Posted by Paul Malo on October 19, 2002 at 07:30:40:
In Reply to: Re: Please read before making statements - private restrooms should cost less. posted by Peter on October 19, 2002 at 00:38:35:
There is a security issue here as well as a privacy issue. When one provides private dressing rooms in retail facilities, for instance, there is reasonable concern for the sort of things that go on behind closed doors. This is a management problem even with private stalls in public rest rooms. Some of these closed quarters have been rendevous sites for objectionable characters and their practices. Need I go into unpleasant details?
If the issue is privacy, then having TV monitors in all the "private" rooms would not be much of an improvement, would it? Aren't people as safe, or safer, in communal facilities than in secluded ones? Do you prefer the busy sidewalk or the dark alley?
There are usually two sides to every argument--and designers need to be wary of latching onto any single argument.
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