What do you say when someone knocks on the bathroom door?

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  1. Lwelch profile image87
    Lwelchposted 10 years ago

    What do you say when someone knocks on the bathroom door?

    For some reason, while I am grateful, I am always embarrassed when someone knocks on the bathroom door in public.  Not for a stall when there are multiple, only when it is a one room bathroom. 

    How do you reply?  I waver between, "occupied" and "out in a second."

  2. moonlake profile image86
    moonlakeposted 10 years ago

    It is embarrassing especially if you have to stay awhile. I just say I'm in here so they know it's occupied. The worst is when you have to walk out and face whoever is waiting.

  3. duffsmom profile image62
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    I usually say, Someone's in here, I'll be out in a minute.  Like you, for some reason I feel incredibly embarrassed.

  4. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 10 years ago

    this has happened to me.........

    I said,   I am in the bathroom

    a small voice said..........it is Grandma..............

    well, I am still in the bathroom and Grandma has to wait.

    I get you......37 stalls, and   SOMEONE has to pick the very one that adjoins mine.!

  5. The Invincible profile image59
    The Invincibleposted 10 years ago

    Happened with me several times. I just keep mum. I prefer not to say a word. This usually irks the one waiting outside... Mission accomplished. smile

    1. moonlake profile image86
      moonlakeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Funny...but I wouldn't keep mum they just might go get the key and open the door.

  6. sangre profile image95
    sangreposted 10 years ago

    This annoys me. If the door is locked this obviously there is someone in it. But I would wait and see if they knock again and if they do then I would be like you, I would say occupied.

    1. Lwelch profile image87
      Lwelchposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oddly, while I am embarrassed, I am also not annoyed.  I have been in a number of single room toilets with bad locks.  You THINK they are locked and then someone tries to turn the doorknob and you hear a little, "pop!"  and see the door open. EEEEEK!

  7. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 10 years ago


  8. profile image75
    grumpiornotposted 10 years ago

    I'm not too concerned unless the person in the same toilet immediately prior to me left a bad odour - then you must walk out and try to imply that the "zing" was not you... that is a challenge...

  9. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 10 years ago

    I try not to even use public restrooms, unless I am positive the place is really clean.  If someone knocks....I yell, "I'll be out in a minute....just finishing up the paper work!"
    They're usually still laughing when I exit!

  10. whonunuwho profile image55
    whonunuwhoposted 10 years ago

    Great Gawd, have mercy upon this wretched soul. who darest knock upon my door, As the lightning strikes and thunder dost quake, while I in my weakest position a break, stand back, sir, or madam, as it may be, leave me alone and let me pea, shake in your boots, oh rudest interloper, are you but a crazy fiend, or perhaps a weird doper, remove thyself from this, in  my presence to be, thou of little respect and dost thou not see, It is I, the great cable guy, who occupies this fond stool, whilst those of little renown, play as the fool. Ha ha he he,ha,he.he ha, now that I have fouled myself, and soiled my finest clothes, for you, only you, and for who, only Gawd, knows!!! On the other hand and not a poet at heart, I would just say in my feeble voice.."Hello out there..out in a minute, if you please".

    1. Cardia profile image80
      Cardiaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaha! I must remember to use that next time for sure!

    2. montylyn profile image60
      montylynposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I love it and I will give you a thumbs up

    3. ketage profile image81
      ketageposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LMAO . good Grief , What a verbose answer , It was hilarious , I voted this up , and shared with friends.

    4. The Examiner-1 profile image61
      The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I will bet that you would be too 'surprised' to think all of that. Besides, they would probably leave by the time that you finish saying it all.

    5. toptendeals profile image75
      toptendealsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'll have to pull this up on my cell next time it happens to me :p

  11. Cardia profile image80
    Cardiaposted 10 years ago

    I normally say "Someone's in here!"
    What sort of bothers me is when the person continues to knock, even after you've told them that the stall is occupied! That's happened to me a few times.

  12. waterlily13 profile image62
    waterlily13posted 10 years ago

    "I'm in here" is my usual answer. I don't think I say anything else beyond that.

  13. dhupsaya profile image59
    dhupsayaposted 10 years ago

    At home, i would say "What? wait!!!".

    But if out side home i wouldn't answer. I will just keep quite.  But i must say Its really not to polite to knock while some one is there. We should wait until comes out.

  14. EVernon profile image61
    EVernonposted 10 years ago

    I hate when this happens. I don't know, I usually say something like 'I'm in here!!' or 'WAIT!' incase they walk in... some people don't seem to wait between knocking and opening the door!

  15. jenniferlynn78 profile image61
    jenniferlynn78posted 10 years ago

    Same thing every time..."Someone's in here!"

  16. bizzymom profile image61
    bizzymomposted 10 years ago

    If I am in a public restroom, I just simply say "someone is in here."  Although I hate when a person knocks and then tries to turn the door handle.  This happens often at work and then I don't answer because I know the door is locked and the person should just patiently wait until the door opens!

  17. ryancarter profile image61
    ryancarterposted 10 years ago

    I got a big brown dog barkin at my back door... you know what I'm saying?

  18. wingedcentaur profile image68
    wingedcentaurposted 10 years ago

    Next time that happens say this: "If you're a salesperson, you're wasting your time. I am very happy with my telephone service!"

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image61
      The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I would come back with "Avon calling!"

  19. krillco profile image86
    krillcoposted 10 years ago

    In reply, I shout: "'C'mon in, and breathe deep!"

  20. papiyajana profile image61
    papiyajanaposted 9 years ago

    Its very embarrassing. To handle this type of situation, I generally say, please wait for some time.

  21. Sarniah Samon profile image60
    Sarniah Samonposted 9 years ago

    wait a minute..a lot of business doing inside

  22. Kim Stretch profile image69
    Kim Stretchposted 9 years ago

    Aussie Comedian, Carl Barron, does a brilliant skit on this situation.
    "Someone's in heeeeeeeerrrrghhhhh".


  23. The Examiner-1 profile image61
    The Examiner-1posted 9 years ago

    I would say the most obvious question/reply.

    "Who is there? There is someone in here at the moment."

  24. Tammy L profile image71
    Tammy Lposted 9 years ago

    Most people take the hint when the door is locked and go away.  Any vocalized phrase will let the person know the bathroom is in use. They all know rats and cockroaches don't talk.

  25. C.V.Rajan profile image58
    C.V.Rajanposted 9 years ago

    It depends on what you are busy with and what mood you are in. If you are really in the  dirty side of either, perhaps you can shout "S**t"?!


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