I’ve been piddling away Euros these past two weeks while piddling in Germany. In my youth, pay toilets were uncomfortably common in urban areas and certain mid-range department stores, Kmart, Newberries, and the like. Ah, the agony of a young girl needing to pee doing the ants in the pants dance while Mom is digging through her purse for a dime or quarter!
And so I say to my German sisters: frei die toiletten! It’s time for a sit-down protest of the pay toilet. When Americans started refusing to use them – because a savvy shopkeeper offered free next door – the pay toilet became a dinosaur, disappearing by the early 1970s. Everyone has to pee, and those who don’t want to pay at German toilets already find a place to do it outside.
Obviously, it’s the women who need to lead this sit-down protest. Take it to the seats, and do it for the sake of your own little girls, dammen!