Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 8, 2011, 6:44 p.m. EST by ka100
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I've been hearing that protestors are having some problems with bathroom access. I've also been hearing that a lot of local and nearby business are getting upset with protestors for breaking things in the bathrooms, leaving them messy, using the restroom without buying anything, etc. I know many people participating in the protests don't have money to buy things, and getting restrooms dirty will happen no matter what you do with people living in a park for weeks. So I had an Idea that might help that problem.
Talk with some of the local and nearby business owners and set up a sort of bathroom cooperative with them. In exchange for them providing one bathroom stall in their bathroom for protestors (have to save some stalls exclusively for paying customers), the protestors will agree to scrub clean the bathroom every evening during the store's closing. I think they would understand the protestors not being able to buy products. As long as there is no damage to the bathroom, I think that alleviates a lot of the store-owners' concerns. They are getting some benefit out of it (having their bathroom cleaned thoroughly each day for free), and their paying customers will still have access to restrooms (assigning only one bathroom stall to protestors while leaving the rest for paying customers).
If you do this at multiple locations, you will be able to supply protestors with adequate bathroom access while taking strain off of a single location. You can coordinate with store owners to signify to protestors which stores allow protestors to use their bathroom and what they allow (bathroom only, or showering in the sing + bathroom use) by signs on the front of the store
I've been reading that many of the locals are getting fed up with the protestors and we don't want that! We want their support and we want them to see the movement in a positive light. I think this might be a good Idea to help. Please share your thoughts with me!