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July 24, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Bathroom access

DoorwithcodeA reader writes in:

Having a typepad and a sign with the code next to it seems like having a locked door with a key hanging from the handle.


The idea was probably to limit access to employees only, or other authorized users. Then management got annoyed when people kept asking the code to use the restroom that they just posted the code, as it's cheaper than replacing the door handle. Or it's a prank because that's the wrong code.

Posted by: klew at July 24, 2006 12:41 AM

Well, it would be broken if that's access to the single bathroom, but otherwise, it's just because they want to let others gain access to the bathroom.

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at July 24, 2006 02:58 AM

It keeps the drunks out.

Posted by: Dennis at July 24, 2006 10:39 AM

They're hoping that you'll forget the code once inside. So you can get in, but not out. It's a trap to find out which guests use the employee's bathroom. Thus, not broken :-)

Posted by: LKM at July 24, 2006 10:40 AM

maby the room was not a bathroom in the past and they just reused the door.

Posted by: Joe The Dragon at July 24, 2006 03:02 PM

I really can't offer any explanation for *why* you put a passcode lock on a bathroom, but I think the management did the appropriate and cost effective soliution of posting the passcode.

Posted by: Ducky at July 24, 2006 06:43 PM

I've seen similar a lot in Hospitals and nursing homes. If it is in that usage it's not broken.. it is to allow the people who have their senses and can connect the sign to the keypad to use the door.. people with stages of alzheimers couldn't manage to figure it out.. sometimes you don't want people with alzheimers/dementia using the bathroom unassisted or leaving..

Posted by: infinity3060 at July 24, 2006 06:51 PM

It's kind of broken, but at least they give you the code.

Just imagine it if they didn't.

Random guy:"Aww... man, I need to use the john really badly"

Employee: There's one down the hall. You might not want to use it though. *snickers*"

Random guy: "thanks *rushes to bathroom*"

Random guy: "*sees line* What's the holdup?"

Another Random guy:"An employee told me to use this bathroom, but there's a lock on it."

Employee: "*walks past line* To use the bathroom, you must be a slave to our company.BWHAHAHA!"

Random guys: *pee pants*

Posted by: wafflecannon at July 26, 2006 08:41 PM

This is more like fixed. The sign is the fix.

Posted by: Sean at August 6, 2006 06:59 AM

Maybe its purpose is to keep people who can't read engrish from using the bathroom.

Posted by: carnivore at September 19, 2006 11:33 AM

Carnivore wrote:

Maybe its purpose is to keep people who can't read engrish from using the bathroom.

Aquatic Mushroom says:

I cant even read engrish.

Posted by: Aquatic Mushroom at November 7, 2006 10:18 PM

I think they use it to control access to the toilet by time.

Maybe its located in a area where they cannot lock the outer door. Maybe a intersection area for different stores with different opening/close times..

And then the store who "owns" the toilet dosent want it to be used when that store is closed, so they simply put a codelock on the door.

But maybe the codelock dosent have any bistable function, where you can push a code to unlock, and push a code to lock, so they simply have a code posted.

And then they add it with the manager code when the store oens, and delete it with the manager code when store closes.

Posted by: sebastian at May 6, 2007 11:20 AM

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