Washroom attendant

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A Bathroom attendant's work station.

A bathroom attendant, restroom attendant or washroom attendant, is a janitor for a public toilet.[1] They maintain and clean the facilities, ensuring that toilet paper, soap, paper towels, and other necessary items are kept stocked. If there is a fee to use the washroom, it is collected by the attendant if there is no coin operated turnstile or door.

Some washroom attendants also provide services to the patrons, and keep good order by preventing drug-taking and fights.[2][3]

Premium services[edit]

The attendant may turn on the tap and provide soap and towels. At the attendant's work station, an assortment of items may be available for purchase or for free such as mints, perfume/cologne, mouthwash, chewing gum, cigarettes,[4] pain relievers, and energy drinks.[5]

In North America, they are typically found at extravagant restaurants, night clubs, or bars. Robots are starting to be used in this role at the toilets in Japan in motorway service stations. Each attendant machine costs about 3.5 million yen, which is just about $45,000 USD.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (2004-10-08). "Spitzer in Effort to Get Wages for Valets". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  2. ^ Cook, Daniel (2008-04-09). "Who'd be a toilet attendant?". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Confessions of a Vegas Bathroom Attendant". The Bachelor Guy. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ "NYC's "Bill Gates of Bathroom Attendants" Brought Down by Justice". Scrivener.net. 2004-10-13. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Confessions of a Strip Club Bathroom Attendant". clevescene.com. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  6. ^ Japanese hi-tech toilet attendant. Tokyo Times. 2007.