Toronto Pay Toilet automated

Checking in on Toronto's automated toilet

Not so long ago, we (along with every other Toronto media outlet) covered the opening of Toronto's first automated pay toilet. At the time, I marveled at how clean and futuristic the washroom was. It struck me as this odd combination of the utopic and dystopic; everything worked wonderfully, but it seemed almost too controlled and sanitary for there not to be a hint of the sinister lurking somewhere behind the spotless metal facade.

But, as every restaurant critic knows, you shouldn't review places on their first day. So, given that I was in the area taking photos for another post, I thought I'd make a brief return visit to this toilet of the future.

I didn't exactly know what to expect, but I was pretty sure it wouldn't be as pristine as the first time I popped in. Surely, there would be some paper towel on the floor, a little graffiti on the walls.

Nope.

This washroom was almost exactly as I left it. Check out the photo evidence below.

Before

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After

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After

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Now, it's true that maintenance staff do periodically clean this unit - still, you can't complain about someone not doing his or her job. It may be $400,000, but so far so good on the cleanliness front.


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