B/G: We're undergoing renovations in the ER of the hospital I clean in. Right now, the trauma rooms, the receptionists' area, and the waiting room are all blocked off to patients and workers who aren't construction. We only have the staff bathrooms and the 4 "patient" bathrooms right now (2 of them can be used by visitors with patients, but 2 others are in patient rooms and so can't have anyone barging in, obviously), but no public bathrooms in the ER, because no regular waiting room with 2 bathrooms. Because of the renovations, registration is right next to the EMS entrance right now. [/end BG]
A man comes in the EMS entrance as I'm cleaning that part.
Tara*, one of the receptionists: Hi. Do you need to be seen?
Man: I need the bathroom.
Tara: Are you with a patient?
Man: No, but my wife just came in and used the restroom yesterday! (Me: Not ruddy likely, since the policy has been in place for more than a week at this point. If your wife somehow snuck by Registration and the two security officers, not to mention the 5 nurses, the secretary, and me, well, I commend her for having more wiles than a fox.)
Tara: We can't allow that. We're going through renovations right now, and we're trying to limit traffic through here to avoid confusion.
Man: But I have to go to the bathroom!
Tara: You can drive to the main entrance and go to the public bathrooms in the lobby.
Man: That's not fair!
Tara: ...Sir, you're the one who parked in the Emergency entrance just to use the bathroom.
At that point, I had to go clean other things, and didn't envy the security officer sitting right there who was probably going to have to have a nice talk with that man. It didn't seem like it was a life - or - death bathroom emergency, otherwise I'm sure we'd have let him. But why on this green earth would you drive to the back of the hospital just to use the bathroom that wasn't even open to random people in the first place?