Monday, 26 March 2012
Vancouver's Public Toilets Take A Beating
Plugged with everything from hoodies to newspapers, Vancouver public toilets are taking a beating. The city has installed eight self-cleaning, sanitizing toilets in high traffic areas to assist people in need of relief. CBS/JCDeceaux has a contract to install two additional toilets a year for the duration of their contract but admits that Vancouver toilets have a higher rate of vandalism than in other cities. In December of 2011 it was reported that the public toilets were used 177,000 and that they were vandalized 856 times.
Scarier though than having an overflowing toilet is the fear of being stuck in one without being able to get out. On Dec 5th, 2011 a man was trapped in the Nelson/Granville toilet for 45 minutes. After using his cellphone to call for help, city workers had to pry the door open with a crowbar.
I have yet to enter one of these shoebox size toilets but if you have, I'd love to hear your experience.