The Anonymous Widower

Are Starbucks Just Public Toilets That Sell Coffee?

This notion is put forward today in Caitlin Moran’s piece in The Times.

It also contains the piece of information that Manchester has just one public toilet. That can’t be true can it?

I rarely get caught short, but if I am, I usually go into a betting shop as many have very good toilets   All you need to do, if you feel guilty is to watch a race before or after doing the necessary.

Last night though in the Barbican, I went into one of the worst toilets for some time. The door had been spray painted by a vandal and the pan was slightly blocked and didn’t pull too well either.  For one of Europe’s largest arts centre it was a disgrace and very inferior to the immaculate ones inside Ipswich Town’s ground at Portman Road.  In fact on the whole football clubs do seem to try to get good facilities.  I can’t think of a bad one and I’ve used toilets in perhaps thirty grounds in the last few years.

January 5, 2013 - Posted by | World | , , , , ,


  1. There are fewer and fewer public toilets everywhere James, they get vandalised, used by prostitutes, all sorts of things. The arrangement in Northern cities is that there are very few few public toilets as such, but that cafe’s, restaurants, larger shops etc have a duty to allow the public to use their facilities. It works very well. These places want to keep up their standards, and so generally they are very clean and well equipped. And it saves a great deal of public money.

    Comment by Liz P | January 5, 2013 | Reply

  2. […] The only problem is that there isn’t a good gluten-free cafe, except Starbucks or by walking through to the Barbican or Spitalfields. But at least the Starbucks doesn’t masquerade as a public toilet. […]

    Pingback by The Shops Are Closing « The Anonymous Widower | January 8, 2013 | Reply

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