Piped water may be one of the greatest conveniences men have come up with but there's still plenty of terrible bathroom designs. Don't get me wrong, we at Bored Panda love creativity, but putting a bunk bed over a tub isn't thinking outside the box. Heck, I wouldn't even call it thinking. As a testament to our stupidity, we have compiled a list of some of the worst bathtub and shower designs, and they're as hilarious as they're impractical.

For more crappy designs, check out our earlier Bored Panda lists full of funny photos here, here, and here.

#1

I Feel The Need To Tell The World Regular Faucets Are Ok

I Feel The Need To Tell The World Regular Faucets Are Ok

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Not just okay, but preffered.

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We as a society had to go through a lot of epic fails before we created today's bathroom. For centuries, people in big cities got their cooking and washing water from rivers or wells, limiting their consumption to pretty much what they could carry. They dumped their waste into brick-lined cesspits that would be emptied by the night soil men, who sometimes sold it as fertilizer. Liquid waste, on the other hand, would get thrown into gutters in the middle of the road.

#2

There’s No Hope For Humanity. I Know That Now

There’s No Hope For Humanity. I Know That Now

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

BAHAHAHA ... OMG, the WALLS!!

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The Guardian pointed out that in 1854, in the middle of a cholera epidemic in London, Dr John Snow (not to be confused with Jon Snow) mapped where victims died and found that the deaths seemed concentrated around one of those pumps, at 37 Broad Street. Interestingly, when he had the handle removed from the pump, the cholera epidemic stopped immediately. Thus, the first verifiable connection between human waste and disease was made.

#3

Electric Showers For Everyone!

Electric Showers For Everyone!

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Hans
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1 year ago

This is so illegal that it is hillarious again.

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After people realized that excrement + drinking water = death, parliament passed the Metropolitan Water Act to “make provision for securing the supply to the metropolis of pure and wholesome water”. As a result, pipes delivering water directly to homes started replacing public pumps.

#4

Attached Bath And Bedroom

Attached Bath And Bedroom

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Peta_C
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1 year ago

This just makes my heart ache for the family that did this to get by. This looks like necessity, not design flaw.

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The next trivial addition to this convenience was the toilet. Believe it or not, the invention had been around for a while. However, it was pretty useless without a water supply.

As it became really easy to just wash the poop away, there soon was so much fecal effluence, it started overflowing from the cesspits. The result of this design fail? Even more cholera and other diseases.

#5

I've Always Wanted An Apartment With A Bathtub, But This Is Certainly Not What I Envisioned

I've Always Wanted An Apartment With A Bathtub, But This Is Certainly Not What I Envisioned

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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1 year ago

Well, at least the bathroom have a great view.

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Architects, engineers and homeowners of the late 19th century didn't know what to do. A lot of people had washstands in their bedrooms, so at first they just stuck sinks and taps into them, and put the toilet into whatever closet in the hall or space under the stairs that they could find, hence the “water closet.” However, it didn’t make a lot of sense to run plumbing to every bedroom when it was cheaper to bring it all to one place, and the idea of the bathroom was born.

#6

Taking A Shower In A Hotel In China

Taking A Shower In A Hotel In China

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Well you don't want to slip recklessly, you could hurt yourself. And that would be stupid.

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Since the early adopters, then as now, were the rich with a few rooms to spare, they were often lavish, with all the fixtures encased in wood like the commodes they replaced. But when the bathroom became mainstream and accessible to all classes, it got smaller (cheaper to build). Around 1910, the bathroom started looking pretty much the same way it does now.

#7

My Friend's Bathtub Handles. I-I Just.....what?

My Friend's Bathtub Handles. I-I Just.....what?

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

the right combination opens the secret chamber

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#8

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town. She Wanted The Shower Head Up High So Tall People Didn't Have To Crouch Or Lean Way Back. Came Home To Find This, Which Shoots The Water Straight Across To The Opposite Wall

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town. She Wanted The Shower Head Up High So Tall People Didn't Have To Crouch Or Lean Way Back. Came Home To Find This, Which Shoots The Water Straight Across To The Opposite Wall

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago

The tall people no longer need to crouch or lean back, they just need a chair to stand on.

