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    Helpful directions in Edinburgh

    Photographed this the other day in a shopping centre near Edinburgh Waverley station. (Might it upset some, if it implies Scotsmen are neither men nor women?!)

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    I take it that was in Princes Mall beside the station as the only other shopping centre near there is a building site at the moment. I don't find it upsetting, more a rather puerile attraction for tourists. At least they will see something in a kilt as the real thing is a bit of a rarity now the festival is over. I can envisage short-sighted lassies choosing the wrong toilet door however.

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    Americans with a Scottish ancestry believe that native Scots deserve their own toilet. There is something other-worldly and super human about the people and the culture.

    I base this on a strict bias of my part.

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    Well, for those who are orthographically challenged, “Ladies” and “Laddies” might look the same....
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    Perhaps a dumb question, but what's the metal contraption in the doorway? A turnstile or pay station?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    Perhaps a dumb question, but what's the metal contraption in the doorway? A turnstile or pay station?
    It will be a turnstile that you pay with coins to get through. There are similar ones elsewhere such as the Bus station and the train station and unless you have the right change you don’t get in! Bad news for those in dire need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdinSteve View Post
    It will be a turnstile that you pay with coins to get through. There are similar ones elsewhere such as the Bus station and the train station and unless you have the right change you don’t get in! Bad news for those in dire need!

    Here I sit, broken hearted; paid the toll and only f*rted.... sorry, couldn’t resist..
    I'm not lost, I just don't know where I am

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdinSteve View Post
    It will be a turnstile that you pay with coins to get through. There are similar ones elsewhere such as the Bus station and the train station and unless you have the right change you don’t get in! Bad news for those in dire need!
    In fairness to the shopping centre's owners/managers, there is a change machine provided. Also, on the day the photo was taken, the change machine was out of action, and in consequence they allowed free entry! A careful look at the turnstile will show that the rotating bar across the entrance has been removed.

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    I didn't mean to derail the thread, but I'm slighly astounded by the idea of charging an entry fee to use the loo. Here in my neck of the proverbial woods, such a brazen attempt at nickel-and-diming people over such a basic physical need would be met with outrage, derision, and likely a social media campaign to boycott the venue. They would claim (and perhaps rightly so) that this is capitalism gone awry, and a thinly-veiled attempt to discourage certain social classes from being there. Businesses here sometimes have a policy of restrooms being only for paying customers, but even that has been attacked recently as discriminatory. Is this sort of toll station for restrooms common in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    I didn't mean to derail the thread, but I'm slighly astounded by the idea of charging an entry fee to use the loo. Here in my neck of the proverbial woods, such a brazen attempt at nickel-and-diming people over such a basic physical need would be met with outrage, derision, and likely a social media campaign to boycott the venue. They would claim (and perhaps rightly so) that this is capitalism gone awry, and a thinly-veiled attempt to discourage certain social classes from being there. Businesses here sometimes have a policy of restrooms being only for paying customers, but even that has been attacked recently as discriminatory. Is this sort of toll station for restrooms common in the UK?
    Not unusual anywhere in Europe.
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