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A few days ago, I visited a large, modern¹, public toilet at a Czech university which featured no toilet paper in the cabins. This wasn’t simply because the supply was depleted: There was no device for holding toilet rolls (or even remnants of it) nor was there a shelf or even a door handle to hold them. The only place to possibly store toilet paper was on the floor (not that this would have been a good idea). Apart from this, the toilet was a regular European cistern-type flush toilet.

You could bring some paper towels from the toilet’s foyer – if you noticed soon enough. And even ignoring this problem, this seems very unpractical as you have to estimate your needs beforehand.

Little surprisingly, my question is: why? Since every other toilet I visited in this country did feature toilet paper, I assume that it’s not a general cultural aspect. The only regular of that building I could get hold of could not answer my question either.


¹ Clearly less than ten years old; had electric hand driers amongst others.

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  • Concerns about theft and maintenance? I think I have seen this at universities in other countries, although I am not sure I would describe these as “modern”. – Relaxed Jul 25 '15 at 9:21
  • @Relaxed: It also does not explain the existence of paper towels in the toilet’s foyer. – Wrzlprmft Jul 25 '15 at 9:23
  • This doesn't seem particularly odd to me. Paper towels of the kind used to dry your hands are more difficult and less useful to steal than toilet paper rolls. – Relaxed Jul 25 '15 at 9:26
  • I was in the faculty of economics in Prague for a whole week and we always had toilet paper. There were even spare rolls in each stall. It was as soft as sandpaper but that's another story. :) – JoErNanO Jul 25 '15 at 9:28
  • @JoErNanO: That was probably the same conference I was attending (but not the same toilet). – Wrzlprmft Jul 25 '15 at 9:54