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#9

Someone Peaked In High School Geometry

Someone Peaked In High School Geometry

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Wij
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1 year ago

did i shit in the sink or not?

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#10

The Shower In My Grandparents New Bathroom Is Very Nice, Except For One Small Problem...

The Shower In My Grandparents New Bathroom Is Very Nice, Except For One Small Problem...

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Hans
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1 year ago

Now imagine the water temperature changes in mid-shower...

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#11

Whatever. Shut Up And Have A Salad Next Time If You Don’t Like It

Whatever. Shut Up And Have A Salad Next Time If You Don’t Like It

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

if my butt hits the wall after I have already showered, I would feel dirty.

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#12

Shower Screen Guy Thought The Toilet Waste Was For The Shower And Screened The Wrong Section. Plumber Installed The Toilet Anyway

Shower Screen Guy Thought The Toilet Waste Was For The Shower And Screened The Wrong Section. Plumber Installed The Toilet Anyway

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

When you need physical privacy, not visual.

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#13

Mother In Law’s Suite Is Finally Done!

Mother In Law’s Suite Is Finally Done!

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Hans
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1 year ago

You do not seem to be in a good terms with her.

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#14

I Cringe Every Time I Step Foot In This Shower

I Cringe Every Time I Step Foot In This Shower

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

this one is not too bad, its a rain showerhead!

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#15

I Am Actually Speechless. I Mean In What Scenario Is This Required???? Fraternity Rush Week? And What Does One Store In That Prison Locker Built In?

I Am Actually Speechless. I Mean In What Scenario Is This Required???? Fraternity Rush Week? And What Does One Store In That Prison Locker Built In?

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Annanana
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the mirror though

Zaerhin Sk
Community Member
10 months ago

yea its so pretty

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Natalie N
Community Member
1 year ago

This is what most apartment bathrooms in Amsterdam look like

Lyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Not only Amsterdam. This looks normal to me.

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

poop and shower at the same time...its called multitasking people!

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Haven't we all wondered, at some point in our lives, what it would be like to poop and shower at the same time?

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Vex Boxx
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a standard wet-room. It works well in small spaces. Everything in a bathroom is supposed to get wet in one way or another. There's nothing wrong with this at all. It's efficient.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not about the "scenario where this is required", it's an accidental outcome of a space saving design for small bathrooms. I saw such things a lot in the older homes in Korea.

Peta_C
Community Member
1 year ago

This occurs in a lot of bathrooms in South East Asia also.

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John L
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it makes it easy to clean the toilet!

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago

The shower IS the one using the toilet.

Peta_C
Community Member
1 year ago

And vice versa

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Jenica Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

I believe this is what is called a wet room. The entire room is sealed from water damage and is designed this way intentionally. Although I would still consider the shower spraying directly into the toilet an issue. :-|

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, my mom and her partner designed their downstairs bath this way, as part of an 'aging in place' plan. I never cared for it but it could be practical.

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that a window? Just with closed shutters? It's the top part that makes me think that honestly, but it's kind of nice having a window in the bathroom sometimes. We've got one, and while it's covered most of the time it's nice to be able to open it occasionally.

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Every time you poo, at least!

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Bored Moogle
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like one of those bathrooms where everything is SUPPOSED to get wet.

Shannon Richards
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree, it's a handheld shower head that can be adjusted. The floor drain is probably out of sight.

Unwelcomed Guest
Community Member
1 year ago

Save water people, save water

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it! It's really well done. You don't need another hole to get out the water.

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s the only way to flush the toilet lol.

Stevie B
Community Member
1 year ago

For those that are so rushed in the morning, there is no time for separate toilet & shower time. Get it all done at once.

Lady Marmalade
Community Member
1 year ago

FINALLY A USEFUL THING!! WHEN IM IN THE SHOWER AND HAVE A SUDDEN NEED TO SHIT I DONT HAVE TO GET OUT!

