Rutley, I am the type of person who wipes down shopping cart handles, re-wipes tables in restaurants (if they don't appear clean) with a disinfectant towelette (in my purse at all times), NEVER touches a public doorknob (without a paper towel), flushes public toilets with my foot...
NO! I would not use a public bathroom with anything in the toilet. And, let me tell you, I have seen some awful things, not only in the toilet, but on the rim, all over the floor...I could go on and on. Also, many of these public facilities have no windows, air conditioning or ventilation. I sometimes feel as if these places are just crawling with germs.
Sometimes I am very disillusioned with how inconsiderate the public can be. Not to mention the numerous people who use the toilet and don't wash their hands!
I try to avoid public restrooms at all costs. Sometimes that is not possible. For example if I spend seven hours at Barnes & Noble, I cannot avoid it.
And I NEVER, EVER, under ANY circumstances use a port a john. I cringe at the sight of them.
However, I must give kudos to the ladies room in Bryant Park, New York City...it is extremely immaculate...a woman is there all the time constantly cleaning the sinks, toilets...even plastic covers on the seats.
Also the bathrooms in Branson, Missouri where they have terrific shows. They are clean, beautiful and stunning.
AND, Extreme kudos to the cleaning ladies who work for hours and hours in the bathrooms at the New York State Fair. They keep the sinks and toilets consistently clean, and they provide hand cream and hard candies.
These people truly deserve good tips. It's a hard job, and I applaud them for it.
Blessings, Sparklea :)