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"Penny spending" map...Edit

Okay this may be a "sensitive" topic area, but do any cites produce maps on where you can reliably find toilets that are open for public use?

Here in the UK, I wasn't aware of any, despite there being maps produced for other 'accessibility' issues.

Asked by: ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:37, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Visitor maps of cities - both fold out maps and those displayed in the street - often have public toilets marked. TfL also produce a map of all the Tube stations with toilets.
But, again in the UK, some local authorities have closed public WCs and instead pay local businesses (usually pubs) to allow non-customers to 'spend a penny'. As a consequence, you can walk into pretty much any pub, cafe or fast food restaurant in Sheffield city centre (for instance) and use their loos for free. In that case, a map wouldn't help much.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 14:47, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
True, but using a pub or cafe loos isn't always available, I've had some cafe's in London object when I asked politely. Although not Central London, I've been told some 'churches' are open minded about letting people use their 'facilities' ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 15:00, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
Aside: The 'pub' gets swept now and then, I was thinking maybe answered questions here in the tourist office should also be swept to appropriate article talk pages, rather than to an central archive? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 15:00, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
Airports and public buildings (libraries etc.) usually have free toilets. Using toilets in small restaurants or pubs without consuming anything is frowned upon in most of (Northern) Europe, but it's usually ok to use toilets in chain restaurants (Starbucks etc.) and chain hotels that have a public lobby (Ibis etc.). 188.172.192.19 15:14, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
Try Great British Public Toilet Map - it looks quite good, although it is not that clear about the details of the facility and exact directions. I found the link from this homeless magazine, which I had seen on paper a few months ago. In the UK, department stores and larger supermarkets often have free toilets. Rather than asking a pub if you may use their toilets, it is probably better to ask them for directions to the nearest public facilities - if you are lucky they may say "use ours". AlasdairW (talk) 21:02, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
Regarding Starbucks in particular, their restrooms are open to the public in all locations, even if you don't purchase anything. This wasn't always the case, rather was the result of international backlash over an incident in a particular Starbucks location. I've been in places where there were more Starbucks than traditional public toilets, so it's quite helpful. Lakenh (talk) 18:30, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

Looking for suggestions on a Presidents' Day Weekend TripEdit

Hey there! My family was looking for advice on a Presidents' Day Weekend Trip with some parameters. We're hoping to stay within the US and not encounter snow. We live in Northern California, and it'd be two parents and a 17 year-old boy going on the trip. We're considering Kauai, New Orleans, San Diego, Atlanta, and multiple places in Texas. Any suggestions?

We're pretty easy-going about what we want to do on our trips. We like big cities, nature, museums, activities, whatever. Perhaps there are some festivals going on during that time period? —The preceding comment was added by Joshund (talkcontribs)

In New Orleans, there are probably some events related to the New Orleans Mardi Gras. The Fat Tuesday itself is March 5, but our article says "After spotty earlier festivities, parades roll most nights starting 2 weekends before Mardi Gras."
Other than that, if you haven't already, please check out our guides about the places you're considering going to . -- ϒψιλον (talk) 14:07, 14 January 2019 (UTC)