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DJR1978

Danielson, CT

#1 Aug 27, 2006
You know the signs..........everywhere you go you see these signs that read "No public restroom" or "Restrooms for customers only"

Why is it that in the state of CT, hardly any place has public restrooms?
When I lived in the mid west, if you were on the road and had to use the rest room, you could just stop at any convenient store. In fact, all businesses seemed to not have a problem with you using their restrooms.

Here, very few convenient stores have public restrooms. And the grinder shops, pizza houses, bars and everything in between all have signs that read "Restrooms are for customers only."

If you are working out on the road all day, where are you supposed to go to the bathroom?

I was in a pizza house one day and I asked them why they only wanted customers to use their restrooms. The guy said "You would not believe the people we would get in here just to use the resroom if we did not have that sign".

So what is the problem with it? If the gas stations would have them, the resteraunts would probably not have so many people in there using them.

I work in residential HVAC. So, I am out on the road all day long, going from job to job. There are places where a public bathroom is literally MILES out of the way.

Salem is a perfect example of this., There is not a public restroom anywhere to be found in the twon of salem. And there is a gas station right there at the salem 4 corners! But if you have to go to the bathroom, you either have to go to colchester, or all the way down to waterford, and when you get to waterford, the closest public restroom is at the mcdonald's on rt 1..........so if you are comming up RT 85, you have to go ALL THE WAY to the back of the city, and then all the way down rt 1 to where mcdonald's is..........that's a 15 minute drive from the time you get into the waterford city limit to the mcdonald's.

What gets me, is that I have seen brand new convenient stores built that have no public restrooms. And I have also been in smaller resteraunts that do not have them.

What is the big issue in this state about having public restrooms?

What no crapitorium

United States

#2 Aug 27, 2006
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This ain't Kansas Toto, and the people who live under rocks come out to piss all over public toilet seats when you let them. I agree with the businesses who don't want non patrons using their privies.
Got to take a leak?? Carry a jug and a blanket. Need to drop some pipe? Carry a bucket with some copies of the Hartford Courant to wipe with.
Bathroom maintenace cost money. Patrons who buy pizza and shirts should be thankful that part of their tab covers clean toilets, sinks,and toilet paper. So,, unless we have turned commie overnight,,
don't expect socialist amenities.. This isn't the 1940's when America had some good people in it.
Besides, I hate New Yorkers. They are rude and for the most part, slobs. I wouldn't let them use my BR no matter what. Don't know who lets them drive over the border to begin with."
Vicki

New York, NY

#3 Aug 29, 2006
I don't know if the Marlborough guy is for real or if its just a kid having fun. I hope its the latter)and if it isn't, now Waterford knows why businesses don't let in just anyone.
This is true all over the east coast. My memory could be foggy, but I do recall public restrooms financed by my tax dollars along highways and such. I do think municipalities can have clean public restrooms - otherwise, people will be releasing on the nearest mountain laurel. I'd rather support a public restroom in Salem than pay some of those people in town hall their salaries.
Still no crapper

United States

#4 Aug 29, 2006
Public libraries have to hold back on paper towels in the restrooms so the little bastards don't start fires. Some bussiness people don't allow public access to restrooms so that the facilities don't become drug trafficing dens. Ever walk into a men's room only to find dope and cash being swapped? I did, kind of an uncomfortable feeling to say the least.

This isn't the America I grew up in, too many people think it is ok to dump on others and not suffer any consequence. So, there is your trade off. You want to let people get away with stuff, then you lose out on the amenities of society.
Anthony

Ashburn, VA

#6 Aug 31, 2006
I lived in Connecticut my whole life so far. Every gas station I have come across has public bathrooms. I was born and raised in Bridgeport then moved to Shelton and then ended up in Plainville. Every gas station I have gone to has public restrooms.
Vicki

New York, NY

#7 Aug 31, 2006
Those are not PUBLIC restrooms. They are privately owned and anyone can be refused to be admitted, or they can be closed at a moments notice. I mean a true PUBLIC restroom that our local tax dollars support and keep clean.
jon wrote:
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I think you should do your homework before you open your mouth--YOU ARE ALL WRONG
Salem 4 corners Shell has restrooms!!!!!!!
Salem is considered rural and 4 corners is its only store
The mall,home depot,target,best buy,and wendys ALL have facilities.
There are even more along rte 85 Salem to Waterford!!!
OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!!
2 Wheels

Stevenson, CT

#8 Aug 31, 2006
Hadn't thought about it much DJR, but you are right on! Just occured to me that on one of my last trips, I had to relieve myself shortly after crossing back in to CT from NY. Backroad m/c trip. Guess what? There wasn't anyplace. Ended up risking arrest and watered the bushes out behind a stop & rob just over the line from Millerton, NY.

