Letters to the Editor

Restroom stalls for use by all

I would like letter writer Ms. Becca Enyard to reveal where she found the law which calls for someone to be fined for using a handicapped accessible restroom.

There is no posted fine for using a stall on any handicap equipped bathroom stall that I have ever seen. And which agency would police bathrooms and enforce such a fine?

If it was illegal for a mother to change her baby’s diaper in the handicapped stall, then why would most businesses (including some Wal-Marts and McDonalds) place the baby changing station inside the handicapped stall?

And what about buildings where the only stall is a handicap accessible stall? Does this mean that no able-bodied person may ever use the restroom in such a building? Using Ms. Enyard’s logic, one would never be able to use the toilet at our local Wendy’s or Jack in the Box, or any of at least a dozen other businesses that I frequent in this town.

I do sympathize with Ms. Enyard’s problem. But since most people don’t wear a handicapped placard on a string around their neck, it’s kind of hard to identify all the sorts of people who might have very legitimate reasons to use the handicapped stall.

Karen Gray

Oak Harbor

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