When you’re pregnant, the urge to go to the bathroom can come up so suddenly that you’ll do anything you can to make it there on time. And one pregnant mother searching for the nearest bathroom rushed into the men’s room in the hopes of finding relief, only to be turned away.
The man who had “pushed” her out of the way to use the facilities later shared the story on Reddit wondering if he was in the wrong for denying a pregnant woman the right to use the men’s bathroom.
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“My job has a men’s and a women’s bathroom like most places, I don’t know what the women’s is like but the men’s only has one stall,” he wrote. “I go in and there’s a guy in it so I wait, and just as he’s getting out an obviously pregnant woman throws the door open and tries to push past me into the stall.”
Man Refused to Let Pregnant Woman Use Men’s Bathroom Stall Before Him
The man continues, writing, “At this point I’d been waiting to go for a decent while, and I didn’t know how long I was going to be able to wait. Additionally, it’s pretty annoying that she just ran in, didn’t knock or warn anybody, and just assumed she could use the stall. I couldn’t just sprint into a women’s bathroom with no consequences.”
He added that despite her sense of urgency he went ahead and used the bathroom and made the pregnant woman wait. “She yelled (well not quite yelled, it was like the volume level below) she had to go so I said go to the women’s,” he continued. “She said it was full and so I said sorry, but there’s nothing I can do. I did my business and I heard her leave.”
By the time he left the bathroom, a coworker had heard about the incident and called him “rude” for not letting the woman use the bathroom, leaving him to wonder if he did something wrong. Other Reddit users sided with the original poster, noting that it was “absolutely not okay for her to barge in and think she has the right to use the men’s restroom and before the next person in line.”
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“You were literally in the men’s restroom, and it was our turn next. She needs to understand boundaries,” another wrote. While some commenters were sympathetic to the expectant mom, the majority of people agreed that the man in line did nothing wrong.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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