Not so long ago my friend S. mentioned that, while visiting the US, she'd felt awfully exposed in the public loos because of the gap between the loo doors and their walls. I rather suddenly realized why early in my stay I had felt so completely claustrophobic in English public toilets.
You'll have to forgive the poor photography below. Both my friend in the US and I found that it is virtually impossible to get a whole toilet door in a photograph.
|US public restroom door #1|
It looks like just a sliver from this angle, but my American friend was kind enough to provide us with a close up as well.
|Now imagine you're in the queue with a small child who asks questions.|
The Brits have a rather obvious solution to peek-a-boo in the loo.
|It's all about hinges.|
I think I can add stall doors to the list of ways in which British engineering is better than American engineering.