My co-worker always leaves the toilet door open when he takes a pee. I have told him on numerous occasions that this is not appropriate. He just laughs and has ignored my requests to shut the door when he uses the bathroom.

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    Just to clarify the situation - Am I correct in assuming this a 'unisex' bathroom where everyone uses the same space, and not a mens-only bathroom (where open urinals would be normal)?
    – brhans
    Jun 21, 2018 at 12:21
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    @PeterM - how so? In mens-only bathrooms, the urinals are not mounted in stalls with doors - so there is no door to close. A man standing and urinating in a toilet stall with the door open in a mens-only bathroom is equivalent to performing the same action at a urinal (and probably actually less 'exposed' since he's enclosed at the sides by the toilet stall walls which don't exist at the urinals).
    – brhans
    Jun 21, 2018 at 12:35
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    Need a location tag, as some cultures don't make as big a stink out of this as others. Also, if you're a woman (I'm guessing because of your username) this may open certain legal paths to be explored (such as sexual harassment if he continues).
    – GOATNine
    Jun 21, 2018 at 12:39
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    @brhans There is no need to read between the lines. The question is explicit. At work place "W" Person "A" believes that the Behavior "B" of Person "B" is inappropriate, and has relayed this directly to Person "B" on multiple occasions. Person "B"'s response to laugh off Person "A"'s request and keep performing Behavior "B". Person "A" asked the question of how to cope with this. You don't need any more details than that.
    – Peter M
    Jun 21, 2018 at 13:17
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    @PeterM OK, you don't need information. It is OK for others to want more information.
    – paparazzo
    Jun 21, 2018 at 13:30

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Escalate it to HR/management. He's a grown man, not a child, and basic consideration needs to be given to others.

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    Isn't that overstepping a little bit? You want someone to get fired over bathroom habits? Jun 21, 2018 at 15:31
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    Is it really? How happy would you be if you were walking down a hallway at work and can see somebody having a piss? You tell him that it isn't appropriate, and he laughs at you and keeps on doing it? Do you seriously think it's appropriate in the workplace? If the guy gets fired over it, more than likely this isn't the first time something like this has been brought to the attention of HR/management and is just part of a history of unacceptable behaviour. Jun 21, 2018 at 15:40
  • Well, that escalated quickly. Aren't you assuming many things that the OP never indicated? Jun 21, 2018 at 15:43
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    @DonThermidor_LobsterMobster If he were to get fired, it is by his own design.
    – floraline
    Jun 21, 2018 at 22:39

Go together with a group of friends. Laugh.

Repeat until he learns.

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    As much as this would work, it could be seen as a form of harassment. Jun 21, 2018 at 14:13
  • @user1666620 I didn't say laugh at him. It's a good way to announce one's presense. Jun 21, 2018 at 14:14
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    If he´s the rough joking kind, I´d get my phone and take pictures of him until he feels the need for more privacy and learns to use the door...
    – Daniel
    Jun 21, 2018 at 16:02

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