PARENTAL ADVISORY – CONTAINS BRAPA HUMOUR
This series of posts is a real labour of love. I hope you appreciate the effort and danger involved.
The quality of pub toilet signage becomes more important as you get older. Just ask Mrs RM.
It’s both a matter of finding them (particularly in Spoons), and then finding the right one. Just ask Simon;
To be fair to Simon, ambiguous signage like this one doesn’t help, particularly given modern trends in fashion;
We need a Campaign for Unambiguous Toilet Signage, like the example near Hull Minerva at the top, or this sterling effort from the Bell in Barton Mills;
If the words don’t help, you’ll see the man is smiling as his will be the shorter queue.
It’s the attempts at humour I can’t stand. Five points if you can guess what the male equivalent in the Fox in Rutland is called;
And this old favourite is fine if you can tell left from right and east from west;
While in the Stags Head confusion must reign if you’re a bloke needing to phone home;
As so often, the Germans and Poles do this sort of thing properly. How can could this go wrong ?
Finally I see some pubs have started putting up some economical special signage just for Simon. The likeness in uncanny.
Just don’t get me started on micropub loos. Or unisex ones.
7 thoughts on “PUB LOO SIGNAGE – AVOIDING BRAPA DISASTERS”
I’d have to go back to check for certain, but I’m sure I’ve been in one Fox & Hounds where the gents’ was labelled “Foxes” and the ladies’ “Hounds”. The opposite would be a bit objectionable, but that’s just weird.
You’re right, remember that but can’t remember where. Labelling in French far worse, of course.
I had a problem along these lines at the weekend. The pub had two toilet doors labelled ‘Standing’ and ‘Sitting’. I assumed that behind one door there would be a bank of urinals only whilst behind the other would be a unisex row of cubicles, failing miserably to recognise that the labels were a ‘humorous’ attempt to signify Male & Female. Unfortunately for me, I was in need of the ‘sitting’ facilities and therefore blundered into the female toilet (thankfully empty), before realising my error. There’s a lot to be said for unambiguous toilet signage!
Another one I encountered recently simply had the silhouette of cat on one door and a rooster on the other – took me a while to figure that one out too.
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That last one would have completely defeated me !
You need more clearly defined rules like North Carolina has put in place. Simon would have been in real trouble there.
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Nah, spoons in easy. 70% of the toilets are upstairs, 20% downstairs and the rest on the ground floor. I suspect it’s this rogue 10% they have been selling off.
Finding the things in the first place is tricky in a lot of pubs, you used to be able to see where the locals walked off to, but now of course they’re heading off for a smoke.
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Finding the stairs I Spoons becomes the issue as you get older!