So, today, I was downtown, just wandering around. It’s something I love to do, especially down in the Coal Harbour area where I used to live. So today, after having a couple beers and some $4/pound wings down at the most excellent Library Square pub, I decided to walk around a bit while waiting for my buddy to get downtown.
So I walked around, went down Robson…then realized that I’d had a couple beers, and they went right through me. So, I figured “hey, we have those cool automatic bathrooms downtown now, I’ll just go use the one down the street here on Robson.” Never mind that I’d never seen the thing actually working. So I went to it, and sure enough, it’s out of order. So that got me to thinking…do any of the other ones bloody well work at all? So after making a quick stop-off at Pacific Center, I went to look.
Sure enough, NONE of them work. There’s one down at Davie and Seymour, one at Nelson and Granville, the famous one down at Main St. Station…none of the f’in things work!
(In case you have NO idea what the hell I’m talking about, Vancouver, a year or two ago with great ballyhoo, got these automatic self-cleaning toilets for tourists and set them up with ads all over Vancouver.) Keep in mind the ads are being changed and updated, but that’s it.
So just on a hunch, I tried to use a washroom nearby one of them, the owner said “no, go use the automatic one outside!” Well, it doesn’t work. “Well that’s not our problem!”
And people wonder why Vancouver gets a bad rep.
I do recall actually, one night a few weeks back. I was downtown with Joel and some girls on a Friday night, and while we were at Ginger 62 I decided to go for a walk and get some air. So I walked down to where the auto-can is at Granville and Nelson, and it was out of order of course, and there were cops there ticketing people who went to take a leak in the alley.
Isn’t that kind of entrapment?
Anyways, I doubt the city would ever do anything about this. Good old Gregor cares about nothing but looking good on camera, and being seen to pretend to be doing something. Which sucks because I enver ever used to think that.