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by Abigail Van Buren

Women In Line For The Men's Room Should Yield To Man

DEAR ABBY: A bus station I was waiting in had two clearly marked men's and women's single restrooms. What do you say or do when the women's bathroom is occupied and there are two women waiting ahead of a man to use the men's restroom? Who has priority for the men's room in this case? The two women ahead of me in line, or me, the male who came after them? I'd like to point out that they were young women who were clearly not in an emergency. -- WAITING IN LINE IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR WAITING: The person whose gender matches the sign on the door should take precedence -- although a gentleman probably wouldn't insist upon it if a lady seemed to be in distress.

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