#651. The "Restroom for Customers Only" sign

An obvious indicator that you are in an undesirable neighborhood is the scarcity of legitimate businesses and ubiquity of liquor stores, pawn shops, payday loan stores, and venues that mandate paying customers only can use the lavatory.

We know who this is aimed at keeping away

One of the worst feelings for a person lost is the required asking for the proper directions at the gas station to your destination, only to be greeted by an employee safely behind a bullet-proof, plexi-glass window with a tiny slit at the bottom where money can be exchanged for goods.

It is in gasoline stations such as this that the frequency of “restroom for customers only” is more than likely found. In a bid to ward off loiters – “no loitering” signs don’t always work – businesses are forced to undertake desperate measures.

If you find yourself in a situation as the one described above, please vacate the gas station immediately for your own safety. The probability that crime is a constant customer at this establishment is high and your life is more valuable than trying to decipher the directions some clerk at a gas station is giving you.

Gas stations, department stores, and restaurants that publically stipulate the “restroom for paying customers only” clause have passed into the unfortunate realm described in melancholy detail by Robert Putnam in his study on diversity. High levels of repeat theft have caused a disconnect between the business owner and consumer in this situation, requiring a careful vetting of those who are likely to pay for a good or service and those who are determined to perpetuate stereotypes.

Marginal Revolution attempts to describe this problem:

Ilan, a loyal MR reader, asks when a restaurant decides to make its bathrooms “customer only.”  I see a few factors:

1. Fear of drug use or illegal drug dealings in the bathroom; the importance of this factor seems to have declined over time.

2. The belief that some people will buy a drink just for bathroom rights.  We did this in Brooklyn on Saturday and it was worth it.

3. The desire that only paying customers shape the ambience of a restaurant; this is important in areas with gangs.

On the other side of the equation is fear of Jack Henry Abbott, the realization that any restriction is not fully enforceable, the desire to cultivate good will among potential customers, and giving the visitors a chance to look at the food and atmosphere. 

Overall I’ve found that restaurant restrooms are more available to non-customers than ever before and I attribute this to the aging of America and the greater likelihood of a sharply declining marginal cost curve.  In other words, at least until this year raw materials expenses weren’t so important so the profit value of an extra customer was pretty high and restaurants would do a lot to cultivate good will.  In general rising commodity prices mean decreasing margins (retail prices don’t rise by full offset) and thus adjustment on other margins, such as portion size and service quality.  The bathroom isn’t as clean as it used to be either.

A business owner mandating that only customers may relieve themselves in THEIR bathroom is obviously paying the so-called the-word-that-shall-not-be-named tax. Having been the victim of thievery by those who use their lavatory and quickly depart with stolen goods, business owners are forced to deprive good people who honestly just have to pee of that right.

Gas stations throughout the nation once operated in a manner that allowed consumers to fill up their tanks before they paid. The proprietor of the gas station showing explicit trust in their consumers, which has subsequently been replaced with the notion of pre-paying for gas in a desperate move to stop those drivers who pump-and-run (who else pumps and runs? Hmmm…) Preying on the confidence bestowed by the owner on an unproven customer is a joy of diversity, pushing operating costs up and profit margins down.

If a business has been financially aggrieved by individuals, then precautionary measures will be enacted to off-set future losses. That the freedom of a good natured customer is suspended — one who may have even paid before at that same establishment – because of reprobates abusing the trust of business owners is a sign of tyranny upon the innocent.

The freedom to use the facilities of businesses without payment was once a question never even broached by those in need of relief. Loiterers, criminals, and villains who prey on the indulgences of business owners blissfully unaware of the-word-that-shall-not-be-named tax have created the notion of tyranny upon the innocent.

Such is the reality of “restroom for customers only” signs, an obvious indicator that the nigger tax is being paid where you stand. The costs of diversity are great; the tyranny upon the innocent it births greater.

Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes “restroom for customers only” signs because they are a clear indicator that Black criminality has transpired in that same business before and that the owner is taking precautionary measures to deter repeat offenses from transpiring.

The-word-that-shall-not-be-named tax (let’s call it the diversity tax) cannot be quantified, but can be qualified in a discussion on the following:



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