OTOH, I can speak from experiance. I used to work in an Exxon station in my youth. I can tell you in no uncertain terms that cleaning up the ladies room after an 8 hour shift was one of my least favorite jobs. I was lucky if I only had to do it twice on my watch.

I'd rather be elbow deep in grease, gunk and crud cleaning out the grease trap in the wash bay than unplugging the tampon and sanitary napkin clogged toilet in the ladies room. It's really no wonder that nobody wants a public restroom and the overhead that goes along with it. Bad business.
CB PA

Flemington, NJ

#9 Dec 5, 2006
Small businesses do not have to let anyone use their bathroom. Ever consider places that have been robbed, and for insurance purposes they are not allowed to have non-employees in back room areas?? Every large grcoery store has public restrooms. Go relieve yourself there.
Anthony

Fredericksburg, TX

#11 May 4, 2007
I went into a Walgreen in Austin, Texas with my son after shopping for about two to three hours. I was going to shop there but thought I would use the restroom so I could relax before shopping because I had an urgent need to go. I asked the store manager where the restroom was and he stated that they didn't have public restrooms. I stated that was ridiculous and the explanation given was because there was too much stealing in that part of town. This bothered me, because I don't steal and my need to use the restroom at the time was certainly greater than my need to steal. I asked if that was the policy in all Walgreens; no public restrooms. I was told it was at the managers discretion. Needless to say I wasn't able to spend my money there because I had to go badly, neither did I want to spend my money at a store that denied me of a basic and natural right.
store owner

United States

#12 Jun 14, 2008
I can understand why convenience stores do not want the public using their restrooms. I own a little convenience store in Virginia and I'm the only store in a 30 mile radius. Needless to say, I get a lot people who just come in to use the bathroom. They use, abuse it, don't buy a thing, and usually I don't even get a 'thank you'. The last straw came when the toilet started overflowing, and overflowing,.... It cost me over $900.00 to get the toilet fixed. Come to find out, someone had shoved a soda bottle down into the toilet!! Understand now why there's NO PUBLIC RESTROOM? It may be a basic and natural right, but you'll no longer have that right in my store. I'm a privately owned business and I have the right to refuse!!! I've had people ask to use the restroom and I've told them there's no public restroom to use. They get upset, they ask please, they beg, they wait around for 15 minutes thinking I'll change my mind, etc. In that 15 minutes, they could have been down the road and found some sappy store owner who will let them use the toilet. feel sorry for that owner. Your time (and money) is literally going down the drain!
Twila - busines owner

Junction City, KS

#16 Jul 1, 2008
I just recently put up 'Restrooms for customers only, or a donation is requested.' The 'bathroom robbers' are doing it to themselves. I have had cars and vans full stop,,,,,,,just to use the restrooms, no thanx, have a good day but will sure let you know if we are out of soap, TP or paper towels! If the public would just use a little common sense on how much it costs and be a little considerate, the world would be a much better place!
Qvestion

Meriden, CT

#17 Jul 1, 2008
Privately-owned companies serve the public and should have the option of accommodating "patrons only".

They pay for the water used, and the supplies, and the personnel to clean up the bathrooms. They're not there for free, they're there to make a living.

If you can't find a public-access bathroom, like a nearby chain supermarket, etc. then it is proper to respect the business' request.

People pay tolls to travel back and forth to work.
People pay for trains, gas and etc.

Unfortunately, that extra expense is a part of the job you chose.
jackie

South Portland, ME

#18 Feb 21, 2009
I hate it!, I was on a road trip with my B/F, I really had to go and stopped at a gas station. I barely made it in there and asked for the bathroom. He said, sorry theres no public washroom here. I turned around and walked out starting to feel numb and started walking around the back to see if i could find hidden spot, but before i could I wet myself. I had to walk back to the car, soaked I was so embarrased
SHM

Portland, OR

#20 May 22, 2009
Part of the problem is that if someone offers a "public restroom," then it now has to meet all kinds of silly regulations. If it does not, then the business owner can be sued for thousands of dollars -- and often is -- by people who are just looking for someone to rip-off.

