Pee Free - Finding Accessible Washrooms with Foursquare
Has anyone else noticed how difficult it is to find a public washroom in Toronto? This may seem like an odd question for a sex shop to be asking, but it may surprise you to know that aside from our great customer service, high-quality toys, and educational approach to sex retail, we're also well known for our washroom at 701 Queen Street West.
So, what's so special about our washroom?
Well, before you get any racy ideas about the Come As You Are washroom, I should tell you that our washroom is primarily known as being one of the only truly public washrooms on this stretch of Queen West (that is, we don't make you buy something to use it) and further, it is the only public gender-neutral accessible washroom on West Queen West. Wow.
I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging because mostly it is just terrible that we're the only one. This is kind of like when Good Vibrations privatized and we became the world's only co-operative sex shop by default - I mean, it sounds nice, but it is not like we did anything extra to earn the title. In fact, we wish there were more co-op sex shops AND public accessible washrooms!
So, what do you do when you're not hanging around Queen West in Toronto and you need to find a washroom? Well, as is the new norm, there's an app for that! Using the information submitted by users to Foursquare, folks have built an app to help you locate washrooms near you. Even better - when they have the information, they indicate whether the washroom is accessible.
I know it seems like I'm giving a lot of attention to Foursquare lately - despite my obvious privacy concerns - but as with all technology, sometimes the usefulness can be more important than the sacrifice. In the case of the Pee Free app, you don't have to be on Foursquare to use it, and you don't need to give a lot of information about yourself - just where you're looking for a washroom.
There's a free, ad-supported version and a paid version available for Android currently, and it should be coming to the iPhone soon.
Has anyone had a chance to play with this new app? Please do let me know what your experiences with it have been like!