Most of the toilet paper dispensers I encounter in public restrooms are the products of the Kimberly-Clark corporation. The model in my office is fairly standard. I’ve found it rather annoying that the toilet paper is always installed with the loose end hanging away from the toilet. In this picture, for instance, the toilet is to the left.
The rectangular opening has toothed edges on all three sides, such that no matter where the unit is mounted, you should be able to tear off a sheet. If I pull the paper against the front edge, it folds over on itself, giving it extra strength, and therefore not always tearing. I can’t tear the paper on the right edge (the edge farthest from me), as I would have to bend far forward to get enough of an angle. When I tear against the left edge (the edge facing me), I have to remember to pull sharply upward, else the angle is too wide, allowing the paper to simply slide across the teeth without catching.
If the roll of paper were flipped around so that it hung down on the left side, it would be easy to tear, as it would be at nearly a right angle, allowing the teeth to bite into it as the tension from the roll pulls against it. I was able to test this theory in a stall that did have the roll installed thusly. Many a time I have thought that they should have a label showing the janitor which way to install the roll.
As it turns out, there is a sticker inside the dispenser.
Pardon the poor image quality, but this was taken through the dark plastic in dim light with the low-quality camera in my iPhone. As you can make out, it shows that the roll should be installed exactly as it has been—exactly opposite how I think it should go. The text says, “Load away from user.” They must have a reason, but I can’t fathom it. If you can, drop me a line.