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June 5, 2007 12:23 AM

Broken: Detroit airport bathroom stall door

Airport_stall_door2Doreen Sawani writes:

A bathroom stall door I encountered in a lady's bathroom in the Detroit Metro Airport has a handle on the same side as the door hinge. When I first came upon this door, which was in the open position, I saw the handle and, in my haste, grabbed it and pulled. Such is the suggestive power of a handle. It took me a moment to realize that pulling the handle was completely pointless.


OMG that is the brokenist thing i ever saw. whoever installed that door should be shot or at least fired. most (all?) handles are on the OTHER side of the door away from the hinge.

that handle is completely superfluous in that position just remove it and use the lock as a handle

Posted by: PC_nut at June 5, 2007 12:54 AM

The photos are a little confusing but I think I get it.

So, you still operate the handle but you have to apply a lot more torque to get it to close?

Maybe it's meant to be reached from a sitting position.

Posted by: DavesBrain at June 5, 2007 09:12 AM

Agreed, very broken. However, I'm sure the other people in the bathroom thought it was equally broken that you were taking pictures in the dunny.

Posted by: VHoratio at June 5, 2007 01:43 PM

"whoever installed that door should be shot or at least fired at."


Posted by: Forebodingburger at June 5, 2007 05:36 PM

Some dummy mounted the door backwards. Gosh, that's broken. I agree 100 percent sign (100%).


Posted by: Maxaxle at June 5, 2007 09:00 PM

Doreen this is actually not broken. This door makes it easier for people in a wheelchair to reach the handle. They would otherwise have to stretch.

Posted by: Chrisrtr at June 8, 2007 10:52 AM

Hi Chrisrtr. The door handle serves no purpose because it's on the same side as the hinge. Pulling the handle does not open or close the door. No one would have any need to reach the handle.

Also, the stall was not designed for a wheelchair user. It was the same width and depth as the other stalls -- despite having a safety bar on the wall. I included this info in my original post but it was edited out.

Posted by: DoreenS at June 8, 2007 01:44 PM

even if it IS for handicapped use, then putting the handle there would be even worse b/c it'd be harder to push the door open or shut. If it's for handicapped use it'd be lower, not on the other side of the door.

Posted by: katkat at June 9, 2007 04:47 PM

The only way this could get more broken would have been to put the handle and the lock on the outside.

Posted by: Boomshadow at June 21, 2007 10:58 PM

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