Today, I got locked in the disabled toilets at work with noone else in the whole building to free me.
Im usually the last to leave in our building. I'm a team leader and like to stay on a bit to do all those little things I have put off during the day without interruption.
Tonight was no different.
I went to the bathroom before I left for the day. I usually use the disabled toilets for two reasons-
1. We dont have any disabled people employed here so its always free
2. It's my own protest about our only other toilet being situated off the kitchen. Yes. OFF THE KITCHEN. I find that quite gross, don't you?
So here I am, happily doing my business, washing my hands etc.
I tug the handle to get out and...it's stuck.
My stomach drops.
I wiggle it some more.
I start to panic, because this bathroom has always reminded me a little bit of the one from Saw. Ive never seen a dead body lying in the middle of it, but surely that could happen any day.
Then the automatic light turns off.
I wiggle the door hysterically, yelling out. No use- everyone else has gone home.
My phone isnt even in my pocket!
There were tears. Im ashamed to admit it.
I tried to McGyver the lock with my hairpins, but without vision this seemed to be an unlikely scenario.
Finally, I slumped down against the door and sat there, with no energy or the will to cry out anymore. I had resigned myself to the fact I was simply staying the night here.
I even did a weak little smile at the thought of me being the very first in the office tomorrow, which never happens.
By this stage I thought I had been confined for HOURS.
Suddenly, I bolt upright. I reach about 4cms under the lock I have been jiggling, scratching, banging and poking at for what felt like eternity, and simply turned the little latch.
I was so caught up in my own hysteria, that I could have simply OPENED THE DOOR PROPERLY the whole time.
The kicker? I looked at the clock when I got out, and I had only been in that dreaded toilet for 21 minutes.
I'm so using the toilet that is off the kitchen from now on.