to reach it.)

Posted by: fluffy at August 18, 2005 02:59 AM

wow that is broken, and might have a prize for the smallest Full Bathroom...

Posted by: the only Infinity at August 18, 2005 08:39 AM

No, that would be one with a urinal, a sink that slides out from the wall, and a tiny shower stall.

Posted by: Fuzzy at August 18, 2005 08:59 AM

What about the vent right at your back?!?!?!?

Posted by: Derek Mahlitz at August 18, 2005 09:34 AM

Maybe its a bidet.

Posted by: maryUm at August 18, 2005 09:40 AM

It looks like a comfortable place to rest your head as you liberate. Maybe wipe with a towel.

Posted by: friendlydrbobo at August 18, 2005 10:00 AM

This is clearly a situation where a person would need to plan carefully the "evacuation" from beginning to end. A gentle tug on both rolls should produce enough paper on either side to complete the task. The well-placed vent should remove any tell tale signs that you were ever there. I'm not sure if this is broken.

Posted by: steve at August 18, 2005 12:00 PM

The problem is that you are predisposed toward sitting on the toilet facing outward; if you turned around, you'd be fine. And you could play Solitaire!

Posted by: Boris the Spider at August 18, 2005 01:19 PM

Am I the only one who stands up to wipe? If you're worried about dribble from the front, grab a bit of TP before you sit. Honestly, what am I missing here?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 18, 2005 03:19 PM


Women don't necessarily stand up to wipe. And yeah, this is pretty obviously broken.

Posted by: Ted at August 18, 2005 04:47 PM

Umm yes you are the only one who wipes while standing up. I've only know one other person my whole life who does that.

Posted by: hellohello at August 18, 2005 04:49 PM

I wipe standing up and so does every man I have gone to the bathroom with, which is probably less than one person I guess.

But anyway, the smallest bathroom I was in, the shower was ABOVE the toilet and the sink across from the toilet. Maybe 3 by 4 feet total including that shower. The shower drain was in front of the toilet and the idea was to put the seat down before showering.

Posted by: J. Scott at August 18, 2005 07:59 PM

I believe that's the 'aerobic' configuration. By continually twisting to the left for one sheet, then to the right for another, you not only tighten your abs, but relieve constipation.

Posted by: PatheticPeripatetic at August 18, 2005 08:04 PM

I wipe standing up so this would work fine for mw -- what's the address of the hotel?!

Posted by: N at August 19, 2005 01:50 PM


Posted by: Eric at August 19, 2005 05:26 PM

definitely not ADA compliant.

Posted by: maryUm at August 20, 2005 10:26 AM

You can wipe sitting down???? Really?????

Posted by: TPTailor at August 22, 2005 12:32 AM

Wipe standing up??? How?? Standing up causes your, er, cheeks to come together. Sitting causes them to separate, facilitating access to the, er, necessary location...

Posted by: Whyper at August 23, 2005 02:44 PM

I swiffer my butt.

Posted by: friendlydrbobo at August 24, 2005 10:39 AM

Also broken- the vent in the photo is an intake for the heating/air conditioning system.

As a former installer/tech, I know that you should *never* put that in a bathroom for 2 reasons.

1) WAY too much moisture in the air, which will foul up the cooling end and cause premature rusting and wear on internal components, as well as promote mold growth in the ducts

2)If someone is less than sanitary, you could be circulating sewage funk through throughout the room/house.

Talk about Eau de Toilete

Posted by: brian at August 25, 2005 03:38 PM

You are all forgetting that there s a granite countertop present. Granite is a sign of luxury. As long as the countertop is there, they would have been perfectly justified in not even installing a comode... or bed for that matter. Do you know how comfortable granite can be?

What a crappy hotel.

I stayed in a 5 star hotel in the Domminican Republic that had a loovered bathroom door. Oh, and the entire bathroom was made of marble... everything!

What does sound do when it hits a hard non-porus surface? It ECHOES!!

It's pretty embarrasing when you have to ask your future wife to watch tv "real loud" because you have to dump some groceries.

As a matter of fact I might see if I have a pic so I can post it here.

Posted by: a_kayaker at August 25, 2005 10:32 PM

"I wipe standing up and so does every man I have gone to the bathroom with, which is probably less than one person I guess."

"me" + every other man = "me"

Seriously, why stand up to wipe?!?!?!

It makes no sense.

Posted by: asdfasd at August 28, 2005 03:01 AM

Why stand up to wipe? For the same reason one would (somehow) sit down to wipe....To clean your butt....

(Remember the old joke about how is the Starship Enterprise like toilet paper?)

Posted by: TPTailor at August 29, 2005 10:02 PM

I very much like this idea of sitting the other way on a toilet seat. perhaps if all thrones had a desk on the toilet seat, we could be more productive workers

And as for the standing up/ sitting down debate, I say "to each his own".

Now I'll just leave it at that.

Posted by: Sido at September 6, 2005 08:07 PM

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