Help us turn our restroom back into somewhere safe for kids
March 14, 2012 6:08 PM Subscribe
Short-staffed libraries, how do you keep your restrooms from becoming a hookup spot? Seriously.
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a public library. In the last couple of months we've busted a number of couples in the bathroom together and have found clear evidence that we failed to catch other couples.
We're short-staffed, and our higherups want us to keep increasing how often we check the restrooms. In theory it's a great solution. In practice, when you're the only person on the desk and you constantly have someone waiting for help while you're helping someone else, it's a problem. It's also extremely uncomfortable for a woman to go check the men's room where you already know people sometimes have sex, but that's another matter.
Some of us suggested cameras just outside the restrooms, recording who goes in and out. TPTB don't want to spend the money.
Some of us suggested just locking the restrooms, requiring people to ask to be let in. TPTB don't want to do that, and it's unworkable anyway since we're already so short-staffed.
We're starting to think TPTB are in denial about the extent of the problem and have thought more than once about calling the press to tell them what's going on. So far, none of us have.
We're feeling frustrated, powerless, annoyed with the patrons, enraged with TPTB, etc. AskMe please hope us.