Tea shop owner takes a stand against 'panic-peeing'
The owner of a Diss tea room has taken stand over what she has described as 'panic-peeing'.
Justine Staines, who runs Fairchild's Tea Rooms on St Nicholas Street, has put a sign in her window saying: £1 to pee - or Buy a Pot of Tea (Or coffee) after a stream of visitors asking to use her loo.
"I am fed up of it," said Justine.
"It's almost as if people are panic-peeing, like they were panic-buying during the Beast from the East, or perhaps they are looking for the best place to go, before the toilets are demolished.
"There was someone on Monday, someone on Tuesday, someone on Wednesday and three on Thursday.
"I would have to pass the cost of toilet paper, water, soap onto my customers which I am certainly not prepared to do.
"I told one person they are for customers only and they could only use it if they buy a cup of coffee. They said: Ok, but I haven't got any money.
"If I had let them, they would have stolen both a cup of coffee, and the use of my toilet."
Diss Town Council recently said it would be investigating a community-based toilet scheme as an interim measure following the demolition the public toilets at Mere's Mouth.
The scheme would involve incentives for traders to open their loos for townsfolk and visitors.
It has been met with scepticism from some traders who fear problems such as rising water rates, shoplifting, security and even drug taking.
"I don't know if people think the community scheme has already started but I am certainly not letting anyone use my loo, now or in the future.
"It is just not a good idea, at all," added Justine.
A full report and analysis of two expert surveys into the current condition of the Mere's Mouth toilet block can be found in this week's Diss Express.