February 8, 2011

Not user friendly

Metro Manila sorely lacks clean public restrooms. Even in the much-visited Rizal Park (and in most of our malls too, for that matter), if you want to use a clean restroom with toilet paper and soap, you have to pay for it.

pay restroom at the Rizal Park

17 comments:

George said...

I first learned of these pay restrooms on my first trip to China. That came as quite a shock.

Al said...

That sounds like a problem in the making - I'd imagine a lot of people simply don't pay, and go where they can get away with it!

Bob Crowe said...

So the poor just have to hold it? There is a sign just outside the WC in Buenos Aires' Recoleta Cemetery that says "su propina es mi salario" - your tip is my salary. Maybe it just depends on local economics.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I'm always happy to pay since these restrooms are clean and it provides employment to those willing to be the cleaners. Do restaurants and cafes have to provide restrooms for their clients?

Olivier said...

une enseigne "toilettes" 3 etoiles

Cezar and Léia said...

It's complicate if you don't have money, but you generally find the restroom in a clean way when you pay.
Léia

Louis la Vache said...

This reminds «Louis» of Paris...

Hilda said...

Al & Bob:
There are free public restrooms, but they're not very clean and usually have no toilet paper or soap.

SRQ said...

As long as there's an alternative for people not willing or able to pay...because otherwise, I can imagine the kind of problems this could create.

Jacob said...

I didn't know that. Too bad. Some of our public restrooms are just awful, but some are quite nice. I will always patronize a place with clean restrooms over a place that offers the opposite!

lunarossa said...

I'd rather pay for something like that clean and safe than going free into some dirty bog! Ciao. A.

Misalyn said...

I guess the payment goes to the salary of the cleaner, pero employee naman ng government usually ang mga cleaners di ba? Or for the toilet's maintenance.

Magbabayad na lang ako makagamit lang ng malinis na toilet :)

VP said...

You can say that of almost any place, too often people in public toilet behave like beasts...

Lois said...

That is too bad, but I guess it is worth it!

Francisca said...

I think VP is right... and in emerging economies, the temptation to pilfer the toiled paper is just too high. I get it. And carry my own tissues.

Colleen said...

maybe because the government don't have a maintenance for their restrooms in public places

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☺lani☺ said...

Don't worry not only in the Philippines. Even in London needs to drop some coins to enter. In Paris, someone is there to collect the coins. In Budapest, I really need to go to the Toilet but I have no coins that time... we end up running home :)