PUB LOO SIGNAGE – AVOIDING BRAPA DISASTERS

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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;

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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;

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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;

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This one from Brentwood is even worse;

 

And this old favourite is fine if you can tell left from right and east from west;

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While in the Stags Head confusion must reign if you’re a bloke needing to phone home;

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Stags Head, London W1

As so often, the Germans and Poles do this sort of thing properly.  How can could this go wrong ?

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Polish/German border

I ended up in the ladies.

Finally I see some pubs have started putting up some economical special signage just for Simon.  The likeness in uncanny.

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Just don’t get me started on micropub loos. Or unisex ones.

 

7 thoughts on “PUB LOO SIGNAGE – AVOIDING BRAPA DISASTERS

  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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