Parking spaces for physically disabled people near the entrance to buildings are necessary.To enable people with mobility issues to have access to those buildings. That is only fair and right and obvious.
People who disregard this rule are appallingly inconsiderate and disrespectful of other people who may be physically disadvantaged.
So I am not a complete monster.
However I was faced with a dilemma at lunchtime today.
After my toasted cheese sandwich and bowl of carrot and ginger soup, I went for a little stroll to stretch my legs for quarter of an hour before facing the afternoon stretch.
The four mugs of coffee I had drank that morning was excessive, even by may capacious standards.
I needed to use the facilities.
On the three floors of my work building, all the cubicles were occupied. And it’s cubicles all the way in the Gents in my workplace.
I was anxious to get back to being a high-powered executive who is cut-throat in business. But I had no idea how long the wait would be, before I could do that. Even worse – what if the cubicle was not occupied, but malfunctioning? And locked from the outside by the cleaning staff.
The possibilities were endless. And I needed to go.
So I ducked next door into the unisex disabled toilet. There’s one on every floor.
If I was in a public place or a shopping centre or a restaurant, this is not something that I would have done. Like the parking space, in a public place the facilities for disabled folk ought to be respected.
My office however never receives outside visitors. Why would a visitor want to visit the purgatory of a suburban office park? Secondly the job functions in our location are not customer facing. We never meet new people.
No-one in my building suffers an obvious physical disability.
I wasted no time.
I was back at my desk in the blink of an eye. No-one had witnessed my devious act.
I felt a touch guilty however. Like I had broken some moral code. Overthinking scenarios is an irritating habit that I have. I know that in my office building – which would have been built this century – providing toilet facilities for physically disabled people is compulsory by law, in new buildings. On the understanding that they may be required at some point
But if that point hasn’t arrived, is it morally acceptable to avail of the extra spacious, comfortable lavatories provided?