“News that Balthazar owner Keith McNally has relieved bathroom attendants of their duties at the great Soho brasserie means one very good thing: People will return to their tables with cleaner hands. That will surprise only the maybe three New Yorkers out of 8 million who actually like having a toilet eunuch hand you towels and grovel for a tip. I’d rather face a squeegee man than a potty porter. I flee a restaurant john without soaping my contaminated fingers rather than have my hands held by a creepy stranger who makes me feel like I’m the one begging.”
Totally legitimate and proportionate to the situation at hand. Finally, a voice to the voiceless New Yorkers who’ve always felt that every time they take a piss, it’s “an act deserving respectful silence.”
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