Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pishers' Guide to Jerusalem #6, Bring Your Own Paper

This is a continuation in my ongoing series about public toilets in Jerusalem. See #5, Saved by The First Station aka #4a, #4#3#2 and #1.

Last week I visited the Public Toilets in Safra Square, the Jerusalem Municipality for the first time in quite a few months. It had always been a favorite of mine. Even when showing up at 7:15am, I never had any complaints about them. That is until last week...

Yes, bring your own paper. I checked a whole bunch of stalls; there wasn't a single "square."

It's a good thing I had brought tissues and actually found them! A woman wandering around there, and it's a nice large facility with two long rows of stalls, asked me if any were clean. Actually, the place didn't smell, but it's due for renovations, especially considering the stained toilets.

At least they had lots of soap. Not every public toilet can brag about that. And the wastepaper baskets were empty. That meant that the public restrooms had been serviced recently. Or did it just mean that there hadn't been any paper for a long time.

If you have any connections with the Jerusalem Municipality, please find out why one of my all time favorite loos has gone downhill. The location makes it very popular, since it's right near a light rail stop and the Old City. There aren't any other public toilets nearby. You would have to go to Jaffa Gate, in a restaurant or the Mamilla Mall, which may be too far in some cases.

Was this just a fluke? If you've been by and had a different experience, please let me know, thanks, whether better or wrose. These Pishers' Guide to Jerusalem posts are meant to be a public service. What is more important than knowing where the closest WC, OO, the loo are?

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