Have you ever been locked in a bathroom? It happened to me last week and I was surprised at the level of panic I felt when I couldn’t open the door. I was in a small 24 hour fitness facility. It was early morning and the gym was quiet. I remember seeing a few people on the treadmills as I walked to the group fitness room to set up for my class.
I had already consumed over 24 oz of lemon water and two cups of coffee, so needless to say my first stop was the bathroom.
When I started to leave the restroom , I quickly turned the lever lock to open the door and it wouldn’t budge! I immediately felt a sense of panic, dread, and disbelief. I started beating on the door to get someone’s attention, but had no luck.
Then I started thinking…..What am I going to do??
Where was MacGyver when I needed him? If I only had some chewing gym, a paper clip or maybe a Swiss Army Knife, surely I could get out of this situation.
The lock looked like one of the privacy indicator deadbolt locks. It had a lever that when you turn it to the right it locks the door and shows “occupied” on the outside of the door.
The door was very solid with no play in it, so I immediately tried to push the lock with all my might to try to force it open. It wouldn’t budge and to make matters worse:
- I had no cell phone – I had left it in the group fitness room
- The music in the gym was playing extremely loud- What if no one could hear me???
- There were only a few people in the club
- I was at the end of the hall where very few people go unless they are going to that particular bathroom (which now that I was locked inside- showed occupied on the other side)
I continued to bang on the door and put all my weight up against it as I relentlessly tried to open the lock. NO LUCK! Suddenly I started to feel a bit claustrophobic.
Why did this have to happen to me????
After yelling and banging on the door for quite sometime, I finally heard someone come up and ask me if I was locked in, and needless to say, I was relieved! He told me he would make a phone call and get someone there to get me out.
And believe it or not, I got out in time to teach my class!
This made me wonder about other situations like this. I later found out this happened to someone else at this same club and they were locked in the bathroom for a couple of hours! I heard the owner ended up giving him some free gym time for his pain and suffering. It’s definitely a frightening experience especially if there are no windows and you are in an isolated place. And with my luck, I’m sure it could happen again. Therefore, I did some research and found out this actually happens quite often. One man got locked in a Burger King bathroom
An Oregon man is suing Burger King for backing out of a ‘meals for life’ deal.
Curtis Brooner says the fast food giant offered the deal because he got locked in the bathroom for more than an hour at a restaurant in Wood Village last month.
Brooner’s attorney Michael Fuller told KATU that his client went to pull the door and it wouldn’t open.
I did some additional research and did not find any useful information on how to get out when you’re locked on the inside of a bathroom without anything you could use as a tool to pick the lock. Therefore, I’ve vowed to avoid public bathrooms as much as possible and only use bathrooms that have multiple stalls with no locks on the exit door.