The Bathroom Kumaaran* strikes again
A 30 year old guy, at around 12 Noon, after a client meeting, goes to the restroom to release his frustration. He locks the door and enjoys the solitude that’s being provided by a closed room with absolutely no human intervention. After leaving a deep sigh of relief, he takes rest on the pedestal made available for poor souls like him. He logs in to his FB account searching for updates from friends when, from out of the blue, he listens to two women speaking. He assumes the voices are from his phone. Some new FB application to scare technically handicapped people like him, he thinks! But no, the voices are from just outside the door. Panic strikes him. He feels he has entered the ladies rest room by mistake. He recollects the way to the restroom. He remembers seeing ‘GENTS’ on the door and also, having seen urinals on his way; a ladies rest room can never have those mounted on the wall for obvious reasons. He keeps quiet, thinking the women are new joinees and has unknowingly entered the men’s restroom, but realizes that the female gender is not that dumb. He confirms that he has got himself into a new trouble, but isn’t sure what it is. The door knob turns. He immediately looks at the lock to ensure if he is ‘safe’. He stays put, waiting inside the room for the women to leave. 5 mins… 15 mins…. The women folk are still in; they are discussing on the upcoming Christmas holidays. He wonders if, by any chance, he is at fault and worries about what others would think if it actually is – He will be terminated; he will end up being the laughing stock for a lifetime; will be disowned by his parents; his missus will leave him for good, which, on the contrary, brought a smile to his overly concerned face. After all, nobody believes a guy in such a situation. He looks at his watch…20 mins…and no sign of them leaving. Suddenly, silence prevails. Best time to escape, he thinks. He quietly opens the door and starts walking tip toe. To his horror, he starts hearing the two women speak again. With all the available courage and leftover shame, he proceeds towards the main door only to get the shock of his life. Two house keeping ladies, inside the men’s restroom near the mirror, waiting patiently with bathroom mugs, mops and what not!! He pauses for a while, looks at them and asks them sarcastically “Is this not the restroom for men?”. The ladies giggle. He comes out and fumes at the Admin head through an email for letting women inside the men’s restroom.
The escalation was of no use; the damage to my image was already done!!! Apparently, there weren’t any male staffs for cleaning up the restroom yesterday and they had no other choice. But the least they could have done was to send some male representative inside to check if anybody was inside the restroom before barging in!!!
Well, this isn’t something which I am actually proud of and would easily feature in the list of the most embarrassing moments of my life, if at all I prepare one someday. I happened to narrate this to a few of my colleagues and now there are different versions of the story; one of them even mentions that I was being MMS-ed !!!
*For the uninitiated, Bathroom Kumaaran is one of my nicknames in the Blog world, after having gone through similar bathroom escapades in the past.