Wednesday, February 20, 2008

may be occupied at any given moment


Beth saw this in Peru. I'm not sure if they mean it's available or you don't have to pay, but either way the quotation marks aren't helping anything.

16 comments:

Jeff said...

Man, those damn trowers sure are annoying. Not sure which definition they mean:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trow

ironic1 said...

I'm more intrigued by the warning not to "trow" paper inside the bowl. I wasn't sure what a "trow" was, but apparently it's a flat bottomed boat or a mythical creature from the Orkney and Shetland islands. Either way, I'm not sure what this means.

Anonymous said...

now, see.. i prefer my restrooms to HAVE a toilette. none of this toilette-free crap.

and do my eyes deceive me, or is that a trompe l'oeil smiley face-hanging-sign-thingy? why not just leave it as a creepy, dead-eyed smiley face? why the illusion that it's hanging there on a string?

Anonymous said...

and it's so fun when you can't flush your tp. putting it in a garbage can next to the toilet -which is the method i'm assuming they use at this establishment- is just so.. vivid.

eilbeback said...

I love this blog! I sit at work and read it and have to cover my mouth with my hand while I attempt to chuckle silently. Sometimes, however, I just let loose and roar with laughter. Thanks all!

Anonymous said...

When I went to Mexico, the toilet paper was 25 cents and you had to throw it in the trash due to the plumbing problems.. This may be the reason.

TheJay said...

If the intention is to let people know the toilet is free, do you have to leave the door open when you're using it?

Sarah said...

I love the tiny little "H" in "t(h)row".

jblueafterglow said...

I like the odd capitalisation for both signs.

Anonymous said...

toilet free could be a slogan, kinda like "fat free" meaning there is no fat, and there is no toilet.

Anonymous said...

The words are painted on the door, so you can read them whether someone's inside or not. I guess that's why there needs to be quotation marks around "free."

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why they felt it was necessary to paint a huge smiley face for the "Please don't throw" message. Is this the equivalent of our "Have a nice day"?

Not quite the Bradys said...

Not having the luxury of world travel at this juncture, what with the six kids and all, can someone tell me what the normal rate for toilette usage is in third world countries? I recently discovered that in countries other than our beloved USA, they take 15% off the price of takeout food because IT IS TAKE OUT. Maybe this is how they recoup the cost?

Kelly said...

Hey, I live in Peru! And the throw thing is because a LOT of the older plumbing/pipes is made of ceramic stuff, that's kind of porous on teh inside, so paper can get caught in it. And it's a real bitch to have to go in and repair or unclog. My husband won't let me put a wastepaper basket in the bathroom, because he's afraid most visitors will assume it's for used TP.

Ew.

Thomas Fowler said...

The two signs leave it open to trowing coins into the bowl. Maybe they even hope to encourage it, hence, "free" rather than simply free.

Nik said...

There's probably a bowl on the counter where the cash goes since the toilette is "free." They don't want people putting paper in the cash bowl.
I see no mistake here.
:)