|This isn't a joke but I'm posting it here anyway because it is a hilarious piece found in the Vancouver Sun. |
Vancouver restaurant bans men from peeing standing up October 12, 2011. 5:30 am • Section: Curious Dad
Photo by Chad Skelton
A Vancouver restaurant has come up with an interesting solution to the men-can’t-aim problem: Ban men from peeing standing up.
Recently, my wife and I had brunch at the Edible Canada bistro on Granville Island. When I went to use the facilities, I was surprised to see just one unisex bathroom with about six private stalls and a communal sink area.
Even more surprising, though, was the sign above the toilet, showing a stick man tinkling into a toilet with a line through it. Yes, Edible Canada has banned men from peeing standing up.
Back in my high-school days, I had a job at a fast-food restaurant, where one of my duties was cleaning the washrooms. I was often shocked at how much dirtier the men’s washrooms were than the women’s. And as a frequent user of men’s washrooms, I can attest that men are absolutely disgusting. Not only can’t some men aim, some don’t seem to bother to raise the seat before they go.
In Edible Canada’s case, where men and women have to share toilets, I can see why they’d be interested in reducing behaviours that might make things messy.
But, still, isn’t banning stand-up peeing a little extreme? Not to mention, as far as I can tell, completely unenforceable?
Being able to pee standing up is one of the perks of being a guy, perhaps even a rite of passage.
It wasn’t long after the Older Boy learned how to sit on the potty that he wanted to “pee standing up, like Daddy”.
I was curious where Edible Canada got the idea for such a policy — and what kind of feedback they’ve received. So I emailed them a few questions. So far, no answer.
If and when I get a response, I’ll post an update.
What do you think? Is it OK for a restaurant to ban stand-up peeing? Post a comment and let me know.