A new building code proposal in Los Angeles has been met with strong opposition from an unusual source. The rule, which would require all bathrooms be at least reasonably isolated from public areas, has been long supported by unions and nervous bathroom users alike. But in The City of Angeles, it's facing opposition from Los Angeles' most numerous interest group.
"It hardly matters who's in the stall if I can't even see through the gaps. Looking near the hinges, going under the near-one-foot gap at the bottom, or just peering in creepily over the stall walls, that's all just a part of modern American culture, at least as I experience it" complains Jeremy, a regular user of an automatic spank machine in his Culver City home. "America has become alienated enough – do we want to truly separate everyone like this? Is there no such thing as a community where I can watch strangers poop anymore?"
Some take a less hard-line approach, like Dave, who has a collection of pornographic body pillows: "Am I on crazy pills? With these changes I'd have to put my ear to the stall wall to hear the plops and splashes we've all come to know. Wouldn't that be much more invasive?"
At the end of the day, the rule change's fate lies in the hands of city councilors like Franklin Restreppo, who peeps through people's windows while they sleep. "We should have a society where people have a more explicit form of tacit consent for our creepiness," he explains. "People are supposed to look through windows. That's what their for. But these restroom facilities? That's a bridge too far."