Student, Harris-Stowe State College
"Only in an emergency because they're so filthy. I'm scared of disease and everything so I just try to avoid them. And if I ever do go in one, I stand up -- I never sit."
Sales Clerk, Slim's Used Ace Bandages and Whatnot Store
"It would have to be at least as clean as the bathroom in my mom's house and that's immaculate -- I mean, you could probably eat a sandwich off that floor. I'm worried about germs, so if a restroom is really disgusting I just wouldn't be able to go."
Proprietor, Rommie CD Salon
"Absolutely not. No way. If there was an 'emergency' I'd find a nice, secluded spot in the woods rather than use a public restroom -- yuk!"
"Routinely, but not because I want to. It's just that I'm often out in the neighborhoods where nice restrooms are scarce, although I have found that QuikTrip restrooms are fairly decent. You can either hover or use multiple layers of toilet tissue, depending on the level of grossness. But, you know, any port in a storm when you're desperate."
Former Prison Librarian
"I use them all the time, they're like a second home. Plus, you get to read while you're doing your business -- all the graffiti makes you think about all the people who go to the john with pens. You get your guys who write some shit like, 'the Bears suck,' and then you get the guy who marks underneath it, 'you suck!' See, that's humor. There's artwork, poetry ... it's actually a cultural experience."
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