Oh, there’s nothing worse. A busy bathroom… a line of guys… You get to the urinal, whip it out, and… nothing. NOTHING. And the more you panic, the more NOTHING happens. And the longer you go without peeing, the more you panic. It’s a vicious cycle. You’re SURE that everyone is looking at you… wondering what’s up… why you’re just standing there. WHY YOU’RE SUCH A FREAK!
Not that it’s ever happened to me.
But if it DID, I would WELCOME this new invention. It’s a cape. With suction cups. That attaches to the wall. To create a little fort-like structure within which to pee.
The Privi-Pee, not yet commercially released, is designed to help men hide their goodies as they do their business. Online bathroom retailer Plumbworld unveiled the Privi-Pee prototype after a company survey reflected the anxiety some have over public toilets. Mulrooney posted about the Privi-Pee in a Nov. 25 blog, explaining how the Plumbworld team invented the cover in an attempt to make public urination easier for the pee shy.
“The idea was based on a survey …. We found that 75 percent of male respondents said they would rather use a toilet cubicle/stall if a urinal adjacent to a free one was already occupied,” Mulrooney said.
“Thirty percent said they got ‘stage fright’ when trying to urinate next to someone, which means that they couldn’t urinate at all.”
When people suffer from paruresis, otherwise known as “shy bladder syndrome,” they find it difficult or impossible to urinate in the presence of others, according to the International Paruresis Association website.
To use the Privi-Pee, a man must fasten the cape-like cover under his neck as he stands above the urinal. Suction cups at the end of the fabric adhere to the wall, creating a confined private space.
The device fits inside a backpack.
Daniel Cartland of Plumbworld tested the Privi-Pee and told Mulrooney’s team he felt more comfortable using the urinal.
However, as fabulous fashion-forward and functional as being a bathroom superhero may seem, the Privi-Pee may not actually be all that effective in practice for those who struggle with a shy bladder. “The problem is, people are concerned about other people paying attention to them, so if you pull out a cape, that is going to draw more attention to you,” said Steve Soifer, CEO of the IPA and a University of Memphis professor.
I’ll take my chances. I’m ordering one today. NOT THAT I NEED IT, I just like the way it looks.