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I recently (during July) went on a bus tour to Northern Israel and during the trip we've made a few stops for snacks and a toilet break. When I went to visit the the bathroom, I've noticed that while the toilets were relatively clean, they all lacked a toilet seat. This was the case both on gas stations and near tourist sites.

What is the reasoning behind this? Are they afraid of people stealing the toilet seats or something?

  • In some countries, users crouch over toilets or pits, and don't sit directly on them. I'm speculating if that's the case here, but that's my instinct. – Jim MacKenzie Aug 8 '17 at 17:27
  • @JimMacKenzie no, that's not the case. – Shadow Jul 26 '18 at 13:08
  • Toilets are primitive in Israel tourist areas. Filthy. Often no. Toilet paper or seats. To add insult you must pay one or two Euros to use the toilet. You also have Tip the toilet manager. Do you business at your hotel and hold it for the rest of the day. – John Madison Apr 18 at 18:57
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It's just bad maintenance.

Any toilet installed in Israel will certainly have a seat. But the seat may, sooner or later, break. A well-managed site will have the seat replaced. If management neglects it, or is on an awfully tight budget, or it breaks every other day, then it won't be.

Crouching over the toilet is not common in Israel. But perhaps people occasionally do it to avoid contact with the seat, and break it in the process.

A little off-topic - I recommend McDonald's, who tend to keep toilets in good order. Of course, if you go in then you should buy something (they have good ice cream).

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I had a similar issue when hiking in Northern Israel in March. I camped at several sites where the restrooms didn't have seats, paper towels weren't stocked, etc.

I heard the reason for my experience was due to it being the off-season for camping.

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    I can understand there being no toilet paper because it's not restocked out of season, but it's hard to believe that "it's out of season" could be the reason for having no toilet seats. Also, the question doesn't precisely say what time of year it's talking about but "recently" for a question asked in August suggests the summer, to me, so not off-season. So, overall, I'm not sure this really answers the question. – David Richerby Aug 11 '17 at 14:24
  • I was taking a trip in July which is certainly during peak tourist season. – JonathanReez Aug 11 '17 at 16:01
  • I'd rather have a piece of toilet paper and no seat. Priorities. – Paul Palmpje Apr 18 at 20:22

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