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Pay Toilets The first pay toilet in the United States was installed in 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pay toilets were prevalent in restaurants and other public buildings until the mid-1970s. However, a campaign by the Committee to End Pay Toilets In America (CEPTIA) resulted in laws prohibiting them in cities and states--legislation that was widely applauded by the public. In 1973, Chicago became the first American city to enact a pay-toilet ban. At the time, according to the Wall Street Journal, there were at least 50,000 units in America, mostly made by the Nik-O-Lok Company. CEPTIA was successful over the next few years in obtaining bans in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, California, Florida and Ohio. Lobbying was successful in other states as well, and by decade's end, pay toilets were greatly reduced in America. However, they are surprisingly still in use in some places. Many people would be shocked to learn that pay toilets are once again legal as the CEPTIA-inspired bans from the 1970s have been repealed in many jurisdictions.
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Added: 9th April 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-04-09 
I vaguely remember these from my travels to the USA in the early 1970s.

Pay toilets have to rank among the stupidest and most repulsive inventions ever concocted. Would the business owners that had these things installed prefer their customers do something else?
Posted by: Electricland on 2011-04-09 
I saw them in Britain at that time too.
Posted by: Old Fart on 2011-04-12 
It was a good THEORY.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-04-13 
Apparently in Britain pay toilets are legal but pay urinals are illegal.
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