Train Station Closes Bathroom To Public, Pisses Off Passengers

A scrawled note scotch-taped to the New Rochelle train station in New York tells passengers that they better hold it. The city has decided that’s it too expensive to keep the bathrooms open. The recession takes its toll on your toilet.

New Rochelle’s City Manager Charles Strome said people vandalizing the bathroom has become increasingly rampant and the city can’t afford to monitor the bathrooms anymore. At one point the vandals ripped the toilet off the wall. Part of the problem is budget cuts in other city services.

“Our police department has ceded a 10-percent reduction in staff so we don’t have regular patrols there like we used to. So all in all it was costing us a significant amount of money to keep the bathrooms open at the train station,” Strome told CBS News.

Over 2,000 passengers commute into New York City from the New Rochelle train station each day. The City Manager said travelers should use the bathrooms on the train.

Could your local public bathroom be next? Let’s get some stimulus money going on this “fanny-ready” project.Bathrooms Shut Down At New Rochelle Train Station [CBS New York] (Thanks to Chuck!)