Between that, thefts, vandalism and robberies, you basically see why most small business owners are going to be pretty cautious about offering public bathroom services.
Ocelots Spleen

Bumpass, VA

#21 May 27, 2009
jackie wrote:
I hate it!, I was on a road trip with my B/F, I really had to go and stopped at a gas station. I barely made it in there and asked for the bathroom. He said, sorry theres no public washroom here. I turned around and walked out starting to feel numb and started walking around the back to see if i could find hidden spot, but before i could I wet myself. I had to walk back to the car, soaked I was so embarrased
Sounds Hot, you do private parties?
Kate

Jefferson, IA

#23 Jul 9, 2009
Anthony wrote:
I went into a Walgreen in Austin, Texas with my son after shopping for about two to three hours. I was going to shop there but thought I would use the restroom so I could relax before shopping because I had an urgent need to go. I asked the store manager where the restroom was and he stated that they didn't have public restrooms. I stated that was ridiculous and the explanation given was because there was too much stealing in that part of town. This bothered me, because I don't steal and my need to use the restroom at the time was certainly greater than my need to steal. I asked if that was the policy in all Walgreens; no public restrooms. I was told it was at the managers discretion. Needless to say I wasn't able to spend my money there because I had to go badly, neither did I want to spend my money at a store that denied me of a basic and natural right.
My restroom is not your right. I pay for it, stock it, clean it and insure it. what gives customers the right to demand use of it? My insurance company does not allow me to permit people to walk through my stock area and use my bathroom for security reasons. in addition it is an old building and it is not handicapped accessible so therefore, by law I can not let anyone access.
Hartford

Waterbury, CT

#24 Jul 10, 2009
Come on now, every town has a tree or a bush.
cstoreowner

United States

#25 Jul 26, 2009
I have public complimentary, not free, restrooms in Colorado. In a Saturday there is at least 250 people use that bathroom. I have thought about putting up a customers only sign. I have even thought about closing the restroom and using a key. I try to keep it clean, but some of the pigs trash the thing. The toilet gets stopped up, and 10 more people go also instead of telling me it is a problem. I have put up the costs of the complimentary restroom on a sign in the restroom. If the store goes under because people use the restroom and don't buy something, then there is no restroom anyway. What is the problem with asking people to help defer the cost of the complimentary,(Not Free) restroom by buying a coke or a pack of gum. When I grew up my family always bought something when we used the restroom. That is just the right thing to do. The problem is that people are just not considerate any more. I would not mind if they said thank you, but they seem to believe that there is a Restroom Entitlement on my personnel property.(Not surprising in this day and age.) It is the arrogance and rudeness that get to me.
Cost of Complementary Restroom Per Month.
% of Mortgage $300
% of water $140
% of Employee pay to clean $150
Paper products $80
Cleaning Supplies $20
Total $690/month
We would appreciate any Store patronage to help support
this complementary restroom.
Thanks for all your help,
Management
cstoreowner

United States

#26 Jul 26, 2009
jackie wrote:
I hate it!, I was on a road trip with my B/F, I really had to go and stopped at a gas station. I barely made it in there and asked for the bathroom. He said, sorry theres no public washroom here. I turned around and walked out starting to feel numb and started walking around the back to see if i could find hidden spot, but before i could I wet myself. I had to walk back to the car, soaked I was so embarrased
Jsckie - I am sorry this happened to you, but out here in the west, you have to think ahead to find a restroom. It might be 80 miles to the nest town. Like my dad always said, "never pass up an chance".
cstoreowner

United States

#27 Jul 26, 2009
One last thing on this and I will shut up.

I have lost sales to real customers because of a rude person who had no intention to buy something took way to long in there. I have seen it many times. Some moron goes in there to freshen up and after 10 minutes a person who has a coke in their hand, but is weighting on the bathroom, puts the coke back and leaves to find an open bathroom. then the moron leaves the store without buying anything. So not only did I not make any money off the moron to help defer the bathroom cost, I loose the other sale which would help in deferring the bathroom cost. The bathroom is part of the business for the business, not publicly owned or "Free".

Why is it that the rudest people take the longest in the bathroom. I had to take the mirror out because some women were spending 10 minutes in there doing their hair, The line of 10 people outside had to weight. This is not your bathroom at home.

It is only 10% of the people who are rude, but it ruins it for everyone. I have not decided to lock the restroom ye or not, but the more rude people, the closer I get.

Oh, by the way, If you did not have the time to go find another restroom because that place did not have one, you could not wait for some rude person taking 10 minutes even if they had a public restroom. You should not get that desperate, or you will have accidents. That is your fault, not the privately owned gas station.

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