Posted by Richard Haut on October 19, 2002 at 10:36:36:
In Reply to: Re: Please read before making statements - private restrooms should cost less. posted by Paul Malo on October 19, 2002 at 07:30:40:
it is a serious problem - and increasingly security is a prominent issue.
the only practical solution that I am aware of that not only respects, but actually enforces privacy and security, is to have the system that used to exist in Britain and still does in many parts of France - an attendant.
their job is to keep the toilets clean. To collect the small charge. To ensure that everything is kept working - and both to help if people are, for example, ill and to deter the kind of behaviour that happens "behind cloded doors". (Remember that privacy is not the only reason for people not wanting to use communal facilities - the other reason is hygiene). They are there at all times. The other improvement that this allows is a simple design feature - better doors and walls on cubicles.
We all know that to use a cubicle which is not floor-to-ceiling and which is as thin as cardboard can be unpleasant. It is practical to make the environment within the toilet cubicles better and more private.
It is a tricky problem and there is no single answer. However toilets still have to be designed and installed and, as is too often forgotten, maintained and kept safe.
Look at it slightly differently - how many of us would be happy for children to use public toilets on their own if there was no attendant ?
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