What? Really? You still make people get a key from you to use the toilet? Really?

I don’t use convenience store toilets very often, so I’m no expert, but I do use them from time to time and I must say it’s been quite a few years since I’ve had to get a key from the cashier. I thought that practice died long ago.

Well, today the Plaza SuperAmerica reacquainted me with ol’ procedure. And the key wasn’t attached to a small piece of wood or a plastic tag; it was attached to a friggen Frisbee.

So, what am I supposed to do when I get inside, since I can’t put the key in my pocket? Am I supposed to wrestle my dork out with one hand? Because there’s no surface wide enough to set this key down except in the middle of the sink, on the floor or balanced on the door handle. I could maybe wedge it into the condom machine, but if it falls out it’ll land in the toilet.

Am I too much of a germaphobe or are restroom keys disgusting?



about 12 years ago

The key should be connected to a bottle of disinfectant.


about 12 years ago

The BP out on west Superior St. requires a key- attached to a long stick. And the lock to the men's room is hinky at best.


about 12 years ago

Keys for public bathrooms drive me crazy!!! I also find that bathrooms that require keys also seem to be less clean than their non-keyed counterparts. Not sure of the correlation there.


about 12 years ago

At public toilets in Ecuador you don't need a key, but each unit has an attendant and you must pay 10 cents to use the facilities--and if you need papel hygenico, that costs extra.


about 12 years ago

Once we were at Bulldog Pizza, we had to get a key to use the bathroom that apparently a lot of businesses in the bldg and the library shared. . . well we took the key home with us. I meant to return it, but eventually just tossed it.

Cory Fechner

about 12 years ago

I asked to use the restroom at Pine Needle Mountaineering in Durango, CO and they had a "key on a ski" I had to carry into the mall to get into the bathroom in the mall. Wish I had taken a picture.


about 12 years ago

You need a key for the bathroom at the Hermantown Goodwill, which strikes me as odd because you have to drive to get to the store. There won't be non-customers walking in just to use the bathroom.


about 12 years ago

Now, that's an ultimate Frisbee.


about 12 years ago

The fact that Paul Lundgren's dick is a dork seems *completely* apropos.


about 12 years ago

Now, that's an ultimate Frisbee.


about 12 years ago

Gawd, I thought the Beaver Bay Holiday Stationstore was the last bastion of bathroom keys (they've converted to no-key-required).

Sandy Petersen

about 12 years ago

The last time we were at the Cloquet Public Library for something related to home school, we had to get a key from the librarian's desk to use the bathrooms in the hallway.


about 11 years ago

"And for your 3rd and final wish?"

"I wish to be a Frisbee."

"Is that all?"

"Yes. A Frisbee. Forever."

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