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If you are offended by lavatorial don't open

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Alexa Mon 29-Jun-20 10:28:13

Frequent and numerous complaints about councils not spending public money on providing toilets in public places such as beaches, parks, and high streets. Some people are incontinent or have IBS, or have to change the baby's nappy etc..

The ancient Romans we are told did it all in public, sitting in sociable rows. If we got rid of our inhibitions public toilets like those of the ancient Romans would cost comparatively little, would be sociable places to have a chat, and would not be vandalised or used for drug taking.

Kate54 Mon 29-Jun-20 10:29:17

Every cloud....

Nortsat Mon 29-Jun-20 10:43:48

Oh my word ...

mrsgreenfingers56 Mon 29-Jun-20 10:44:50

Not for me, thank you!

Squiffy Mon 29-Jun-20 11:09:09

What the Romans did for us . . . . . ?! No thank you!

MawB Mon 29-Jun-20 11:13:56

sociable places to have a chat

It would certainly encourage wearing face masks! gringrin

annodomini Mon 29-Jun-20 11:15:36

I picked up a poster at a Roman fort which showed the legionaries sitting 'doing their stuff' in a row. I kept in in my downstairs loo. Don't know what happened to it when I moved house. There's a row of communal WCs in the wartime air raid shelters in caves which are a tourist attraction in Stockport.

DiscoGran Mon 29-Jun-20 11:17:03

The ancient romans were all dead from malaria by about 30. The communal lavs can't have helped.😱

Septimia Mon 29-Jun-20 11:29:36

It might speed things up, but I'd be standing outside cross-legged waiting for a quiet moment! No way could I 'go' sitting with a crowd of strangers. I suppose it's a case of what you're used to.

annsixty Mon 29-Jun-20 11:31:09

As a child I lived in a village in Derbyshire and a farmhouse very close to my home had an outside earth closet with 3 seats/ round holes in a long wooden well S rubbed plank of wood.
We used to have our school and Sunday school summer treats there and we girls would love to go for a wee together, we would laugh and chat, for a twice a year occasion it was great fun.
I don’t recall anyone getting splinters it was very smooth.

Froglady Mon 29-Jun-20 11:35:32

I had a few interesting experiences in France on holiday when I was a teenager as I was quite often mistaken for a boy and was directed to the men's toilets! And I didn't realise their mistake as I used the ones with doors on them until I was coming out of them one day and my Mum saw me and asked me why I'd been in the men's - then it all came out! I always checked after that.

quizqueen Mon 29-Jun-20 11:57:29

People nowadays would throw plastic bags and all sorts down them and they would quickly get blocked up. I'm sure the Romans wouldn't have done that if it was their only 'mode of convenience'.

Bathsheba Mon 29-Jun-20 12:15:58

Can you imagine how filthy they'd become?

HootyMcOwlface Mon 29-Jun-20 12:19:41

Oh no, that sounds like a nightmare I have every now and then! 🤭

Davida1968 Mon 29-Jun-20 12:20:32

If desperate, I might manage a "shared" wee, but that would be it...

BlueSky Mon 29-Jun-20 14:25:03

I'm intrigued by the open loos displayed in Celebrity SAS. How can you 'perform' with a neighbour in the next loo?

Grandmafrench Mon 29-Jun-20 14:29:41

MawB. I think you've got it grin

B9exchange Mon 29-Jun-20 15:02:56

Anyone remember this one?

MissAdventure Mon 29-Jun-20 15:48:49

I doubt anyone would want to sit (silent 'H'!) next to me.

boodymum67 Mon 13-Jul-20 14:44:57

Alexa, you must be having a laugh!

Elegran Mon 13-Jul-20 14:49:24

Alexa The Romans were inventive but hadn't got round to toilet paper. Would you revive their custom of passing round a shared "sponge on a stick" too?

MissTree Mon 13-Jul-20 15:07:17

On a tour in China the coach stopped in a service station and we all made a bee line for the loos. In the womens’ area there were several different kinds. Some had 2 seats facing each other behind a half door. Some had three ! Some had just one. There were also those single holes in the ground thingies .
And in another city we stopped where the loos were over a running stream which you could see beneath you as you sat there !
And I have to mention that I don’t like the US habit of peering under the door to see if it’s occupied 😧 . I’ve noticed this in a few places over there.
And don’t get me started on the French one where you had to negotiate a row of men performing on either side while the attendant shouted out for you to take the ration of loo paper she was waving . This was on a school trip back in the fifties so things may have improved. Hope so.

PinkCakes Mon 13-Jul-20 19:47:17

Oh, no, definitely not grin. I hate using public toilets anyway, and always make sure to use the toilet before I leave the house. A couple of times recently, though, I've had a wee in the woods grin

Welshwife Mon 13-Jul-20 20:04:43

When driving through a France if we should stop at loos which are the tray with a hole in the centre type I find I suddenly no longer need to go!
I once asked my French friend how you used them and she said - well to start with you roll your trouser legs up above your knees!! I cannot remember the rest of the instructions.
I have found that even the most rural of French toilet blocks even with the old fashioned sort now have a disabled toilet and they are usually more conventional!

lovebeigecardigans1955 Tue 14-Jul-20 17:28:57

I really can't imagine sitting in a row doing my business. These days sometimes there is a sign up. "Thieves operate in these toilets" so how would you store your bag safely? If there is a hook on the door I use that but no door, no hook? You wouldn't be able to run after them quickly if your kecks were round your ankles. I can imagine a Benny Hill type scene with a chase accompanied by a saxophonist.