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Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)
TITLE: Lock, Slide and Run
By Kristine Baker
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All the 23 year olds I knew would not be seen in a movie theater alone, which is why I slipped in the back. I figured nobody would notice me there, and I would be able to make my exit as quickly as the credits move up the screen at the end of most movies.
Before the house lights went up, I was out of my seat and heading to the front of the line at the women’s restroom. Being first, I chose the end stall; wall on one side and short-term neighbor on the other. I shut the stall door and turned the metal knob to secure the door from opening. I heard a growing murmur of women talking as they walked in and entered the adjoining stalls. Each door shutting and clicking as they turned their metal knob to secure their door from opening.
And then it happened.
One woman shut her door so hard it made the whole bank of restroom stalls shutter. My metal knob made a funny little noise.
I tried to turn the metal knob to unlock the stall door, but it would not move. I jiggled it, and I wiggled it, and quickly realized I was taken prisoner. I prayed for a way out. I looked up to see if I could crawl over, but the walls were too high. I looked down to see if I could slide under. “Plenty of room” I thought. Then I studied the floor more closely. It was wet with tissues strewn about. Sadly, sliding under was my best choice of escape.
The murmur of women dissipated so I decided to make my move. Sliding under my prison door, I noticed one woman still at the sink washing her hands and looking at me with shock and awe. I never made eye contact with her as I quickly washed my hands and ran out of the restroom.
As I sat in my car in the parking lot, I laughed at the embarrassing moment that just had happened. At first I promised myself never to tell anyone about this incident, but as time went on, I could not withhold such an experience.
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