S.F. Thai Restaurant Is Now Charging Non Customers $2 to Pee

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Jim Herd
The price to poop
In case the scent of fresh urine and other bodily functions on the streets of San Francisco wasn't convincing enough that this city could use another public restroom -- or 50, we just came across more evidence:

Phuket Thai in the city's Lower Haight has decided to open its bathroom to non customers -- but for a fee. SF Citizen snapped this image as proof that the restaurant was capitalizing on people who really gotta go.

Curious about this side business, we called Phuket where we spoke to an employee named Mary (she would only give her first name). She confirmed that the restaurant was indeed collecting cash from non diners, and from her perspective, for good reason.

"We have to pay for our water and toilet tissue -- everything," Mary said, adding that the managers were fed up with randoms dropping in to tinkle, and then clogging up the toilets with excess tissue and all the other stuff that goes with it.

"Some fake it and say they want to order, but then go to the restroom," Mary continued.

The hand-written note appeared on the outside of the business' door only recently, after the restaurant replaced its toilet bowl for the umpteenth time. So far, the new powder room policy seems to be working. "Some will buy a drink or some will pay if they really need it," Mary said.

Now moving on to the next pissing contest ...


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Malcolm High
Malcolm High

to pee or not to pee..that is the question..

Jon Thirlby
Jon Thirlby

here in the uk, there is still an old law that a pregnant woman may request the use of a policemans helmet to pee in, just a thought.......

Jessica Tovar
Jessica Tovar

nobody should have to pay to use the restroom

Ian K Shields
Ian K Shields

Okay everybody, here's the plan: Tomorrow night at midnight, go pee on this restaurant's door, and staple two dollars to it. (Be sure to leave a "thank you" note!)

Anne-Marie Dumaresq
Anne-Marie Dumaresq

I HATE using a public restroom ANYWHERE, but when I *really* have to go, I GPS a Starbucks... For one thing, they are FREE regardless of whether you're a customer or not. :) Btw, what did that "Gino" guy say?

Little Middy
Little Middy

I'd pay to pee but on the other hand , it is a natural human function. Everybody has to pee!

Reina Mira
Reina Mira

If I really need to go, I'll talk to the person at front and say I can pay a dollar to use it. Some people agree, other just let me use it.

Sam Chambers
Sam Chambers

One time I had to pee while I was driving, and the restaurant I stopped at was going to charge me to use the restroom; thankfully there was a police officer inside, and he told the restaurant they could not charge me to use the bathroom, as they had a certain amount of seating. According to him, if there is over a certain amount of seating, a restaurant has to provide a bathroom, even to non- customers. This was about ten years ago though, and I don't know if the cop was just lying so I could pee. Hmm.

Gary Dale Robertson
Gary Dale Robertson

Ummmm I missed what this Gino guy said looks like it didn't go over very well though

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

I was stranded in San Francisco following a surgery. Seventy bucks does not cover the cost of a room. MUNI will run everyone out of the tunnels at closing time and does not have restroom facilities. I am disabled and spent the night in 38 degree temperature in front of the CHASE BANK ATM and eventually moved into the MUNI stairwells with the homeless. The difference between them and me was they had blankets. In the very early morning hours, I bought a coffee at Starbucks on Market and 7th. The clerk said there were no restrooms but Starbucks customers were welcome to use the facilities at The Whitcomb Hotel. The Desk Clerk saw me coming and b;locked my entrance to the restroom and ordered me off the hotel premisses. I am a Senior crippled with AIDS, walking with a cane. That desk clerkwas sure BRAVE throwing a cripple out. If an organization such as The Positive Resource Center or The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, were renting at the time, I would have been allowed to use the facilities. My experience shows The Hotel Whitcomb proves the hotel has a real attitude against the disabled.

Misty Gandee
Misty Gandee

well that's good to know, I WILL NEVER EAT THERE. THEY MIGHT BE TO CHEAP TO WASH THIER HANDS, or USE HOT WATER TO CLEAN DISHES

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John Lilly
John Lilly

They wouldn't have to do that if there were more public restrooms. I don't blame them.

John Lilly
John Lilly

What does that have to do with paying to piss, Mike Richmond? Digress much??

Diana Pardini
Diana Pardini

We're all glad you left too. Stay away. Stay far, far away.

Diana Pardini
Diana Pardini

And who are the two douche bags who "liked" his comment? Really?

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

@Gino: I'm glad you don't live here anymore. You're an asshole. I know I shouldn't say that, because looking like you do you already have enough problems, but stupid on top of all that? Really sorry for you you sorry son of a bitch.

Julia Mae Thies
Julia Mae Thies

I have bought crap I didn't want or need just to use the bathroom, a flat fee would have been fine with me and cost less.

David Politi
David Politi

Same as that sushi place by the parking lot across from the metreon

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