My post on the sign on the door of a Singapore loo has generated comments about who should pay for public loos.
This is one thing I don’t mind being rated for. Like a lot of country people, I use public loos in town when I’m at home. People who live in town might not need them in their own town but if they travel at all they must use them in other places paid for by other people.
The alternative to ratepayer funding is for someone to run it as a business. The one in Singapore was a pay-to-go loo and I’ve encountered ones where you not only pay to go, you also pay per sheet of paper.
But I suspect that only works where there’s a high volume of users and no minimum wage.
The other option is for businesses to provide them for customers, as many do.
That may help attract custom, but not all travellers want to eat, drink or buy everytime they need a loo.
The other point to consider when wondering who should fund loos, is what people would do if they couldn’t find a loo and the consequences of that justify public funding for me. It’s enough of a problem in the coutnry or bush, I don’t want to think about what might happen if their were no easily accessible public loos in towns.