I went to a discount store to use the restroom. I saw none so I asked nicely if there was one I could use. They didn't have one for customers but... they said I could use it anyway.
Yay! If they'd left it at "no sorry" I would have gone elsewhere, but they said "ok" so yay!
Then they directed me to the bathrooms. One was padlocked, one was labeled "out of order".
So I had the bright idea that the OOO one couldn't have been *that* out of order. So I used it.
And it didn't flush.
And this wasn't liquid waste.
Thankfully I was able to make it flush anyway - they had some kind of deep-dish thing for storing the plunger. I took the plunger out and used contraption as a bowl. I filled it at the sink and poured bowl after bowl into the ... bowl (heh) until it finally flushed.
I didn't feel entirely guilty cos... who directs someone to use a PADLOCKED bathroom? I did feel bad about the mess in toilet though, which is why i went out of my way to make sure it flushed. Even if I had to kludge it somewhat.
Sadly it's not the first time i've done that though. The first time was far far worse.
It was on my first ship. The head in question had been secured so that the toilet could be worked on. Only instead of putting up a lock or even a sign on the door - the person dangled a helmet off the knob.
Did I realize that helmet meant "secured"? Hell no, I thought someone was just being too lazy to put gear away! I didn't realize anything was amiss until AFTER I'd used the toilet and tried flushing it... That's when I realized the flush water wasn't connected to the toilet. I tried to make the water go in the toilet bowl but it didn't work, and just made a bit of a mess.
Yes I should have cleaned it up. I didn't, and I know that was wrong and shitty of me. (heh, pun intended)
And to be honest... when I found out who was the one responsible for "securing" the head (with a helmet!), the bitch in me took a bit of joy too cos I didn't like her. And, no, she never found out it was me either.