what is the purpose of the gap in the toilet stalls? What are they used for?

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Edit: for clarity, I mean between the door.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Also allows to discourage illicit activity like drug use, sex, etc. it’s a bummer when you find a guy who overdosed a few days ago in a stall. 

Anonymous 0 Comments

If you’re talking about the gap between the stall and floor, it’s for cleaning purposes. Makes it way easier to mop and prevents disgusting build-up in corners since there aren’t any

Anonymous 0 Comments

Part of the idea is to make a toilet stall less private so people don’t do naughty things in there or dawdle.

Anonymous 0 Comments

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLNnwN62_8w](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLNnwN62_8w) You will find this video by Ryan George very informative; it discusses this very phenomenon.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Mostly it is to make it easier to install and maintain. Having tight fits requires more measurements and more precision in both crafting and installing the components

Anonymous 0 Comments

Some guys also have a very wide stance, and this helps with that. The Minneapolis airport has notoriously narrow stalls from what I hear.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Toilets all over the world exist without needing these gaps for any of these reasons. For a prudish country this lack of privacy is just weird. Move on America. Enjoy taking a shit in privacy like the rest of us 🙂

Anonymous 0 Comments

Costanza, is that you?!

Anonymous 0 Comments

Because conservative America created a generation of sexually repressed men that sought ways to discreetly hook up with other men for sex in the 50s through 70s. Glory holes became the rage. Anonymous hookups. Truck stops. Department store and mall public restrooms.

And so gaps started appearing in designs to intimidate occupants.

The fact that most people don’t seem to be aware of this of very telling in itself.