My wrath about nightclub toilet attendants resurfaced last week as I went to a club with a friend for the first time in an age. In the loo was a man with his fragrances and lollipops, pouncing at every person – providing the wholly unnecessary service of turning the tap on and giving out a paper towel. The result…most men steered clear and left without washing their hands.
The entire concept flies in the face of decent hygiene. While having an attendant may provide slightly cleaner toilets, it creates a much dirtier nightclub (and no, not in a good way). It means in an environment where many are drunk, often with limited aim, they don’t wash their hands, then wander around pawing each other, touching glasses, touching walls, doors handles and more.
Is that really good 21st century practice? I first blogged on this way back in 2005 (see paying for toilets is unhygienic) and I’m sorry to see little seems to have changed.
Of course there’s no legal obligation to pay these attendants, but it feels at worst threatening and at best discourteous not to. So come on nightclubs, while I suspect it’s a cheap way to have commission remunerated toilet attendants / security, show a little responsibility, at least have one attendant free sink so those who want to wash, but don’t want to pay get the choice.
Am I on my own on this?
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