(Closed) How do I phrase this????

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wouldn’t it be easier to just direct everyone downstairs? You could put a sign like this on either or both:

Restroom reserved for private use. Washrooms are downstairs.

Handicap restrooms are not for general use. Please use the downstairs restrooms.

Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would just put “out of order,” sadly, that is probably the only way to get people not to use it.  And you won’t need to explain anything.

Post # 6
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you don’t think that people will respect the “Private Use” sign, you could always put up an “Out of Order” sign, and just spread the word amongst the physically challenged and seniors, that it is actually functional.


Post # 7
157 posts
Blushing bee

I have to agree with meskimk, putting an out-of-order sign on it and personally telling those that actually NEED it to use it would be your best option.

Post # 8
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

You can put a sign over whatever else is there saying, “Reserved for Handicapped”, or whatever verbage you would like to use. If I saw a sign saying that, then I would know to search for a different bathroom. Sure, the ocassional jackass will still use it, but it will free it up greatly for those who are actually in wheel chairs or have a hard time walking up/down stairs.

Then again, I’m very conscious of Handicapped accomodations because my brother is in a wheelchair. Maybe other people won’t care. But I think they will 🙂

Post # 9
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@kperry3: I agree

I doubt you know all the guests with IBS or something who might also need a bathroom ASAP.

Post # 10
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Create a cute sign that directs guests to the downstair bathrooms and put a private use sign on the bathroom over the signs on the door.

Post # 11
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How about an 8×10 sign that says “In respect for those who need access, this restroom is for <wheelchair symbol> or those with limited mobility usage only” and spread the word to your elderly guests that they are free to use it.

I would think that would stop people in their tracks. “Out of order” might confuse your elderly guests, imho.

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