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Tuesday, August 13, 1974
Writing on the wall:
An end to pay toilets

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (UPI)-)
half-century-old American inst
tution-the dime gobbler on th
toilet stall door-is under seig
in many states and manufac
turer Frank Rowse predictsr
hollow victory if the "Flush fo
Freedom" movement wins.
The mobilization of American
against the pay toilet ha
brought victories in Chicago
Florida and Alaska for CEPTI
-the Committee To End Pa
Toliets in America-and simila
groups. With a battle cry o
"Flush for Freedom," it pub
lishes a 1,200 circulation news
letter called the Free Toile
Paper.
Lockmaker Rowse insists hi
product serves a positive func
tion and that there is a definit
need for more.
He is president of the Amer
can Coin Lock Co., which fo
more than 50 years has lease
and maintained pay toilet lock
throughout the east. It is on
of two firms making the item
"People don't realize the ex
pense in maintaining a goo(
restroom," Rowse said. "Mos
of our accounts were forced int
putting locks on because of pub
tie abuse. Freeloaders often us
public toilets as dressing rooms
AP Photo particularly near beaches. The
are not customers at all."
Ira Oessel, a Massaehusett
tnstitute of Technology grad
airman of ate, formed CEPTIA in 197
in Wash- and says initially "we weren
ogress to- too sure how serious we were.
A CEPTIA researcher i
Nevada recently notified col
nickname, leagues that irritation over pa:
was started toilets isincreasing, with we
ir. It refers men.s libbers in the forefron
ity of the who say pay toilets discrimi
ers with tar nate as long as men's urinal
are for free.

Pre-testimony chat
Treasury Secretary William Simon, right, chats with Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), ch
a Senate subcommittee on multinational corporations, prior to testifying yesterday
ington. Simon told the panel that lower oil prices will depend in large part on pr
ward a Middle East peace settlement.

A Mass. State Rep. Daniel Day,
i- whose bill to ban pay toilets
e was taken lightly in the state
e legislature last year, sides with
CEPTIA.
a "People are sick of going in
r and having to pay for the basic
necessities," Day said.
s Robert Stambach of Nik-O-
s Lok, R o w s e 's Indianapolis-
, based competitor, contends "a
A toilet is not a right but a privi-
y lege offered by a locality.
"Sure it's a basic necessity.
But that doesn't make it free.
- There's nowhere you can get
- free food, nowhere you can get
t free burial expenses, nowhere
you can get free clothing."
s Stambach's firm is appealing
Chicago's free toilet law before
e the Illinois Supreme Court.
"Most places have some pay
i- toilets and some free ones so
w that a person has a choice.
d Ninety per cent of our accounts
s have both, so there is a choice,"
e Rowse said.
. "The public should realize
that somebody has to pay for
the service and it should be the
d users. Some toilets accessible
t only by coin have sterilizing
o lamps that sanitize the seat and
- act as a room deodorizer and
e can only be put behind the lock
, because of the expense," he
y said.
Arthur O'Neil, security chief
s at Green State Airport in War-
wick, R.I., said the $3,000 an-
0 nual lock profits help restock
and maintain the restrooms.
Vandalism is almost totally
n confined to the airport's t w o
free toilet stalls. The other .6
y have locks.
"We've been in business for
over 50 years and will stay in
s business, for theretis a definite
need for this sort of thing,"
Rowse said, estimating -he cur-
rently has between 9,000 and
10,000 locks on lease.
PERTH FEC
MATCATHE.
OUT OF YOUR MATCHES
BEFORE THEY PUT THE UFE
OUT OF YOUR FORESTS.
-9

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