I am on blood pressure pills and drink a lot of coffee. That makes me go to the restroom quite a bit. I am a frequent Walmart and Costco customer. Owned by the same company, the restrooms provided there are similar in structure. One day, on my way to Walmart, I had to urinate really bad. I made it, driving faster than usual and by walking fast and awkward.
The Walmart restroom entrance is a doorway with water fountains in the middle. The left of the doorway is usually the women’s restroom and the right, the men’s. I had been to this restroom before. It is different from the others. Unlike the others, this one had the women’s restroom to the right and the men’s to the left. I went into the wrong one.
I did not notice that the restroom did not have men’s urinals. There were only had toilet enclosures. I did notice there was one person sitting in the toilet on the second enclosure. It was closed. I took the fourth enclosure. My urine hitting water made was loud. It is clearly a different sound than if I was a woman sitting down. When I was finished, I came out of the booth and there was a heavy set lady, looking at me with rage. She lectured me in a foreign language, probably Spanish. I did not realize what I did until she pointed to the “Women” sign.
I looked at the sink. I wanted to wash my hands, but I left rather hurriedly and apologetically. I then paused and looked. The lady was not looking, so I went to wash my hands in the men’s room. I was only there shopping to buy one item – a package of socks. I wanted to leave fast in case anyone from security wanted to get to me. It was an honest mistake. I can’t be in that much trouble. Although worried, I decided to buy my socks.
About 50 feet from the register check out was the lady. She had the janitor’s cart so she apparently was the janitor. I observed her the whole time I was in line to pay. She was not even looking around, so apparently, she was over it and she did not tell anyone. I was still on guard for a security officer coming to talk or apprehend me. I paid and left without further incident.
- Mistakes Happen: Ben Baligad