To the editor: This has been bothering me for some time. The conditions of many of the restroom facilities in our local restaurants should be an embarrassment to the owners and managers.
Cases in point. One popular restaurant has a men’s room that opens onto the bar area where patrons at the bar have a view of the complete interior. For limited privacy, the toilet area is partitioned off with a shower curtain. In this facility, the smell of “second-hand beer” permeates the area. I will not return there for another meal.
In another local popular restaurant, also with a bar area, the toilet is not fastened at the floor and is loose and wobbly. The elongated bowl has a standard round toilet seat, a very unsanitary installation. It makes me wonder why the owner did not buy a proper toilet seat. Or maybe he does not care.
I have seen in a number of restaurant bathrooms the required sign for the employees to wash their hands but have found there is no soap in the soap dispensers or paper in the towel dispensers. Also, the toilet paper holders are broken and so the toilet paper is sitting on the dirty toilet floor area.
All public bathrooms should have elongated toilet bowls. This is particularly true for those stalls set up for disabled individuals.
Standard round bowl toilets are appropriate only when the area is too small for an elongated bowl, and that is in residential construction only.
Toilet partitions should be of stainless steel or a material that dissuades the vandals and what appears to be drug club members from marking their territory. If the partitions are not cleaned of writing, it encourages more. The toilet partitions and floors in many local restaurants and other public facilities appear as though they have never been cleaned, and the detritus on them is from very suspect origins.
It seems that the state must not have laws or jurisdiction on the unsanitary condition of these public restrooms or that the state cannot enforce them.