Public Toilet Just Don’t Exceed 10 Minutes


I recently visited Lithgow and while there needed to go to the bathroom, I saw that they had installed some new space-aged auto toilets, 2 to be precise were there to use.

These new toilets were the ones that you press a button to access, then press a button to lock the door.  Once I pressed the button to lock the door it then a voice told me the following:

“Once the door is locked you have 10 minutes”

Geez what happens if you take longer than 10 minutes????? Does the door magically open and you are still on the toilet for all the world to see? Hopefully, if you are having issues and are still there after 10 mins then a kind person on the other side of the door will close it for you, well that is if there is anyone about at the time.

Note to self, I just need to be done in under 10 minutes and all is good.

After I did gain entry into the new toilet space it was playing some music… and the music it was playing was the instrumental version of “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love”. What an odd music choice…Oh well best be quick to not have this song in my head all day.

While still seated on the toilet I was madly searching for where the toilet paper was. I really couldn’t find it. At this stage, I started to panic as I really did need toilet paper.

I magically found a button that dispensed a very very small square of toilet paper. To get more I had to hit this button many times and at one point the button went a different colour and didn’t let me get any more paper! Shit really (yes bad pun), is this it??????

Finally, after waiting a bit I hit the button again and got more extremely small squares of toilet paper. Really, if this is all I am getting I’m going to be here for a while just getting toilet paper.

Now my next thing to figure out… How to flush the toilet? There was no button, nothing to do it manually.

However on the wall there was a sign that said that once you wash your hands the toilet will automatically flush.

Now I do wash my hands always but it is an interesting way to ensure people do.

I walked out of my surreal space toilet adventure looking very confused. Hubby thought I was stumbling but I was more stunned at what is going to be next. Will there be robots to help me next time? What if the time frame to use the toilet gets less and less? In the future will there be a way you can tell the toilet with a voice command if you need more time?

Also, I did have this song in my head all day and yes I was singing it…. not good at all! What is love sweet love

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone”

Written by Hal David‎ and Burt Bacharach.

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