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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"To Pee or Not to Pee, That Is The Question..?" 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

Photo of sign at the Bistro restaurant on the North shore of Kaua'i,
you can't make this stuff up...
Photo courtesy ; Leo Azambuja- Kaua'i Garden Island News

To Pee or Not to Pee, That Is The Question

To pee or not to pee, that is the question on Kauai''s  north shore city of Kilauea .

"To be, or not to be" is the famous opening phrase of a soliloquy in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In the soliloquy, Hamlet questions the meaning of life, and whether or not it is worthwhile to stay alive when life contains so many hardships. He comes to the conclusion that the main reason people stay alive is due to a fear of death and uncertainty at what lies beyond life."

 Like the play Hamlet visitors and locals alike are questioning whether it's worth staying alive if you have pay to pay 10.00 to a local restaurant  to urinate  or defecate while visiting Kilauea  , a city on  the North shore of Kaua'i.

Ten dollars can buy one  a decent lunch even on the overpriced island of Kaua'i but to have to pay another $10.00 to relieve oneself is totally insane?

A recent article in the Kaua'i Garden Island News by Leo  Azambuja   titled, "To-pay-a-fee-or-not-to-pee."  tells the story of a restaurant  owner  trying to come up with a permanent solution to restroom problems but laws have gotten in the way. She was having  the septic tank pumped every week, and now has installed porta potties. If the county opened the neighborhood center's restrooms it would alleviate the problem....  Read Leo's story;
http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/to-pay-a-fee-or-not-to-pee/article_d42e64b8-fd99-11e2-aa6c-0019bb2963f4.html

My friend Chuck Lasker recently posted on his  Facebook wall  something I think says it all concerning this scenario,  "How to overreact and lose business out of spite: After reading the article, my opinion, right or wrong isn't what matters. What matters is, if I was planning on eating at Lighthouse Bistro and I saw that sign, I'd walk away. It's massively rude, regardless of the reasons. The tenants at Kong Lung need to demand that Patricia Ewing install/maintain sufficient restrooms for the entire need, regardless  if it's homeless, tourist or patrons. If it's too expensive, then close it up - that's how business works. To anger your customers while you wait for government to come solve your business problem is a uniquely Kaua'i thing. To put it all on homeless people is not only offensive, it's unconstitutional by the Hawai'i state constitution - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kānāwai_Māmalahoe  

"It's ironic really, because if you ask anyone where the "bleeding heart liberal" part of the island is, they'd say the north shore. But if you look at north shore businesses regarding the homeless, etc., they're often cold as ice."

At  least guys have an easier time finding a bush.... I say if you plan a trip to the north shore of Kaua'i, men  remember to  bring a portable urinal like us old guys over 55  keep by the side of our beds, woman bring a 5 gallon bucket, your guy may need it too.  By law  restaurants must have wheel chair accessible restrooms, now imagine if someone in a wheelchair is turned down because they do not have the ten dollars?The ADA would be all over them with lawsuits coming out the butt (excuse the pun) (Cha Ching)

A  sign at the restaurant  in the future might read; one slice pizza $5.00, one drink $2.00, restroom use $10.00 and $15.00 to breathe our AC, or $20.00 for fresh salted ocean air! For our loyal patrons coffee is on the house, literally on the roof of the house! 
Photo courtesy; Leo Azambuja,
Kaua'i Garden Island News
A restaurant that charges ten dollars to use it's toilet right or wrong must realize many will be offended by the sign alone and never come in the doors.They have even posted a sign as seen above that violators will be prosecuted? Prosecuted for using a restroom?

 It looks like this would be a good restaurant for Chef Gordon  Ramsey's show, "Kitchen Nightmares."
http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/

 This  restaurant is most definitely number one in the number two business! 
You can't make this stuff up! ;D)

Epilogue:
A conversation between  a visitor and the restaurant owner might go like this;
Restaurant owner- "Sir, will there be anything else besides your $10.00 fee to poop and shishi?"
Visitor-"Yes please give me some of that fresh salted ocean air for $20.00 and a fake smile for $30.00."
Restaurant owner-"Will there be anything else?"
Visitor- "No Thanks"
Restaurant owner- "OK then,  that will be $ 60.00, did we mention toilet paper is an extra 25.00 plus tax?...And let us say ALOOOOOOOOOOOOHA!"

P.S. Bathroom Humor by Youtube, dis funny!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCFuwJPwUTM



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26 comments:

Harmony Bentosino said...

