Growing up in Egypt, it was quite easy to find a bathroom when needed.
The nearest mosque would be a great option, and restaurants too.
Neither are on sight? that means you must be in a secluded area, and in that case, you can just do your business the old-fashioned way.
In Seattle, this is a completely different story.
The city has a major shortage of public bathrooms.
Sometimes, this becomes an urgent matter, so I run to the closest restaurant and ask: Can I use your restroom?
Often I get the answer: Bathrooms are for customers only.
I decide to buy the cheapest thing on their menu so I can use the bathroom then give them a 1-star review on Google Maps (maybe also Yelp?).
Why do I act in such a pity way you ask? well, it’s not a pity.
I can afford the wasted dollars buying something I don’t need, others may not.
It’s illegal to just do it on the street, but if someone were to be fined for it I just call that tyranny.
If the city fails us by spending our tax dollars on the wrong things, and society fails us by denying people help unless they pay for it, such illegality is just a brutal attack on vulnerable people!
These 1-star reviews are my expression of rejection of the lack of empathy and disconnectedness of businesses from the needs of the community.
If you can’t act as a community, you are not a decent business.
But it’s not the business’s responsibility you say? except it is, businesses are the alternative to public land and service in a capitalistic society, isn’t it?