In one restroom we found this product dispenser in the stall:
It's a little hard to read because I should have used the macro setting on my camera, but basically it's a cleaning soap (disinfectant, one hopes) that you dispense on to a bit of toilet paper and then wipe down the toilet seat with before you are seated. Ewwwww, was also the response to that.
If you can read German you'll get a chuckle out of this sign posted on a bathroom stall door:
It's a little rhyme beseeching you to use the toilet brush before you leave so that no one should have to "read the tracks you left behind."
Actually, I found the Swiss quite revolutionary in the world of European public restrooms. Take a look at their McClean facilities (does McDonalds know about this infringement on their trade name I wonder?):
|A McClean public restroom facility in the Bern train station.|
Since I, as a matter of principle, refuse to pay to use a restroom, I did not enter the McClean facility seen here, but one of my co-chaperones did. She proclaimed it exceptionally hygienic and well-stocked with everything - except toilet seat covers. As you can see from the pricing schedule below, McClean exhibits a measure of sexism in its rates:
Women have to pay 2.00 Swiss francs to use the WC; men only pay 1.50 for the pissoir.
We didn't see any free-standing pissoirs on the streets of Switzerland (à la France) nor encounter any squat toilets (common in Turkey and still seen in Italy). In Zurich, this pay toilet stood in a busy market square:
I like to think European countries are beginning to see the wisdom in providing public restrooms (anyone like the smell in the Paris Metro?) and maybe someday will also determine them to be much more effective when offered at no charge. And much more sanitary with disposable toilet seat covers.
This post is part of Photo Friday at DeliciousBaby.com.