I believe use of restroom is free if you eat there. So you could get the cheapest thing on the menu which is probably less than $10.

KimoRosen said...

good point harmony! maybe order a cup of coffee or soft drink?

23 commments-Cuck Lasker's FBwall said...

https://www.facebook.com/chucklasker/posts/10151611647813149?comment_id=27757745&offset=0&total_comments=23

Diana LaRussa said...

via facebook," In Asia it's very common to pay for TP in the rest room."

KimoRosen said...

When I live in japan, they had beautiful maintained restrooms on almost every block supplied by the city parks for free. However people carry their own tissue or tp in Japan.

Linda Stuber said...

When we went to Galvaston TX this spring, we had to pay to use the restroom. It was actually a beach fee, but most of the beach was free to use, but the area with the restrooms was something like $10 for a car.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Definitely the government should provide public land for pay rest rooms ,hire the unemployed to manage & clean after each use ,pay them a salary so the pay taxes too,sell toilet supplies to generate income.Bonus for good work. We need paid public rest room especially in urban malls & shopping centers,land & services

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

need to be paid by the users,no free lunch .OK if the property owners so contented to offer free to pee.

KimoRosen said...

nc, easier to be a guy and find a nice bush close by.

Jamie Gallo said...

Via facebook,"~ if you want to use my Haiku Bathroom I will only charge you $5...... so come on and pee!"

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Guys do have the advantage,public restrooms are like death & taxes,never goes away but we must take good care of the women folks also,they are precious jewels,n'est-ce pas ?

KimoRosen said...

Totally agree Uncle Chester! Amen!

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Guys do have the advantage,but we need to take care the women folks with dignity & respect & provide them a decent place to pee or wash their hands

Michael Herr said...

via facebook"Aloha. I have visited these stores and eateries many many times over the years. I have used the restrooms there many many times. Sometimes I have bought something and then used the restroom, other times I have not bought but needed the restroom. If I buy $100 worth of merchandise, can I get a ticket good for ten restroom punches? p.s. I have also used the gym (guys were shooting baskets) and the park restroom."

KimoRosen said...

craziness Mike! punch cards good idea, and on the tenth visit you get a free whoopee cushion! ;D) Maybe something to write about, your always welcome back as a guest blogger anytime,, doesn't have to be a weekly commitment , just an appearance every now and then?

Chuck Lasker said...

via facebook," Interesting comments on my thread on this. More complex, of course, than it appears. My views are evolving. This is still the wrong reaction, but the county needs to deal with this properly."

KimoRosen said...

chuck, I'm writing a block about this, can i quote your thread on your FB wall concerning this?

Chuck Lasker said...

via facebook,"You can use anything I ever post. The comments I mean are my cousin Mike's comments, though. I would link it but I am on my phone..."

KimoRosen said...

Mahalos chuck!

Rick Comstock said...

Via Facebook,"I'd like to say we pounded the piss out of this topic and nothing will change until you just drive by..."The Black Hole of Kilauea"

Bettejo Dux said...

Via email,"I think your friend was a little harsh. I pay for three houses using the potty. My agreement with my tenants was I would pay the first one hundred for water bill and they could split the different. For yeas I was paying about $112.00 every two months. I didn't bother charging them the $6.00. My bill is now $145.00 a month. A month. So I now pay fifty dollars a month and they pay about the same. $95.00 divided by two.

I did not ask the county for help but I certainly could not close my rentals. They pay to pee and poop, just like me.

In a way it's a good thing. We will all learn to conserve water. Please try to find and watch HOME. A brilliant documentary about the severe water problems the world faces.

Maybe everybody should carry around a little baby porta potty. Fill it up. Carry it back to the Hyatt and flush it. Or maybe at the nearest gas station.

Maybe we should have fewer tourists. Fewer houses. Fewer people.

Kimo you can copy and paste this to your site. Tell your friend I can't afford to hire him...."

Bettejo Dux

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

No business license for Restaurants who do Not provide FREE restroom for patrons,mandate government to erect a big sign at the entrance of any restaurant indicating the NO FREE REST ROOM POLICY & restaurant's Health inspection result for the month & see how long the business lasted !!!business is a privilege to serve the people,not the One per-centers !!!

KimoRosen said...

Bettejo, I would really like to see you blog on this subject with all your writing skill, wit and wisdom it would be a doozy!

Chuck Lasker said...

It would be a pisser!

KimoRosen said...

her blog would make #! ;D)

Chuck Lasker said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPl94ir6dLw