Tambot
Community Member
1 year ago

Eliminating the need for toilet paper, one shower at a time

Wing Hong Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Its normal in some places to shower over the toilet. Especially if a squat toilet is used, as it also functions as the drain.

A panda-gineer
Community Member
1 year ago

My parents-in-law in China have this setup. Space is so limited that the bathroom is basically a big shower (fully tiled with a drain in the middle), with a toilet and sink inside the shower. Basically, to take a shower you cover the toilet with a special plastic bag, and turn on the shower head.

Anna Murashev
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, I have this kind of set up too (expect much much smaller) here in Hong Kong. These are also common in Finland, mostly on apartments or small detached homes

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deborah atulomah
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1 year ago

not a locker , it's a shuttered window

Alybells
Community Member
1 year ago

I've watched A LOT of tiny Japanese Apartment videos - i would bet some good money this is a typical bathroom in Japan.

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
9 months ago

That's ... That's not how you're supposed to use this.

James
Community Member
11 months ago

In the middle east moat hotel rooms have "wet" bathrooms. We stayed at a 5 star hotel and it was exactly like tjis.

WubiDubi
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey you could sit down to shower

Loki C
Community Member
1 year ago

That's one hell of a bidet.

Anna Murashev
Community Member
1 year ago

So what's the problem here? Pretty common looking in both Finland and China 🤔

Deidre Leggett
Community Member
1 year ago

Tiny house bathroom. But I'd prefer to not have to sit on the toilet to shower....

SirWriteALot
Community Member
1 year ago

A shower with included toilet is not that uncommon.

Poopy Pants
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wanted a shower with a seat in it!

kathryn stretton
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooooh, another special bidet !

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Fire in da hole!

Himanshu Raj
Community Member
1 year ago

For when you want to take a shower while taking a dump.

Rocky Joe
Community Member
1 year ago

Shower while doing number two, why not? Certainly saves time

Maria Hung
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess it’s for efficiency, poop and shower at the same time

Negative ZeroNetwork
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry this makes me think what If bathroom got clogged would all the feces go all over just no.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

So you mean you have to get completely undressed to pee, because you’re getting a shower when you flush whether you like it or not? And you have an eternally wet bathroom floor to slip and fall on? And you get completely drenched taking that last pee after fixing your hair and putting on makeup, but before you get dressed for work? This just isn’t going to work for most people. Going to give this one a very hard pass. Sorry, not sorry.

frank0ys
Community Member
1 year ago

...Multitasking at its best!

Sinkvenice
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it one of those fancy wet rooms?

PeachPossum
Community Member
1 year ago

Turn around on the toilet, and voila! bidet seat.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't even process this.

Elena Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

You can shower and poop at same time..

Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

When you need to shit shower and shave at the same time

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
1 year ago

It obviously saves you from toilet cleaning. :P

Helen Haley
Community Member
1 year ago

How does toilet paper stay dry?

Negative ZeroNetwork
Community Member
1 year ago

Most of the world don't use toilet paper but clean their butt with water.

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THEPS
Community Member
1 year ago

Whatever they want. Hey its a time saver !! You can poop and take a shower at the same time ! Never be late for work again !

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

good

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Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Its like a face Bidet

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

showering on the toilet...i guess it's a time saver

Robert Dean
Community Member
1 year ago

its great and all but the toilet always seems to overflow.

Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Gives a whole new meaning to I gotta shit and shower..

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

"We didn't have room for a bidet, so we improvised."

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

Makes cleaning the toilet easy.

Val
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool! You can poop and wash the same time!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

One question. What's the tiny thing with the eyes sitting on the commode tank?

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks like two tubes of something.

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Give me a beagle any day...
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see a problem here. Sh*t, shower, and shave, all at once!

JCollins
Community Member
1 year ago

For those that like to multi-task in the morning ...

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

Sit on the toilet regular style, and have a shower. Sit on the toilet Clyde's mom's style (South Park), and you have a bidet.

