Tuesday, April 27, 2010

but the most disconcerting...

The most disconcerting of public toilet signs were those I came across at the preview of the World Expo grounds in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago.  The toilets were very clean, and seemed like they are going to be good for handling the high traffic expected at the Expo.  But I have a feeling this sign will confuse some foreigners from Western countries.



There is actually pretty good attention to detail in the set up of the public restrooms at the Expo — and I think setting up these facilities is actually no easy task.  I thought this feature was a rather surprising touch...



It's located right about knee-high — within easy reach when sitting or squatting (and squatting toilets outnumber sitting ones by a fair bit).  I would hope I never need to press this button (and especially hope my knee never accidentally knocks against it), but I suppose it's rather thoughtful to put it there... just in case.

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2 comments:

silken said...

you're right, I'm confused by it!

hifidel said...

I figured many foreigners wouldn't realize that the sign means "don't throw paper in the bowl." There's a wastepaper bin next to the bowl for disposal.