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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

S.F. Thai Restaurant Is Now Charging Non Customers $2 to Pee

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

click to enlarge The price to poop - JIM HERD
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In case the scent of fresh urine and other bodily functions on the streets of San Francisco wasn't convincing enough that this city could use another public restroom -- or 50, we just came across more evidence:

Phuket Thai in the city's Lower Haight has decided to open its bathroom to non customers -- but for a fee. SF Citizen snapped this image as proof that the restaurant was capitalizing on people who really gotta go.

Curious about this side business, we called Phuket where we spoke to an employee named Mary (she would only give her first name). She confirmed that the restaurant was indeed collecting cash from non diners, and from her perspective, for good reason.

"We have to pay for our water and toilet tissue -- everything," Mary said, adding that the managers were fed up with randoms dropping in to tinkle, and then clogging up the toilets with excess tissue and all the other stuff that goes with it.

"Some fake it and say they want to order, but then go to the restroom," Mary continued.

The hand-written note appeared on the outside of the business' door only recently, after the restaurant replaced its toilet bowl for the umpteenth time. So far, the new powder room policy seems to be working. "Some will buy a drink or some will pay if they really need it," Mary said.

Now moving on to the next pissing contest ...

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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