9.28.2007

Random Memory

While The Ticket was doing another hypothetical this morning (How high would the denomination of the currency have to be before you would pick it up out of a public urinal?), I had this weird flashback: Didn't the stalls in public restrooms (not the urinals) used to be coin operated? That is, the doors wouldn't open unless you deposited fifty cents (or something like that.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that it was a dime -- I remember them at the airport.

Anonymous said...

I remember them in the mall, people would crawl under them or try to catch it before it closed or hold it open for a buddy.

Anonymous said...

It was a dime at the airports - but not every stall cost a dime - some were free. The assumptions was that the one you had to pay for was cleaner???? (I think - I was a wee child.)

Anonymous said...

In California there are still some public restrooms that are pay-per-use. Saw a couple like that when I was there this summer.

Anonymous said...

Back in the day, there was talk of making public restrooms pay-per-use, but there are so many ways to cheat the system the idea never took off because it wasn't cost justified.

It was a crappy idea anyway.....

Anonymous said...

In Germany at some airports, you had to pay a large haus frau to let you in - no one cheated.

I remember sticking some rolled up TP in the doors at DFW toilets to jam the lock - it was just my way of helping the poor.