Then sensors arrived in the world of public convenience sinks for a ‘hands-free’ experience which is a bit funny when we’re talking about washing our hands.
At the Tai Chi taps the temperature controls are usually removed and skin-scalding hot is the only setting. I’ve been told this is for ‘Health and Safety’ as the water needs to be hot enough to kill germs so the temperature can’t be lowered. Which probably means more people avoid washing/burning their hands and more germs are spread that way.
Dryers can be one of those super-duper powerful beasts that either you dip your hands into or blasts down with the force of an explosion. The noise of these machines scares small children and old people alike as they get buffeted around. Plus, many of those ‘dip your hands in’ dryers have been installed at the same height as the old dryers so you need to be a giant to be able to reach from above.
I recently read a guide to using public toilets in the UK, written for American visitors, so we must have something complicated here. I liked the end of the instructions: wave your hands under the dryer that won’t actually dry your hands then wipe your hands on your legs like everyone else does. So true.
The supposed simplification of spending a penny has become far too complicated these days. What’s the public toilet technology that’s your least favourite?