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Subject:How would you solve this problem?
Time:04:20 pm
The office space I'm in has a ladies room with two stalls, and a mens room with one stall and one urinal.

More men than women work here, and apparently there's often a wait for the mens room stall. The ladies room is less backlogged, but we also occasionally have to wait. It doesn't happen in the ladies room often enough for it to be a real problem, though.

For the sake of discussion, assume that adding more capacity to either restroom is infeasible.

If you were the office manager, what would you do?
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-04-16 02:35 am (UTC)
Wire the stalls with sensors and a computer or whatever, and set up an online queue, with automatic notification to the next in line via email, texting and a phone message.

In 1984 we wired the coke machine so you could buy a coke from your computer terminal and it would log the expense (to be billed at the end of each month), then you could go to the coke machine and select what you wanted and out it would come.

Surely by 2010 one could wire bathroom stalls and create an online queue.
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slfisher
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Time:2010-04-16 02:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was done in the early 1990s or late 1980s, with SNMPv2, at the University of Tennessee.

http://www.simple-times.org/pub/simple-times/issues/1-4.html

That said, I'd go with D.
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