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

The shower is just there to clean the toilet.

Ayur Hope
Community Member
1 year ago

poop wash go

Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

Turn around and you have a bidet.

Wij
Community Member
1 year ago

pre wet toilet paper too.

PandaJon
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn't that the girl from "Flashdance"s Toilet?

Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
1 year ago

well actually this shower is not meant to stay attached on the wall obviously. the only thing that is missed here is an outflow and shower curtains

Lordfucktard
Community Member
1 year ago

Well I for one love to piss all over myself while shitting, so this is perfect.

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#16

Guest Room Shower

Guest Room Shower

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wusah
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1 year ago

In a weird way I kind of like that

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#17

Booked A Hotel In Orlando Through Hotwire And They Gave Us This Room. No Partition Between The Shower, Bathtub, And Bed. I'm Traveling With My Teenage Daughter...

Booked A Hotel In Orlando Through Hotwire And They Gave Us This Room. No Partition Between The Shower, Bathtub, And Bed. I'm Traveling With My Teenage Daughter...

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Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

I will quote Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. “So, that’s the way it is in their family.”

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#18

Calgon, Take Me Away

Calgon, Take Me Away

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Murmur Plopslop
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1 year ago

it's a TRAP!

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#19

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

eye contact when naked is more awkward than the nakedness. makes sense...lol

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#20

The Controls For This Shower

The Controls For This Shower

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Ayur Hope
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1 year ago

is it shower control or cockpit of a plane?

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#21

Just In Case You Want A Little Brick Oven Pizza With Your Bath. Sounds Fantastic Tbh

Just In Case You Want A Little Brick Oven Pizza With Your Bath. Sounds Fantastic Tbh

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoever designed this was either dumb as a brick or a genius. I'm not quite sure.

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#22

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

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Annanana
Community Member
1 year ago

Eau du mold

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#23

I've Always Wanted To Take Bath While Eating Breakfast

I've Always Wanted To Take Bath While Eating Breakfast

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Why have breakfast in bed when you can have breakfast in the bath.

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#24

The Placement Of This Bath Tub Faucet

The Placement Of This Bath Tub Faucet

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Installation jobs like these make my brain hurt.

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#25

There’s A Special Place In Hell For A Powder Room Where The Red Vessel Sink Is The Least Offensive Thing

There’s A Special Place In Hell For A Powder Room Where The Red Vessel Sink Is The Least Offensive Thing

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Jennie-Lind Normand
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1 year ago

I love the sink! The rest of the bathroom not so much

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#26

Wanna Take A S**t? Gotta Climb Over The Tub First

Wanna Take A S**t? Gotta Climb Over The Tub First

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Anne Bleakley
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1 year ago

I've been in a suite like this - guaranteed there is a door into the bathroom probably where the wastebin is on the let.

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#27

This Is The Room My Friend And I Got In Cuba. The Shower Wall Was A Window & You Could See Into The Entire Bathroom.. Even The Toilet

This Is The Room My Friend And I Got In Cuba. The Shower Wall Was A Window & You Could See Into The Entire Bathroom.. Even The Toilet

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Julia Sippel
Community Member
1 year ago

haha I stayed there too! My friend and I got to know each other on a whole new level if we didn't warn about bathroom use! The craziest thing, no one else at the resort was talking about how weird it was that we could watch each other shower and sh*t!

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#28

The Way This Curved Shower Enclosure Fits A Square Base, Causing The Floor To Flood And Requiring An Extra Drain

The Way This Curved Shower Enclosure Fits A Square Base, Causing The Floor To Flood And Requiring An Extra Drain

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Sandra Bartsch
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1 year ago

Would not have been too difficult to fill that gap!

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#29

This Bathtub Looks Like Somebody Was Killed In It... Or Worse

This Bathtub Looks Like Somebody Was Killed In It... Or Worse

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

What is worse than someone being killed?

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#30

Texas. What Are You Doing?

Texas. What Are You Doing?

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Aine
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1 year ago

I think it looks nice, myself...

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