I saw them on my first visit in 2003, but the fact that the public toilets in France are free didn’t really sink in until this trip. Yes, to all of those living in the pay-me land of San Francisco’s non-free public toilets, you heard me right. The toilets that they put out cost nothing to use in Paris.
This makes a lot of sense because it greatly cuts down on the amount of filth that humans may leave in the street. San Francisco has to learn from this because some guy down on his luck is going to use any change he has to buy another bottle of booze and not put his hard-begged money in to a thing he can do for free in Capp Alley. Of course, San Francisco makes you pay something because they’re worried about guys sleeping in there or doing drugs in there. I don’t know what the French think about this angle, but it seems not having human poo on city streets is a higher priority.
I have to admit that I didn’t actually get around to using one of these Love Johns, but I did witness a great many people going in and out of them. Maybe they were doing drugs deals? On a quick glance, I have to say that they looked pretty good inside. In fact, they were a great deal cleaner than many I restaurant’s bathroom that I had used.
So, it seems like it’s a pretty good idea overall. Now if only they could figure out something to do with all the dog crap for those who suffer Paris Syndrome.