WBUR reports on law signed by Gov. Patrick last week that requires businesses with at least three employees to let people with doctor's notes use their restrooms. Among the law's backers: Tom Menino, who has Crohn's disease.
I can understand the sentiment but depending on where you are it might be worth letting the businesses' employees direct you to a closer public bathroom.
I used to work for a retailer downtown, in the first floor of an office building, and we used the bathroom on whatever floor wasn't occupied by a business at the time, usually the 12th. Customers would get mad that we wouldn't allow them to use the facilities, but it was much faster for them to walk the hundred yards to the visitor's center or food court nearby...of course the need was urgent but they would still have time to spend five minutes arguing with us about it.
Really? Customers didn't understand if you told them, "You can use our bathroom if you want, but it's on the 12th floor, so the food court is closer"?
People with crohns disease can sometimes have explosive diarrhea, so a couple of minutes can be a long time.