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Pay-Per-Pee: You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

March 1, 2009

There are many ways to survive a recession, but trust me, charging your customers to use your bathroom is not one of them. Irish budget airline, Ryanair, recently admitted to toying with the idea of pay-per-use restrooms, but let’s hope it never leaves the discussion table. Many things came to my mind when contemplating this experience:

*What kind of currency are you going to put the meters in? If Ryanair chooses the euro, they’re leaving out the UK: a huge portion of their market.

*How much are you going to charge? Will it eventually cost extra if you want the door locked?

*What happens if you don’t have any change? Will you then have to endure the humiliating experience of demanding of the fellow sitting next to spare a euro or you’ll simply pee in your chair?

Right, so we live in a world where everything has a price, but it’s hard to know where to draw the line. Using the bathroom is a very personal and regular part of one’s life.  It seems like a human rights violation to be depriving someone of,  or charging  for that privilege. Next, there will be an Oxygen Fee tagged onto our ticket price.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Ryanair.  As an avid, albeit poor traveler, Ryanair is my saves-the-day airline for cheap flights and European jet-setting. I’ll give up my feet space, I’ll surrender being trendy for the sake of only taking a carry-on, and I’ll even pack my own lunch, but I won’t put a price on my dignity.

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