The Truth About Handicap Stalls: Debunking the Myths and Etiquette Revealed

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation in a public restroom? Well, you are not alone. A recent video titled "I was in the handicapped stall 😳😳 I went straight to confess my sins after this encounter" has sparked a lively discussion on social media platforms. In this video, the creator shares their encounter in a handicap accessible stall and the guilt they felt afterward. But is there really a reason to feel guilty? Let's dive deeper into the comments and find out the truth.

One user commented, "That stall is handicap *accessible*, not *exclusive*. Other people can use it if they need to, though of course, people with disabilities get priority, and one should try to use the other stalls to that end." This comment highlights an important distinction. Handicap stalls are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities, but they are not reserved exclusively for them. Anyone can use these stalls when necessary.

Another user added, "Handicap stalls are accessible, but they're not reserved. That means that anybody can use them—but if someone who can use ONLY the handicap stall needs it, then they have first dibs when it's open, because they can't use any of the others." This comment clarifies that while handicap stalls are available for everyone, individuals who rely solely on these stalls due to their disabilities should be given priority when they are available.

It's also worth noting that the video sparked references to popular TV shows. One comment humorously suggested, "Should have learnt tips from The IT Crowd. =)" This humorous reference reminds us that even in fictional scenarios, the use of handicap accessible stalls can lead to comical situations.

While some people may feel guilty for using these stalls, it's important to remember that they are designed to be accessible, not reserved exclusively for people with disabilities. As one user put it, "Handicapped accessible toilet stalls are not 'handicapped only' stalls. Non-handicapped people are allowed to use them." So, if you find yourself in a situation like this, there's no need to panic or feel like a "trash human." Finish your business and leave without worry.

Etiquette also comes into play when multiple stalls are available, and a line of people is waiting. If a wheelchair-bound person enters the bathroom, it's considerate to give them dibs on the next available handicap stall. This ensures that individuals with specific accessibility needs are accommodated without having to wait their turn in line.

The video "I was in the handicapped stall 😳😳 I went straight to confess my sins after this encounter" has sparked an important conversation about the use and etiquette of handicap accessible stalls. These stalls are designed to be accessible to everyone, and while individuals with disabilities have priority, non-handicapped individuals can use them when necessary. So, next time you find yourself in a public restroom, remember the etiquette and be considerate of others' needs.

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Top Comments from Reddit

shadow_229

Handicap stalls are accessible, but they're not reserved. That means that anybody can use them—but if someone who can use ONLY the handicap stall needs it, then they have first dibs when it's open, because they can't use any of the others. You have nothing to feel guilty about. Use away!

dnyal

That stall is handicap *accessible*, not *exclusive*. Other people can use it if they need to, though of course, people with disabilities get priority, and one should try to use the other stalls to that end.

KokakGamer

Should have learnt tips from The IT Crowd. =) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW2esYwKxiU](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW2esYwKxiU)

Dr_Juice_

This was a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.

Wishilikedhugs

If anyone has an issue with using these stalls, remember, it's "handicapped accessible," not "handicapped priority." If one is being used, they have to wait just like everyone else.

101rungs

This has happened to me. I just panicked and lifted my legs like that did anything at all. My normal morning dump turned into anxiety diarrhea. You feel like such a trash human.

funthebunison

Everyone has to wait for the s***ter sometimes. I'm s***ting in whatever stall is open.

bodhiseppuku

"I'll be right out, man." Handicapped accessible toilet stalls are not 'handicapped only' stalls. Non-handicapped people are allowed to use them. If this happened to me, I'd just finish and leave. No issue. If I were in a bathroom, and there were multiple stalls and a line of people waiting, when a wheelchair bound person came into the bathroom, I'd definitely give them 'dibs' on the next handicapped stall that was available... and not make them wait their turn in line ... to be GGG.

Weak_Weather9765

The handicapped stalls in public restrooms are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. They are not reserved for people with disabilities. But I feel ya!

Potential-Height96

A handicap stall is for anyone to use and if you’re in there when a wheelchair user comes in they have to wait. If you’re both waiting in line then they should go first. You may have a non physical disability, are going through medical treatment or have IBS which means if you have to go it’s just as important. If no other stalls are free, but no you’re not a bad person if you go in first and theres no disabled people waiting.

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